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 Lufkin, Texas 75902
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·         How do I get a blue recycling cart? How do I get a larger blue cart?

·         What type of material is accepted through the curbside recycling program?

·         What is the “zero tolerance” policy toward recycling?

·         Does the city recycle limbs, brush and yard waste?

·         Does the city have compost available?

·         Can I take material to the recycling center after business hours?

·         What material is accepted at the drop-off site?

·         Does the city accept used motor oil and oil filters?

·         Does the city recycle batteries?

·         Does the city recycle glass?

·         Does the city accept old paint?

·         Does the city accept tires?

·         Does the city accept Styrofoam?

·         Does the city recycle plastic bags?

·         Does the city accept computers or other electronic items?

 

How do I get a blue recycling cart? How do I get a larger blue cart?

 

Call 633-0281 or sign up online at lufkinrecycles.com to request a blue cart or to request a larger cart.

 

What type of material is accepted through the curbside recycling program?

 

The city accepts the following material: CARDBOARD (corrugated and pasteboard boxes); NEWSPAPER (including advertising inserts); MAGAZINES & JUNK MAIL; OFFICE PAPER & SHREDDED PAPER (please bag shredded paper); ALUMINUM CANS (cans only); STEEL CANS (cans only); PLASTIC BOTTLES & JUGS (anything with a neck or #1 or #2)

 

What is the “zero tolerance” policy toward recycling?

 

The city has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy towards contamination in the recycling stream. “Contamination” means any material placed in a blue cart other than the items listed above. Blue carts will be removed immediately from households or businesses that contaminate the recycling stream.

 

Does the city recycle limbs, brush and yard waste?

 

Limbs, brush and yard waste are picked up by work order only. These items should be placed curbside, and should not be placed in the blue cart. Call 633-0281 to place a work order.

 

Does the city have compost available?

 

The city does not have compost available at this time.

 

Can I take material to the recycling center after business hours?

 

The recycling center’s drop-off site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The site is located at 500 Southpark Drive.

 

What material is accepted at the drop-off site?

 

The drop-off site accepts the same material as the curbside recycling program. The material includes: cardboard; newspaper; office paper; magazines; aluminum cans; steel cans; and plastic bottles and jugs.

 

Does the city accept used motor oil and oil filters?

 

The recycling center also has a drop-off site for used motor oil and oil filters. The site is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individuals can drop-off up to five gallons of oil per visit.

 

Does the city recycle batteries?

 

Car batteries and small engine batteries are accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. No other types of batteries are accepted at this time.

 

Does the city recycle glass? Styrofoam? Plastic bags?

 

These items are not accepted through the city’s recycling program. Other items that aren’t accepted include: food; diapers; clothing; toys; metal (other than cans); pottery; pots and pans; plastic (other than bottles); and air filters. These items should never be placed in a blue cart.

 

Does the city accept old paint?

 

Paint is not recycled, but can go to the landfill as long as it’s dry. Dry out small amounts of paint by pouring it onto newspaper or cardboard, or by pouring sand or kitty litter into the can. Once the paint is dry, throw the container in the garbage.

 

Does the city accept tires?

 

Tires are not part of the city’s recycling program. Tires also cannot be collected as garbage. Contact a tire dealer to dispose of unwanted tires. Tires are only collected during the city’s annual Tire Day event, held the first Saturday in June.

 

Does the city accept computers or other electronic items?

 

Computers and other electronic items are not accepted at this time. Contact Goodwill Industries at 632-8838 or local computer/electronic retailers for recycling information on this type of material.


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