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Used Electronics
Heavy Trash
Household Hazardous Waste
Paper and Cardboard
Yard Trimmings

Find a Recycling

What? batteries, paint
Where? ZIP Code

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This website, in combination with H-GAC's "Recycle Centers Mapping Tool", www.earth911.com, and the City of Houston's 3-1-1 phone number can provide the information you need to recycle almost any item in the Houston-Galveston region.

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The average person in our region creates 8 pounds of trash daily.
That's 8.2 million tons of trash from our region in one year.
Up to 70% of this trash is buried in landfills.
Only 1/10 of garbage gets recycled, but over half of it could be.


How long do items take to biodegrade?


Item Years to break down
Plastic Bottles 1 million years
Glass 1 million years
Aluminum Cans 50 - 200 years
Batteries 100 years
Paper 1 - 5 months


Recycling helps reduce waste

H-GAC has a regional goal to reduce the per capita amount of solid waste by 80% by the year 2012. Through the efforts of cities, counties and schools in our region, we've already seen a significant reduction in the waste stream - from 6.2 to 6.15 pounds per day. That translates into 50,000 tons less in regional landfills.


We are making progress but your help is needed


We are moving in the right direction, but we need more people like you to recycle every day. Recycling is one of the most important actions you can take.



Benefits of Recycling
Recycling creates 4 jobs for every 1 job in the waste disposal industry.
Recycling programs cost less than waste disposal programs.
Recycling saves landfill space.
Recycling saves energy by reducing mining and refining new raw materials.
Recycling preserves air and water quality.


Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777 Houston, TX 77227-2777

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