Public Works Department
Call (281) 420-5300
(24 hr Response)
Municipal Service Center
2123 Market Street
Baytown, TX 77520
Baytown One Cart Recycling Program
One Cart Recycling has come to the City of Baytown!
The 96-gallon cart has wheels, making it much easier to maneuver; as well as a lid to protect the recyclables from exposure to wind and rain and to help keep wildlife out of the recycled materials.
Nothing else will change about your trash, recycling or curbside brush collection. Your recycling day stays the same.
There are items that can and can not be recycled. Please use the list below or read the label on top of your recycling cart for details.
Recycle clear, brown, green & blue glass.
Rinse containers, no need to remove labels.
Remove lids & bottle caps from containers and recycle them in your cart.
DO NOT RECYCLE - window glass, mirrors, kitchen dishes, drinking glasses or ceramics.
METAL CANS / ALUMINUM FOIL / ALUMINUM FOIL PANS
Recycle all food & beverage metal cans-steel, tin, bi-metal & aluminum.
Rinse cans and recycle lids. Also, recycle clean aluminum foil & aluminum food pans.
DO NOT RECYCLE - pots and pans or scrap metal in recycling carts. Instead, recycle at various drop-off locations around town (click here for more information).
PAPER | CARDBOARD | NEWSPAPER | MAGAZINES | PAPER FOOD BOXES
Recycle envelopes, computer paper, junk mail, greeting cards, file folders & shredded paper.
Remove rubber bands, metal fasteners & spiral wires. You do not need to remove windows,stamps, labels, staples or tape.
Paper food boxes & containers including: egg, juice, ice cream & milk cartons, cereal & pasta boxes etc. It is not necessary to remove plastic windows from boxes.
Cardboard, newspaper with inserts, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, phone books & brochures.
Cardboard must be cut into 3 foot pieces.
DO NOT RECYCLE - hardback books or food contaminated paper. Food contaminated boxes such as greasy pizza boxes, tissue, toilet paper, napkins, paper towel or paper plates/cups. Laminated materials or food contaminated paper.
PLASTICS #1 - #7
Recycle plastics #1 - #7 tubs, jugs, bottles & styrofoam.
Rinse & remove lids from containers.
Recycle loose lids in your cart.
Labels do not need to be removed.
There are seven different plastic recipes (types). To identify plastic type, look on the bottom of containers for number inside recycling arrows.
DO NOT RECYCLE - plastic toys, hangers or plastics without numbers.
Residents wishing to dispose of household trash, old furniture, old lumber, or recyclable materials may take them to the Baytown Green Center (1601 West Main St).
This facility is for the use of Baytown residents only for delivery of household debris and recyclable materials. No debris from any commercial users will be accepted. Commercial is defined as: Anyone paid to haul trash or waste, or the items come from a business or commercial enterprise or site.
Green Center hours are:
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Cash Only Solid Waste Disposal fees are based on the load per visit and are posted on the site. Baytown residency is required and must be demonstrated by presenting a current local water bill and matching driver’s license.
Fees per load are:
Pickup trucks and cars: $5
Trailers up to 8': $5
Trailers 8' to 16': $10
Trailers over 16' are not allowed.
Combination of vehicle and trailer fees will apply.
Materials which may NOT be disposed of at the Green Center include:
- Motor Oil and Oil Filters
- Tires and Batteries
- Hazardous Materials
- Bricks, Concrete, Dirt
- Appliances and Freon
These materials must be picked up by a commercial waste hauler or taken to the Landfill off of Tri-City Beach road.
There is no charge to deliver recyclable materials and proof of residency is not required.
Accepted Recyclable Materials
White office paper
Plastic - Type 1 - 7
(Some plastic bags, soap containers, milk, soft drink, juice, cooking oil and water bottle containers)
Glass - clear, green, and brown
For more information, contact the City of Baytown Public Works Department at 281-420-5300.
- Small eligible debris must be boxed or bagged prior to arrival at the Baytown Green Center for quick removal.
- No sweeping of trailers or truck beds shall be allowed at the Baytown Green Center.
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Why am I getting a recycling cart?
Last year, the City of Baytown instituted a Pilot Recycling Program with three neighborhoods in Baytown. At the beginning of the program, these three neighborhoods received 96-gallon recycle carts. Recycling in all three neighborhoods at least doubled. After three months, the pilot neighborhoods moved to once per week trash collection. The goal was to determine what impact larger recycle carts and reduced trash collection would have on solid waste diverted from the landfill and instead recycled. The more Baytown residents recycle, the lower the cost to the City’s solid waste provider, Waste Management, and ultimately the lower the fee charged to Baytown residents.
In May, the Baytown City Council voted to implement Phase 1 of the pilot program city-wide. This means that every household in Baytown will receive a 96-gallon recycle cart. Trash collection will remain at twice per week. Your trash and recycling pick-up days will remain the same, but now you can use the new 96-gallon cart to recycle more of your recyclable materials.
What do I do with my blue recycle bin?
You have three options. First, you can continue using your blue recycle bin as you have been to place recyclable materials at the curb. Second, you can use it as a secondary station and transfer it to your large cart on recycle day. Third, you can keep the blue bin at your house for whatever uses you may see fit.
Can I still purchase extra blue bins?
Yes, residents may still purchase extra blue recycle bins. The City has a limited number of bins in stock and will continue selling them to residents while supplies last. The bins may be purchased and picked up at the Utility Billing Office (2505 Market Street).
Can I switch to a smaller recycle cart?
The City does have 65-gallon recycle carts available. Before you call, though, we’d ask you to try out the 96-gallon cart for a few weeks. During the pilot program, some residents were concerned about the size but after using the carts they found that the carts added convenience because you can now recycle more and wheel it from your home to the curb. After a few weeks, if you believe the cart is just too large, please contact 281-420-5300 and Baytown Public Works will come by to replace your 96-gallon cart with a smaller 65-gallon cart.
Why is it important for me to recycle?
Recycling is a choice that each person and household must make. There are two key benefits to recycling (environmental and economic). Recycling benefits the environment because instead of sending waste to the landfill, taking years to decompose, the waste is recycled and used again. For example, every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees. Recycling also has an economic benefit, cities with strong recycling programs experience lower costs. Basically, the more you and fellow Baytown residents recycle, the cheaper solid waste costs will be into the future. The more waste diverted from landfills, the more money our residents keep in their pockets.
What can I recycle in the new cart?
You’ll be amazed how much you can recycle. Take a look at the sticker attached to your recycle cart to learn what materials can and cannot be recycled. Just toss them in the cart throughout the week and leave the cart at the curb on your recycle day.
For more information, call the Baytown Public Works Department at 281-420-5300.