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Tulsa Curbside Recycling to Restart Monday

This article was archived on 3/13/2022

Curbside recycling in Tulsa will restart on Monday, January 31.  

Beginning Monday, customers should again start separating their trash into the gray cart and their recycling into the blue cart by 5 a.m. on their scheduled pickup day. Refuse and recycling will be collected separately. Please note, recycling will not be picked up should non-recyclables be included in the blue cart.   

Tulsa Recycle & Transfer (TRT) has installed a new system after contamination from a lithium-ion battery caused a fire at the facility in April 2021. Since, TRT has been closed and the City of Tulsa has sent both trash and recycling to the Covanta Waste for Energy Plant. 

As recycling resumes in Tulsa, residents should remember to avoid contamination and put only recyclables in the blue cart and all trash in the gray cart. The City’s educational campaign “Recycle This, Not That” highlights items that should be included in the recycling stream including aluminum and steel cans, paper and cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs, glass jars and bottles. For more information about the City’s trash and recycling program and what can and can’t be recycled visit: 

All batteries should be recycled through the M.e.t. and specialized battery operators/stores. M.e.t. Depot locations can be found at