Acceptable Recycling

Holiday Recycling Tips

Americans throw away more trash during the holiday season than any other time of year. The good news is much of it can be recycled. 

  • All types of cardboard boxes should be flattened and placed in your recycle cart. Cut larger boxes into smaller pieces so they fit loosely inside the cart. Carts that are over stuffed may not empty fully. Boxes left next to recycle carts will be collected with trash and wont be recycled.
  • Most wrapping paper is recyclable and can be placed in your curbside recycling cart as long as it doesn’t have ribbons, bows or other decorations attached. Wrapping paper that includes foil or glitter cannot be recycled. Tissue paper cannot be recycled. 
  • Greeting cards and envelopes are also recyclable, as long as they are not musical and do not contain foil or glitter or have other decorations attached.
  • Christmas lights and decorations that are broken or no longer wanted should be placed in the regular garbage, along with artificial Christmas trees and wreaths which are not recyclable. 
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Curbside Recycling Information

Recycling carts may be obtained by contacting Republic Waste Services at 817-317-2450 or the North Richland Hills Water Office at 817-427-6200, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Recyclable materials can be placed loose in your recycling cart and do not need to be sorted by material type. The materials will be sorted at a recycling plant. Acceptable items include plastic jugs, bottles and tubs; plastic bags; glass jars and bottles; paper, newspaper, magazines and cardboard; wax coated paper containers and juice boxes; metal cans and scrap metal; aluminum cans and foil; and aerosol cans. 
If recycling large pieces of cardboard, it can get stuck in the cart and cause it not to empty completely. Rather than wedging large pieces into the cart, cut them down so they fit inside loosely. Boxes left next to recycling carts will be collected with regular trash and wont be recycled. 

Recycle More NRH

North Richland Hills residents are recycling more. According to Republic Waste Services, more than 2,700 tons of materials were collected curbside for recycling in North Richland Hills in 2015, an increase of 37% over the prior year. The increase comes after the city made it easier to recycle by providing 65-gallon rolling carts to residents. The rolling carts hold more than three times as much as the old 18-gallon bins and are easier for residents to take to the curb. The city encourages residents to continue to increase the recycling rate in 2016. 

In addition to curbside recycling, we encourage you to learn about other recycling programs in our community for recycling batteries, light bulbs, computers, furniture and other household products.