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What Can and Cannot Be Recycled: Waste Management Guide

Recycling is a key part of protecting our environment and conserving resources. Knowing what can and cannot be recycled helps ensure that we do our part correctly. Amarillo waste management plays a crucial role in guiding residents on proper recycling practices. 

Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you understand what materials are recyclable and how our services at ARLO Environmental Inc can make the process easier for you.

Common Recyclable Items

Understanding what can be recycled is the first step toward effective Amarillo waste management. Common recyclable items include:

  • Paper and Cardboard: Newspapers, magazines, office paper, cardboard boxes, and paper packaging.

  • Glass Bottles and Jars: Clean and empty glass containers used for food and beverages.

  • Metals: Aluminum cans, steel cans, and other metal containers.

  • Plastics (Types 1 and 2): Beverage bottles, detergent bottles, and other rigid plastic containers.

Properly sorting these items ensures they are processed efficiently and effectively at recycling facilities.

Items That Cannot Be Recycled

It’s equally important to know what cannot be recycled to avoid contamination:

  • Non-Recyclable Plastics: Items like plastic bags, straws, and certain food containers.

  • Styrofoam: This material is not accepted in most recycling programs due to its difficulty to recycle.

  • Hazardous Materials: Items like paint, chemicals, and batteries should not be placed in recycling bins.

  • Electronics: These require special disposal methods due to their complex components.

Avoiding these items in your recycling bin helps keep the recycling stream clean and efficient.

Why Proper Sorting Matters

Proper sorting of recyclables is essential for several reasons. Firstly, it has a significant environmental impact. Correct recycling reduces pollution and conserves natural resources, ensuring that materials are reused rather than wasted.

Secondly, it enhances the efficiency of the recycling process. Sorting ensures that recyclables are processed correctly, saving time and resources at recycling facilities.

Lastly, avoiding contamination is crucial. Non-recyclable items can contaminate recyclable materials, making them harder to process and reducing their quality. Proper sorting ensures that the recycling stream remains pure and effective.

Partnering with ARLO Environmental Inc

At ARLO Environmental Inc, we offer comprehensive recycling services that simplify the process for you. Our services are designed to make recycling easy and effective:

  • Recycling Services Offered: We provide curbside pick-up, drop-off points, and detailed guides on what can be recycled.

  • Benefits of Using Our Services: Partnering with us ensures that your recyclables are handled properly, reducing your environmental footprint and contributing to a cleaner community.

  • Making Recycling Easy: We offer convenient pick-up schedules and provide bins to help you sort your recyclables correctly.

Specialized Recycling Services

In addition to standard recycling, we offer specialized services to handle more complex waste:

  • Electronic Waste Recycling: We ensure safe disposal and recycling of your old electronics.

  • Hazardous Waste Disposal: We provide solutions for disposing of hazardous materials safely.

  • Large Item Pick-Up and Recycling: For items like furniture and appliances, we offer pick-up and recycling services.


Recycling correctly is essential for protecting our environment and conserving resources. By understanding what can and cannot be recycled, you contribute to a more efficient and effective recycling process. Let ARLO Environmental Inc help you with all your recycling needs, making it easy and convenient for you to do your part.

For a cleaner, greener Amarillo, contact ARLO Environmental Inc today and take advantage of our comprehensive recycling services!

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