The Complete Guide to Austin Recycling and Waste Disposal
Find an Austin Recycling Center for Your Debris
When you’re completing a project at home or on a job site, you’re going to have a lot of waste to get rid of. Not all of it has to go to the landfill. Keep your project sustainable by finding a recycling center in Austin that accepts your type of debris.
This guide will show you how to responsibly dispose of a variety of materials, either by finding a recycling drop-off location in Austin or a place to donate unwanted items.
There are many types of automotive waste that landfills don't allow, which means you can't drop them in your trash can. Some of them are even toxic to the environment. Use this list to find an option for automotive recycling in Austin.
Batteries contain lead and other toxic metals that can leech into soil and water sources and are not allowed in landfills. When your car battery conks out, don’t toss it in the trash. Find a recycling center near you.
Gasoline should only be disposed of if it’s too old to safely be used as fuel. Because it’s highly flammable, gas should never be disposed of with normal household waste or mixed with other automotive fluids.
Old shingles can be thrown away in many places, but they can also be recycled. Used shingles can be recycled into asphalt pavement, while shingles that haven’t been significantly damaged can be reused by other homeowners.
Besides glass and plastic, TVs also contain heavy metals like lead and cadmium that are hazardous. Whenever possible, donate or recycle televisions instead of throwing them in the garbage. Use the list below to find a location for TV recycling in Austin.
Expired and unused medications can be toxic to the environment, especially if they get into the water supply. Whenever possible, medications should be disposed of at designated drop-off facility.
If you can’t make it to the location below, do not drop your medications straight into the trash. Instead, pour them from their original bottles into a disposable container with a lid, such as a coffee can. If possible, mix the medications with an undesirable substance like coffee grounds or cat litter. Place the disposable container in the trash.
Medical waste, like syringes and needles, can spread disease or cause injury if improperly disposed of. To safely dispose of sharps, place syringes, sharps or needles inside a sturdy plastic container with a lid, such as an empty laundry detergent or bleach bottle. Once full, screw the lid on tightly and seal with duct tape. Label the container with the type of waste inside, then place it in your trash. Do not use a glass or see-through plastic container. Do not place your container with recycling.