Mixed Paper, Newspaper, & Magazines
Kitchen, Laundry, Bath: Containers empty & replace cap
Aluminum and Steel Cans empty and rinse
Food and Beverage Cartons empty and replace cap
Bottles and Jars empty and rinse
Q. What type of paper can I recycle?A. All paper, including cardboard. If it tears, you can place it in your recycle container
Q. Can I recycle my old phonebook or shopping catalog?A. Yes – Phonebooks and shopping catalogs are recyclable
Q. Do I have to remove staples or tape from cardboard boxes before placing them in my recycle container?A. No – Staples and tape do not have to be removed. Please remove all non-paper packaging material (bubble wrap, Styrofoam, packing peanuts) before placing cardboard in your recycle container
Q. Can I recycle glossy coated or white cardboard boxes?A. Yes, cardboard boxes with a glossy exterior or white exterior can be placed in your recycle container
Q. Can I recycle a wax coated box?A. No, place wax-coated boxes in your trash container
Q. Can I recycle my pizza box?A. Yes – Please remove any leftover pizza, sauce containers, peppers, and plastic pizza top saver. If grease soaks through the bottom or cheese is stuck to the lid, tear off the contaminated section of the box and recycle the clean section.
Q: Do I have to remove staples or tape from cardboard boxes before placing them in my recycle container?A: No – Staples and tape do not have to be removed. Please remove all non-paper packaging material (bubble wrap, Styrofoam, packing peanuts) before placing cardboard in your recycle container
Q: Can I recycle glossy coated or white cardboard boxes?A: Yes, cardboard boxes with a glossy exterior or white exterior can be placed in your recycle container
Q: Can I recycle a wax coated box?A: No, place wax-coated boxes in your trash container
Q:Can I recycle my pizza box?A: Yes – Please remove any leftover pizza, sauce containers, peppers and plastic pizza top saver. If grease soaks through the bottom or cheese is stuck to the lid, tear off the contaminated section of the box and recycle the clean section.
Q. Do I need to take the caps and lids off plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs?
A. No – please leave caps and lids on your plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs. Empty, cap and recycle!
Q. What plastics can I recycle?
A. We accept rigid plastic bottles and containers generated from the kitchen, laundry and bathroom. Rigid Plastics acceptable from those areas are Bottles, Jugs, Tubs, Cups and Buckets (kitty Litter and or bulk laundry detergent for example). Please DO NOT place Plastic Bags, Film / Wrap Plastics or Styrofoam (cups, cartons, trays or packaging) of any kind in your recycle cart. Do not place bottles, containers or any item generated from Garage, Shed or Yard in your recycle cart.
Q. Do I have to rinse out my containers?
A. No – You do not have to rinse out bottles or containers containing liquids. Just empty, cap and recycle! If the container holds a sauce or product thick like pudding, please rinse out the container
Q. Can I recycle an empty container that contained a household cleaner?
A. Yes – Please rinse container thoroughly, replace the cap and recycle
Steel & Aluminum Cans
Q. What cans do you accept?A. We accept aluminum and steel cans. We also accept Aerosol Cans generated from the kitchen and bath only. NO other type of metal is accepted.
Q. Do I have to remove the paper label, cut the bottom out and flatten my steel cans?A. No – there’s no need to remove labels, bottom lids or flattened steel cans. Please rinse out cans if the product is thick like pudding.
Q. Should I flatten my aluminum cans?A. No – Please do not flatten aluminum cans or any recyclable container. Flattening bottles or containers will not allow them to separate away from paper products when processed through our automated equipment. The automated equipment is designed to separate recyclables based on their weight and whether the recyclable is a 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional object.
Q. Can I recycle aluminum foil, pie pans or cooking trays with my aluminum cans?A. No – These items are a lighter gauge aluminum, with a lower flash point than aluminum cans. Because of the low flash point, there is no useable material when melted if mixed with aluminum cans. Aluminum Cooking foils, pans and trays also contain food waste, which can’t be recycle.
Q. Can I recycle aerosol cans?A. Yes – Aerosol cans generated from the kitchen and bathroom can be recycled. NO aerosol cans generated from the garage or shed are acceptable
Food & Beverage Carton
Q. Can I place foil drink pouches in my recycle container?A. No – Only paper cartons from the refrigerator or food pantry are acceptable. Paper cartons with plastic pour spouts attached are also acceptable.
Q. What type of cartons are recyclable?A. Cartons containing Juice, Milk, Soy Milk, Soup, Broth, Ice Cream, Egg Substitutes, Pancake Batter, Cream and Wine.
Q. Do I need to remove the cap or straw when recycling my cartons?A. Please keep caps on and remove straws
Q. Do I need to rinse my cartons?A. As long as the carton is empty, it is okay to place in your recycle container. Rinsing your carton will alleviate any potential odor that may arise until your collection day.
Q. Can I recycle a carton that feels waxy?A. Yes, what you are feeling as wax on the carton is actually a thin layer of plastic.
Glass Bottle & Jars
Q. What type of glass can I recycle?A. Bottles and Jars generated from kitchen food pantries or the refrigerator. Bottles and jars that contained a carbonated or non-carbonated beverage, cooking oil or sauce are acceptable. NO ceramic cups, mugs, drinking glasses, light bulbs, cookware, dish-ware, picture glass, mirror glass or any other type of glass.
Q. Do I leave caps, corks or lids on glass bottles & jars?A. No – please remove and discard caps & corks in the trash. Place lids in your recycle container. Loose caps will not be recycled due to their size and end up as waste when passing through automated processing equipment
Q. What color glass can I recycle?A. We accept Clear, Brown, Green and Blue bottles and jars
What Not to Recycle
For the disposal of household pollutants, schedule and appointment at the Tulsa Household Pollutant Collection Facility. Pollutant drop-off is free up to 60 pounds.
By Appointment Only:
Household Pollutant Collection Facility
4502 S. Galveston Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74107
Wednesdays and Saturdays
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Items Accepted at the Household Pollutant Collection Facility:
Oil Based Paints
Items not Accepted:
Food or Organic Waste
Unknown Materials or Substances
Compressed Gas Cylinders