City Corner: Remember to separate recyclables from trash

By Jennifer Sourdellia
May 11, 2014 at 12:11 a.m.

Can you explain what types of items can be recycled as part of the city's recycling program, and what things need to thrown in the trash?


The city's curbside recycling program began in February 2012 and has been very successful, with 70 percent of residents actively recycling. Thanks to the recycling efforts of our residents, the landfill is saving space and extending its life span.

The single-stream recycling program allows residents to mix recyclable paper, plastic, metals, cardboard and glass in one bin. The following list includes examples of the types of items that will be accepted:

Plastics - Plastic bottles and jugs, milk containers and detergent containers

Metals - Aluminum cans, steel cans and tin cans

Glass - Bottles and jars

Paper and cardboard - Newspapers, magazines and catalogs, junk mail, office papers, cereal boxes, pizza boxes, paper bags, phone books and gift wrapping.

Recycled items are picked up every other week. To find out when recycling is collected in your neighborhood, visit and click on Recycling under the Environmental Services tab.

Collection guidelines

•  Place your recycling at the curb on collection day no later than 7 a.m. Place cart in the same place as the regular automated garbage cart, 5 feet from other carts, vehicles and other obstacles.

•  To avoid contamination, residents are reminded to remove contents from all recyclables before placing them in the recycling cart. Plastic plates are recyclable, but please make sure they are free of food or contents before you place them in your recycling cart. Otherwise, these items need to be put in the trash.

•  Flatten cardboard before placing in the recycling cart.

Several items are not accepted as recycling and must be thrown into the trash can, especially Styrofoam (egg cartons, packing peanuts, etc.). In addition, the following products also need to go in the garbage can: ceramics, dishes, yard waste, motor oil containers, razor blades, broken glass, window glass, mirrors and trash.

Recently, the solid waste department is seeing an increase in medical waste being placed in recycling carts. This is not an acceptable item for the program. Medical waste from people caring for themselves at home must also be properly disposed of and thrown in the trash, including IV bags and syringes. When discarding syringes, please place them in a plastic soda bottle with a lid and then discard in the trash.

For more information, please contact Environmental Services at 361-485-3230 or visit and click on the "Environmental Services" link for a complete list of items that are accepted and not accepted items for recycling.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing or mailing to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.



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