H-GAC Recycling

H-GAC Recycling H-GAC is the state-designated planning agency for solid waste management issues in the Houston-Galveston Region, including recycling.

In Texas, you can properly dispose of scrap, or unwanted, tires when buying new tires, during local government collectio...
10/20/2020

In Texas, you can properly dispose of scrap, or unwanted, tires when buying new tires, during local government collection events, or possibly by contacting a landfill directly and paying a disposal fee. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has tools for you to use to find the right place to dispose of your tires. Check out their webpage or contact your local city or county to find out if they accept tires during any regular trash collection or through special events.

Tires literally get us where we want to go. But what happens when they are no longer useful on our vehicles? You can reu...
10/13/2020

Tires literally get us where we want to go. But what happens when they are no longer useful on our vehicles? You can reuse, recycle, or properly dispose of them. Improperly storing, or illegally dumping, tires cause breeding grounds for mosquitos and are prone to catching fire. Earth 911 offers some helpful tips for how (and why) you can get the most life out of your tires and give them new life through proper recycling and disposal.
https://earth911.com/inspire/programs-initiatives/recycling-mysteries-tires/

When you purchase new tires, you can pay a fee to have your old ones recycled right there at the tire shop. But if you h...
10/06/2020

When you purchase new tires, you can pay a fee to have your old ones recycled right there at the tire shop. But if you have old tires around your house and you’re wondering what to do with them, maybe there’s still some life in them. Check out these creative ways to re-use old tires, such as turning them into furniture, swings, or yard and garden planters and art.
https://earth911.com/home-garden/take-these-8-creative-ways-to-repurpose-tires-out-for-a-spin/

If you think the only things you can compost are grass, plants, and wilted lettuce, think again. While there are a lot o...
09/29/2020

If you think the only things you can compost are grass, plants, and wilted lettuce, think again. While there are a lot of things you can’t compost, there are some things that you can that may surprise you – like white glue and masking tape (on craft projects), natural wine corks, and stale food (crackers, spices, bread, and pasta). Learn more at
https://earth911.com/home-garden/compost-10-weird-things/

Wouldn't it be great if everything was recyclable? Wishing for it doesn't make it true. Check out this information from ...
09/23/2020

Wouldn't it be great if everything was recyclable? Wishing for it doesn't make it true. Check out this information from Take Care of Texas to help keep non-recyclables out of your recycling bin and learn more about keeping some items our of your trash bin too!

You're not wish-cycling, are you? Recycling the wrong items can contaminate an entire batch of recycling and damage machinery, thus rendering recycling efforts virtually useless! ♻️

Learn how you can be a responsible recycler: https://takecareoftexas.org/hot-wire/youre-not-wish-cycling-are-you

After you’ve finished reading your newspaper, put it to work as a weed barrier in your garden. Lay several sheets on moi...
09/22/2020

After you’ve finished reading your newspaper, put it to work as a weed barrier in your garden. Lay several sheets on moist soil and cover with mulch. The newspaper keeps pesky weeds from sprouting and breaks down in the soil.

Really important messages we can all use.
09/17/2020

Really important messages we can all use.

The city of Houston launches an anti-litter campaign to encourage Houstonians to properly dispose of face masks, gloves, sanitizer wipes, and other trash.

Proper disposal of PPE will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep Houston streets clean, healthy and safe. https://bit.ly/32F4cg5

#COVID19 #BetterTogether #ProtectTheH #DoThePPE123

Got pine cones? You can toss them in your compost pile to create valuable mulch, but that may take a while. Give them ne...
09/15/2020

Got pine cones? You can toss them in your compost pile to create valuable mulch, but that may take a while. Give them new life by repurposing them as a bird feeder for our fine feathered friends. You just need the pine cone, some string, peanut butter, and bird seed. Learn more at https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/make-your-own-feeder/

We like waste diversion from the landfill through reducing, reusing and recycling, but never by tossing trash on the gro...
09/11/2020
Keep America Beautiful

We like waste diversion from the landfill through reducing, reusing and recycling, but never by tossing trash on the ground. Let’s make a difference on September 20 (and every other day too!)

One day. One action. One movement. Join the Keep America Beautiful #TrashDash movement against litter! Get outside, have fun, and make a difference in your community on Sept 20. https://bit.ly/2DIK5E8

Composting can help keep organic waste out of the landfill. But you have to have the right ratio of “green stuff” and “b...
09/08/2020

Composting can help keep organic waste out of the landfill. But you have to have the right ratio of “green stuff” and “brown stuff.” Green materials are rich in nitrogen and protein, like grass and vegetable scraps; and brown materials are carbon- or carbohydrate-rich, such as leaves and pine needles. A good ratio is 3-to-4 parts brown to 1 part green. Learn more at
https://www.thespruce.com/composting-greens-and-browns-2539485

When you are shopping for new school (or work) clothes, don’t forget about the clothes you already have. Consider donati...
08/25/2020

When you are shopping for new school (or work) clothes, don’t forget about the clothes you already have. Consider donating them to a thrift shop or selling them on consignment. Thrift shops and consignment shops are a great place to buy “new to you” clothes too. Learn more at earth911.
https://earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-clothing-accessories/

Headed back to school or to the office? Or maybe you’re working or learning from home. You can help reduce waste by taki...
08/18/2020

Headed back to school or to the office? Or maybe you’re working or learning from home. You can help reduce waste by taking notes electronically, printing on both sides of the paper (if you need to print at all), and using paper and notebooks made from recycled paper.

What’s one of the best ways to reduce waste? Don’t generate it in the first place. If you are purchasing school or offic...
08/11/2020

What’s one of the best ways to reduce waste? Don’t generate it in the first place. If you are purchasing school or office supplies, communicate with school or office staff to know just what you need to avoid purchasing too much. The environment and your wallet will thank you.

To print or not to print…while you can reduce waste by not printing that e-mail or homework assignment, sometimes you ju...
08/04/2020

To print or not to print…while you can reduce waste by not printing that e-mail or homework assignment, sometimes you just have to. The US EPA offers tips for making your printer more environmentally friendly by printing double-sided, using small font size when possible, and using the fast draft setting to save ink. Learn more about reducing waste on EPA’s website.
https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-waste-what-you-can-do

Summer is a great time for a bike ride with your family, your friends, or on your own. But when you need to do bike main...
07/28/2020

Summer is a great time for a bike ride with your family, your friends, or on your own. But when you need to do bike maintenance, you may wonder if your inner tubes and tires are recyclable through your curbside or dropoff programs. They aren’t, but there are plenty of fun, crafty things you can do with them instead of just throwing them away. AND, most bike shops will take old tires and tubes off your hands and ship them off to a specialty recycler.
https://livegreen.recyclebank.com/column/because-you-asked/are-bike-inner-tubes-recyclable

Pool noodles are fun in the pool for floating and playing, but you can’t recycle them. However, there are plenty of reus...
07/21/2020

Pool noodles are fun in the pool for floating and playing, but you can’t recycle them. However, there are plenty of reuses for them around the house, like making a wrist rest for your computer keyboard, protecting your clothes on hangers, organizing fishing poles, crafts, and more.
https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/pool-noodle-hacks/

Commercial herbicides contain harmful chemicals, often kill off insects and plants that are beneficial, and come in cont...
07/14/2020

Commercial herbicides contain harmful chemicals, often kill off insects and plants that are beneficial, and come in containers that are most likely not recyclable. But don’t worry, you can make your own with safer ingredients found in your kitchen-like soap, vinegar, and even boiling water.
https://lawnlove.com/lawn-care-guide/how-to-make-homemade-weed-killer

Most common swimming pool chemicals (and the containers they come in) are considered hazardous waste and might not be ab...
07/07/2020

Most common swimming pool chemicals (and the containers they come in) are considered hazardous waste and might not be able to be recycled. Check with your city or county to be sure. Or, consider some of Earth911’s tips for greening your pool and using less of the harmful chemicals.
https://earth911.com/home-garden/8-ways-to-green-your-pool/

Thanks for the reminder. We wish everything was recyclable too. Unfortunately it isn’t and causes problems at the sortin...
07/06/2020

Thanks for the reminder. We wish everything was recyclable too. Unfortunately it isn’t and causes problems at the sorting facilities.

Our ED snapped a few pics at her local drop off center in Clear Lake when she took her recycling over the weekend. Contamination and Wish-cycling are still major problems with recycling in Houston. Take a look at these pics and let us know what you see in this PLASTIC recycling container that DOES NOT belong. We’ll get the list started for you.😎

1. Cardboard
2. Trash bags
3. Bubble wrap
4. Plastic crates and lids
5. Plastic shopping bags
6. Plastic wrap from packaging
7. Packaging material from food products
8. ???

#recyclerighthtown
#wishcycling #contamination
#keephoustonbeautiful

Do you have extra glass bottles? You don’t have to refill them to put them to good use. Turning them into vases, glasses...
06/23/2020

Do you have extra glass bottles? You don’t have to refill them to put them to good use. Turning them into vases, glasses, and storage containers are just the beginning. Explore these clever ideas for upcycling your glass bottles.
https://homehacks.co/40-ways-reuse-glass-bottles/

Glass can be recycled to make lots of different things, like insulation, home design products, and new glass containers....
06/16/2020

Glass can be recycled to make lots of different things, like insulation, home design products, and new glass containers. But recycling broken glass can be dangerous to you and the sanitation workers. Check out some of these fun ideas for re-using broken glass.
https://earth911.com/home-garden/how-to-recycle-weird-glass/

When the market is up, glass is a great recycling commodity. But not all glass is created (or recycled) equally. Contain...
06/09/2020

When the market is up, glass is a great recycling commodity. But not all glass is created (or recycled) equally. Container glass might be recycled in your community, but mirrors and window panes need to be recycled with construction debris.
https://earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-glass/

Wow! Glass containers are one of the few materials that can be recycled infinitely without losing strength, purity, or q...
06/02/2020

Wow! Glass containers are one of the few materials that can be recycled infinitely without losing strength, purity, or quality. Check with your community to find out if you can recycle your glass.

About 25% of recycling is contaminated. That means 1 in 4 things in your bin doesn’t belong there. Why does it matter? C...
05/26/2020

About 25% of recycling is contaminated. That means 1 in 4 things in your bin doesn’t belong there. Why does it matter? Cleaning out items that don’t belong cost time and money, which means your recycling bill could go up. What can you do? Learn what your community accepts and the proper way to recycle with resources like Keep America Beautiful.

https://berecycled.org/how-to-recycle/

05/14/2020
Don't Recycle PPE

A message from the EPA: Do you part. Recycle more. Recycle right. And don't gloves and masks in the recycle bin!

NOTE: If you need captions, please click the CC button on the player to turn them on. Recycled materials are key for everything from making new products to b...

The recycling industry creates jobs. From the workers on the trucks, the managers in the facilities and all of the busin...
05/12/2020

The recycling industry creates jobs. From the workers on the trucks, the managers in the facilities and all of the businesses providing goods and services associated with the recycling industry, more than 14,000 direct, supply-side jobs are available in th recycling industry in the Houston-Galveston region. You can add another 11,000 indirect jobs to that total.http://www.h-gac.com/solid-waste-management/recycling/workshops/documents/recs_H-GAC%20-Economic-Contribution-Report.pdf

An important notice and reminder--Recycling IS Essential.
04/30/2020

An important notice and reminder--Recycling IS Essential.

Keep Recycling, Texas! 📣♻️

Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-14 on March 31st, 2020, which among other provisions, deems recycling an "essential service." 💯⭐

Recycling during a pandemic is important to ensure a steady supply of raw materials for the production of critical items like shipping boxes, packaging, and containers. ♻️

👉 See more details on our COVID-19 resource page: recyclingstar.org/COVID-19

STAR continues to work with municipalities and companies to ensure materials are collected and processed for use in manufacturing in Texas and beyond. ⭐

Thanks for your support & Keep Recycling! ♻️👍

Can I put compostable or biodegradable plastic items in my recycling bin? Nope. Composting and recycling are not the sam...
04/28/2020

Can I put compostable or biodegradable plastic items in my recycling bin? Nope. Composting and recycling are not the same, and compostable service ware cannot be recycled. Check with your city or county to see if they offer this service. #recycling #recycleright #therecyclingpartnership

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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle More

As landfill space and raw materials become scarcer, recycling of used materials becomes a more cost effective and sensible option. The Houston-Galveston Area Council hosts workshops and provides education/outreach to bring new ideas and knowledge to local governments, solid waste businesses, and interested residents on a wide range of recycling-related topics.

Check out our workshops at http://www.h-gac.com/community/recycling/solid-waste-and-recycling-workshops.aspx

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