The City's Curbside Recycling Program offers residents an easy and convenient way to reduce waste and contribute to the preservation of our environment. Recyclables are collected every other week, on your regular garbage collection day. Simply place your blue bin next to your gray bin on the day of your collection. Remember to place your blue and gray bin in the proper direction and leave a five-foot spacing between other objects.
If your recycling bin has not been picked up by 3:00 PM on your collection day, please call (915) 212-6000 for an update.
Type in an item to see if it can be recycled, report a problem, find your collection day, and more with the ESD Recycling Helper!
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Below is a list of the most common items we use and how to recycle them. Recyclables should not contain food residue; please be kind and rinse.All of these recyclables go into the blue bin and should not be bagged:
For a complete list visit ESD Recycling Helper website.
Flatten if possible.
Don't forget to rinse!
Make sure they are free of food or liquid residue.
Become a BLACK BELT in recycling! Join the Environmental Services Department (ESD) Recycling Challenge. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
ESD is challenging the community to help reduce the recycling contamination rate by joining the Recycling Challenge.
The contamination rate for the Curbside Recycling Program is 32 percent, which is higher than the national average of 25 percent. This means nearly one out of every three items dropped in a blue recycling bin doesn't belong there. Help us reduce the contamination level to 23 percent by 2023.
Customers who take the challenge will be provided with the educational resources needed to master their knowledge of recyclables accepted in our program. Participants will earn exclusive promotional items.
The recycling challenge features three belts – Yellow, Green and Black. The color-coded rankings system rewards customers along their journey to become better stewards of the environment. Belt colors and how to achieve the next rankings:
For questions call (915) 212-6000 or email ESDoutreach@elpasotexas.gov
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