Leaf Recycling, Computer Roundup, Drug-Take Back and More Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 15 is America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful. Take a look at some of Arlington’s current recycling programs and upcoming fall events that serve to help encourage environmental stewardship in the Arlington community.

Last year, Arlington residents recycled more than 24,000 tons through the curbside single-stream recycling program with 90 percent of our residents participating in curbside recycling. Through the single-stream program, Arlington residents may place an assortment of recyclable materials in their carts. These items include papers, glass, cardboard, aluminum, plastics and more. For a complete list of what can and cannot be thrown into the curbside cart, please visit our recycling webpage or consult the label on your cart.

Here are some important things to remember when recycling in Arlington:

  • Place your cart at least three feet away from any obstructions such as mailboxes, vehicles or trees.
  • Flatten all cardboard
  • Pizza boxes should be grease free.
  • Do not contaminate your cart with non-recyclables such as coat hangers, batteries, electronics, ceramics Styrofoam and chip bags.
  • Please keep lids on plastic bottles. This makes it easier for the scanners to sort the bottles and lids at the recycling facility.
  • For the upcoming holidays, please remember no Christmas lights, tinsel, holiday decorations or wreaths in the recycling cart.
  • Please do not place organic materials such as grass, leaves or limbs in the recycle cart. Consider composting organics instead!
  • No household hazardous waste please. HHW should be taken straight to the Environmental Collection Center. The ECC is located at 6400 Bridge St. in Fort Worth.
  • Pharmaceuticals should be taken to one the bi-annual Drug Takeback events.

Mark your calendars for the annual Computer Roundup on Saturday, November 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at the UTA parking lot off Cooper Street and Doug Russell Road. Bring your old laptops, computers, cell phones and other household electronics for recycling.

To recycle fall leaves, please utilize the city’s Leaf recycling program.  The program begins Nov. 21, 2018, and runs through Feb. 21, 2019. During this time, Arlington residents are encouraged to drop their leaves off for recycling at one of four drop off sites. Alternatively, residents may attend one of two free monthly backyard compost classes to learn how to recycle those leaves and other organics at home to create valuable compost.

Arlington residents may take their ive Christmas trees to the City of Arlington landfill or to the Calloway’s on South Cooper Street for the two weeks after Christmas and drop them off to be recycled. Please make sure to remove all decorations and stands before placing them in the recycle containers. Christmas trees collected through this program are turned into mulch at the Arlington Landfill’s mulching operation.  This mulch is made available to Arlington residents, free of charge, in the spring (based on availability).  Flocked trees are also accepted.

For further information or questions regarding our recycling program, please contact us at recycling@arlingtontx.gov or call the Action Center at 817-459-6777.