Public Works Dept.
Public Works Department - Recycling Center

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Due to Covid-19, the Recycling Center will be closed until further notice.

Recycling Center Workshop Presentation 6-16-2020

Harlingen Proud is a volunteer organization, whose purpose is to educate the community on the facts contributing to littering behavior, establish programs to deter littering, encourage beautification, save taxpayers money by extending the life of the area landfill through conservation and recycling measures, promote volunteerism and to provide a clean and safe environment in which to live.
City of Harlingen Recycling Center
1006 South Commerce
Harlingen, Texas  78550
Jeff Lyssy
Recycling Coordinator
Office # (956) 427-8786
Hours:  M - F  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.




Dear Resident, until further notice we will not be accepting any older types of computer monitors or televisions. Flat screens only. The company we sell our electronics to is not accepting them at this time. You may try one of the electronic stores in town, they may be accepting them. If not maybe you can hold on to them awhile until we start accepting them again, but please don’t throw them in the trash. Let’s keep Harlingen beautiful.

Program Goal
Expand and implement programs that help divert the solid waste stream away from the Landfill/Transfer Station to improve the quality of life. 

Expand workplace recycling at school campuses and commercial establishments
Look for markets to sell recyclable materials.
Implement work program during the summer months to clean and beautify the city.
Increase awareness with Public Education Programs



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Materials We Accept for Recycling:
Cardboard:   Brown corrugated boxes, Shoe and Food boxes that are either brown or gray on the inside.   No boxes that are white on the inside or coated with a wax or plastic.
Newspaper:   Entire paper.. Please remove any plastic bags from the papers.
Paper:   Letters, Junk Mail, School Papers, Forms, Computer Paper.  No tissues, paper towels or napkins.
Aluminum:   Cans only.   No aluminum foil or single use pans.
Steel:   Tin Cans, Wire Hangers, Misc. small pieces of steel, refrigerators, AC units, and washers.
Plastic # 1:   This type of plastic has on the bottom of the bottle a triangle made of 3 arrows with a number 1 in the middle.  These bottles includes:  Soda Bottles, Sport Drink Bottles,  Juice Bottles and water bottles.
Plastic # 2:   This type of plastic on the bottom of the bottle a triangle made of 3 arrows with a number 2 in the middle.  These bottles include:  Milk Bottles and Soap Bottles. PLEASE NOTE!!    Remove all bottle caps and throw into the trash.  Also RINSE OUT the milk bottles with a small amount of water and crush the bottles.
Plastic Bags:   Only grocery type Bags and Newspaper Bags are recyclable.  The Bags need to be clean, be sure you remove everything from the Bag including the cash register receipt.  Please throw all other Plastic Bags into your trash.
Automotive Batteries:   Lead-acid batteries only.
Used Automotive Oil:   Household do it yourself oil changers only, No Commercial OilNo Oil Filters!  Oil filters may be taken to most Auto Parts Stores for recycling at no cost.
Electronic Equipment: Computers, TV's
Things that are not Recycled:
 Plastic Packaging Film ll Plastic Bottles Except #S 1 & 2
 Plastic Toys Plastic Food Storage Containers
 Aluminum Foil Aluminum Single Use Pans
 Antifreeze Oil Filters
 Glass Combination Steel & Cardboard Containers
 White on the Inside Food Boxes Waxed or Plastic Coated Food or Drink Boxes
 Paper Towels, Tissues or Napkins  

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