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Easter Recycling

Recycling at Easter

The Easter bunny will bring baskets, eggs, chocolates, and a variety of goodies your way. When he leaves, you will be left to cleanup. Do you know what to do with the chocolates, eggs and baskets filled with grass? If you answered "recycle, reuse, or dispose" you are on the right trail. Let's make sure you recycle right, so your trail remains environmentally friendly.

Natural Eggshells – You can put your crushed eggshells in your compost pile, or use them to help start your own backyard compost. Eggshells provide important nutrients to your compost mix. If you do not wish to compost your eggshells, dispose of them in your trash can, particularly if you dyed and/or decorated the eggshells.

Plastic Eggs – Save the good ones for next year, or reuse them around the house. They make great containers for storing things like small jewelry on trips, or snacks for your little ones. If you are not able to reuse them, consider giving them to your local thrift shop or Goodwill. If donating the plastic eggs isn't an option for you, please dispose of them in your trash can. Plastic eggs are not recyclable in your curbside recycling.
Check out these Plastic Egg Reuse Ideas

Foil Candy Wrappers – Unfortunately you cannot recycle foil candy wrappers. Dispose of these in your trash can.

Baskets – Save for next year or reuse your baskets around the house. Plastic baskets can be a great way to organize your child's room. Use baskets to hold books, crayons, or toys. If you are not able to reuse the baskets, consider giving them to your local thrift shop or Goodwill store. Plastic, wicker, or wood, baskets should not go in your curbside recycling.

Basket Grass – Save for next year, or reuse as filler for gift baskets, padding in mail packages, and/or DIY projects. If you are unable to reuse the grass (either plastic or paper), dispose of it in your trash can.

For more information on curbside recycling, please visit our Know What To Throw page.
For more DIY ideas on how to reuse Easter baskets and plastic eggs, check out these resources: Easter upcycling

Do You Know What to Throw?

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Check out our list of items that generally are and are not accepted in curbside recycling in North Texas.
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View our map of recycling drop-off locations around the DFW Metroplex and sort and filter by material to be recycled.
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Organic food waste is a large percent of the trash going to our landfills. Composting at home can reduce your impact.
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Items such as paint, pesticides, and oil are household hazardous wastes and need to be disposed of properly.
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We all have the best intentions in mind when recycling, but sometimes "hope-cycling"
or incorrect recycling can do more harm than good.
Girl holding full recycling bin


We've put together some Easy Steps to Recycling that will help get you moving in the right direction. For a more detailed listing of recyclables and the finer details of becoming a true recycling guru, please check out our "How to Recycle" resources. Also, you can check our Frequently Asked Questions About Recycling for answers to more specific questions about specific items.

Empty: Is the item you're about to recycle empty? When you put a recyclable item that still contains food or liquid in your curbside bin, it is considered not recyclable and could potentially contaminate the entire recycling bin!

Clean: If your empty recyclable (such as a jar, can, or plastic bottle) has lots of residue on it from what it was holding, you need to give them a quick rinse. It doesn't need to be perfect, but the majority of the residue needs to be removed. This helps prevent potential contamination in your recycling bin and increases the value of the materials.

Dry: After you have cleaned your recyclables, let them air dry before putting them in your recycle bin. Also, be sure to close the lid to your recycling bin (if it has one) to keep all your recyclables dry in case of rain. This is important because if your paper or cardboard gets soaking wet, it will likely not be able to be recycled and gets sent to the landfill.

By following this simple method of recycling you are helping ensure your recyclables actually get recycled and don't end up in a landfill due to contamination!

If you're curious about what happens to your recyclables after they are picked up, check out our Recycling Process Page!

Help capture full the potential of these high value materials



Most cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area offer curbside recycling pickup along with your trash pickup, but if you live in an apartment or in a city that does not offer curbside recycling pickup you can make use of drop-off locations and events. Use our Recycling Facility Locater tool to find a recycling location near you or find your cities' info and make use of all the great programs they provide.
Plano, Tx
Irving, Tx
Granbury, Tx
Garland, Tx
Arlington, Tx
Allen, Tx
Farmers Branch, Tx
Little Elm, Tx
Euless, Tx
Weatherford, Tx
Dallas, Tx
Mesquite, Tx
Mansfield, Tx
Grand Prairie, Tx
Fort Worth, Tx
Lewisville, Tx
Denton, Tx

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Time To Recycle is an educational effort that encourages residents to properly dispose of or recycle items, reducing the impact on the region's landfills. It was created by and is maintained by the region's solid waste advisory committee, the Resource Conservation Council (RCC) of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.