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What Can and Can't Be Recycled

The City and the Tulsa Authority for Recovery of Energy (TARE) board have launched a new recycling education program - "Recycle This, Not That" - to simplify recycling for Tulsa residents.

Since the City launched its new recycling program in 2012, the number of Tulsans recycling and the tonnage of recyclables being processed have risen dramatically.

It's good that more Tulsans are recycling, but the City has also seen an increase in items being put into the blue recycling carts that CANNOT be recycled through the City. This leads to a high "contamination rate" at the City's recycling processing center - and that costs the City and resident's money.

The contamination rate is now at 31.22 percent, and it needs to be at 15 percent or less. By lowering the contamination rate, the City will be able to save money on recycling processing fees and trash tipping fees, which in turn keeps trash rates down for residents.

The City is getting back to basics and launching a program to simplify recycling in Tulsa. This simplified approach makes it easy for residents 10 to 100 years old and over every demographic to remember: Recycle This, Not That and learn more about what can and cannot be recycled.

"Focus on the Four"

Limit what you put in your blue cart to only four groups of items:

If there are questions on what can be recycled, go by the rule - "When in doubt, check it out, or throw it out."


Each City of Tulsa resident has the opportunity to recycle with a 96-gallon blue recycling cart which has been provided to residents. Recycling is NOT mandatory, but is included in all service plan rates.

More than 80 percent of your household waste is recyclable! The more you recycle the less trash you throw out. The less trash you throw out, the smaller the trash cart you need. The smaller the trash cart, the less you pay for monthly collection service.

Learn more about what can and cannot be recycled.

Only recycling placed in City of Tulsa issued recycling carts will be collected