Accepted and non-accepted items
Colleyville uses 65-gallon wheeled carts for its single-stream curbside residential recycling program. With almost four times the capacity of the old 18-gallon bins, the carts offer more room for additional recycling and the added convenience of rolling the cart to the street or curbside. The carts also have the added advantage of an attached lid keeping materials from blowing away or getting wet in inclement weather.
Recycling has never been easier! Recycling has changed in recent years, simplifying the process so that everyone can take part. Recyclable materials do not need to be sorted, just placed in the recycling cart. After the recycling is picked up it is taken to a facility where all the recyclable material is sorted and bailed. It is then sold to companies that use recycled materials to make new products.
• Have your cart curbside or at the street by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day (See map for collection days)
• Place the cart at least three feet from any vehicle or structure such as mailboxes, utility meters, poles, fences, etc. This allows room for the automated truck to pick up the cart.
• The front of the cart (non-handle side) should be facing the street. The cart must be placed close enough to the curb or street for the truck to reach it.
• All recycle materials should be contained within the cart and the lid should be closed.
Questions & Answers
What can be recycled?
The lid of your recycle cart includes a handy guide to what is acceptable and what is not acceptable or The List - The Guide to Recycling in Colleyville can be downloaded here.
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Aluminum, tin, and steel: Rinse and drain metal food cans. It is not necessary to remove labels.
Glass and jars: Include clear, brown and green bottles. Do not recycle window glass, plate glass, ceramics or safety glass such as windshields.
Newspaper, magazines and catalogs: Slick or glossy inserts are accepted.
All paper products: Include shredded paper, junk mail, paper bags, phone books, and any other paper products as long as they are dry and free of food residue
Cardboard: All types of cardboard including corrugated, chip board, cereal boxes, etc. are accepted.
Plastic: Rinse and place all #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 plastics in the cart. No styrofoam or motor oil containers please.
What is single-stream recycling?
Single stream recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals, and other containers are mixed together in a collection truck, instead of being sorted into separate commodities (newspaper, paperboard, corrugated fiberboard, plastic, glass, etc.) by the resident and handled separately throughout the collection process. In single stream, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle this fully commingled mixture of recyclables, with materials being separated for reuse at a materials recovery facility.
How do I obtain a cart?
If your home does not have a cart when you move in please contact the city at 817.503.1111 to request a cart and one will be delivered to your driveway. Additional carts are available upon request but are subject to an additional $3 monthly recycling fee. Only carts issued by IESI Progressive can be used for recycling materials.
What is the size of the 65-gallon wheeled cart?
The carts are 40 inches high x 27 inches wide x 28 inches deep. The "footprint" for a cart is 21 inches x 22 inches.
Does everyone have to use the 65-gallon cart?
All residents who recycle are required to use the cart issued by IESI Progressive. With an automated truck, collecting recycle materials in anything but the provided 65-gallon cart is not feasible. Recycled items not in the authorized cart will not be collected.
Does my recycling have to fit inside my cart?
All loose recyclables must be placed in the cart with the lid closed.
Should I put recyclables into bags in the new cart?
Do not place recyclables into bags before placing them in the cart.
Why can’t Styrofoam be recycled?
Styrofoam is made of 98% air and 2% polystyrene. The fact that this plastic has been expanded with air makes the collection, storage, and processing of Styrofoam for recycling extremely complicated. Styrofoam absorbs liquid, so once a to-go box or cup has contained food or liquid, it becomes contaminated and cannot be recycled. This means that all Styrofoam food and beverage containers are not recyclable. Beyond that, even if the original Styrofoam has not come into contact with liquid or food, as with packing materials, it still has to be kept dry and clean to be recycled. Since Styrofoam is so easily contaminated, it would require an enclosed, protected area to keep it from getting wet--something most recycling centers do not have.
Trash Collection Information
Electronic Recycling - computers and TVs
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 200 million pieces of computer-related e-waste are generated annually but only 18 percent of it is recycled. State law now requires television and computer equipment manufacturers to offer opportunities for consumer to recycle these electronics. Texas has two programs requiring manufacturers to recycle computers and televisions through free shipping or drop-off programs. For information, visit TexasRecyclesTVs.org or TexasRecyclesComputers.org. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also offers a toll-free helpline for questions about electronic recycling—1.855.TV.Recycle (1.855.887.3292). Questions can also be emailed to email@example.com.