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You can recycle many everyday items. All recyclable items go into the same blue cart, with no sorting required. For best results, rinse items that contained food before recycling to minimize the chance for contamination. Please note that glass is not recyclable in blue carts at this time. Below is a list of accepted recyclable materials:


  • Junk mail, catalogs, and envelopes (no need to shred them)
  • Shredded personal documents
  • Boxes, such as cereal boxes, pasta boxes and frozen dinner boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Newspaper and magazines
  • Phone books
  • Copy and computer paper -- white and colors
  • Protective paper wrapping on shoes, purses, etc.


  • Water/soda bottles (with lids removed)
  • Detergent, soap, and shampoo bottles (with lids removed)
  • Milk jugs
  • Butter, sour cream, and yogurt tubs
  • Syrup, peanut butter, and squeezable jelly bottles


  • Clean aluminum, tin, and steel
  • Food cans for things like vegetables and soup
  • Metal drink cans - sodas, energy drinks, etc.
  • Other beverage cans
  • Empty aerosol spray cans




Please do not put the following items in your blue recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic film
  • Glass (Residents can take their glass to the J.C. Elliott Collection Center.)
  • Household Hazardous Waste*  
    *Does not belong in trash or recycling carts.
  • Food waste or liquids
  • Containers with food residuals (like pizza boxes)
  • Wet paper products
  • Yard waste (grass trimmings, branches)
  • Styrofoam
  • Drink Cartons, waxed paper, waxed cardboard
  • Motor oil containers or household hazardous waste items
  • Garden hoses and electrical cords
  • Ammunition
  • Fencing
  • Household Batteries (place them in trash cart, landfill is designed to accommodate this type of waste)


Community Recycling Options

All HEB stories in Corpus Christi have a recycle bin where you can drop off your plastic bags and more. Once the items are collected, they are driven to San Antonio and sorted at a recycling center to remove any contaminants, baled, and then sent to a recycler to be converted into plastic bags and composite lumber. 

Here is a list of acceptable plastic film:

  • Plastic retail bags
  • Produce bags
  • Bread bags
  • Wrap from paper goods like paper towels, toilet paper
  • Wrap from the case of bottled water
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Dry cleaning bags