Residential Curbside Recycling

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The City of Temple has provided each residential home with a green 96 gallon recycling cart. All recyclables may be combined in the cart, making it easier than ever to recycle. There is no additional fee to participate in Temple's recycling program.

Single Stream Recycling
The residential curbside recycling program, also known as single stream recycling, allows valuable resources to be diverted from the landfill.
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You can now recycle the following into 1 cart without having to separate them:
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Boxes (cereal, cookies, crackers, etc.)
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Most plastics (#1 through #7)
  • Paper products
Cart Tips
For timely and effective service, please observe the following:
  • Place all materials inside of the cart so the the lid may fully close. Do not bag recyclables.
  • Place the cart with wheels at the edge of the street/curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Place the cart at least 6 feet away from all surrounding items at the curb (cars, mailbox, fire hydrant, etc.)
  • Return cart to your storage area by 8 p.m. that same evening.
Pickup Schedule
For information on service days at a specific location, please click here and enter the address in the upper left corner of the map. Brush & Bulk, Recycling & Garbage pick-up day information is available.


Items Accepted in Curbside Recycling Cart
  1. Paper Products
  2. Paperboard Boxes
  3. Plastic Containers
  4. Metal Containers
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Paper Products

  • Cardboard
  • Detergent boxes
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Mixed paper
  • Newspaper
  • Office paper
  • Paper towel/toilet paper cores
  • Paperback books*
  • Telephone directories
*Note: Paperback books, hardback books, and other reading materials can be donated to the Friends of the Library. Please call 254-298-5556.

Preparing Items for Recycling
  • Flatten cardboard boxes.
  • Paper grocery bags are acceptable.
  • Remove all plastic liners, packaging and packing peanuts.
  • Remove plastic wrapping or bag around newspaper or magazine.
  • Shredded paper can be loose, in a paper bag, or in a box.


Unacceptable Items
The following items are not accepted in curbside recycling carts:
  • Aluminum Foil, Pie Plates
  • Ammunition
  • Animal Waste and/or Dead Animals
  • Automotive Parts (brake drums, motor parts)
  • Batteries*
  • Cardboard Contaminated by Food/Grease
  • Ceramics
  • Clothing or Toys*
  • Coat Hangers (wire)*
  • Diapers
  • Electronics*
  • Electrical Cords/Wire
  • Explosives
  • Glass*


  • Garbage/Trash
  • Garden Hoses
  • Hazardous Waste Containers* - Aerosol cans, paint cans, motor oil
  • Medical Waste - bandages, lancets, surgical gloves, syringes/needles
  • Mirrors
  • Light Bulbs*
  • Plastic Bags* (shopping or animal food bags)
  • Styrofoam
  • Tires*
  • Yard Waste
  • Other material not listed in the accepted items lists
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*Items can be recycled in other ways, but not through the curbside recycling program. More details can be found on our Recycling Tips page.

More Information
If you have questions on whether or not something is permitted in curbside recycling, please contact Solid Waste Services at 254-298-5725. For more helpful tips, follow our Facebook page.