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Recycling Right & Aluminum

Recycle right

‘Contamination’ - anything in the recycling stream that doesn't belong there - is still the #1 barrier to recycling programs in Texas and can dramatically increase the cost of recycling for your community.

Contamination is caused by confusion about what is recyclable and how.

How does Contamination hurt recycling?

Items like clothing, shoes, and broken toys slow the whole process down.

Items like hoses, cords, batteries, and propane tanks, can actually damage machinery or start a fire.

Food waste and liquids can ruin the value of recyclables like paper, cardboard and metals. 

How to help:

Check the signs every time, and make sure you know what you can throw
in the recycling bin before you throw it. 



Recycling aluminum uses as little as 5% of the energy it took to make the original product, and aluminum is a valuable resource that is an important part of many industries and technologies. 

ASSETS TO SHARE is managed by the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR).

All of STAR's work is made possible by our members and Mission Partners


pioneer partners

ANCHOR partner

ADVOCATE partners  

FCC Environmental Services

Office Interiors Group

Organix Recycling

Universal Recycling Technologies

Trashbusters Valet Trash & Recycling


City of Plano

Texas Tech University

Integrated Waste Solutions Group

Atlas Organics

Travis County

Himes Service Company

NewGen Strategies & Solutions LLC


Green Guy Recycling

City of San Marcos

CPS Energy

Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

Champion Waste & Recycling

Liberty Tire Recycling

United Electronic Recycling

SmartSort Technologies

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This effort was inspired in part by the success of the North Texas Know What to Throw campaign, which was prepared in cooperation with the North Central Texas Council of Governments through grant funds from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. More info and resources at

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