Texas Disposal Systems Recycling FAQ
What is accepted in recycling?
We accept single stream as well as source separated recycled materials. Most commercial and residential recycling is single stream, which means all of the materials we accept can be commingled rather than separating them.
Plastics, aluminum, metal, glass and unsoiled paper products are recyclable in most TDS streams. Consult our Waste Wizard by searching under the “What Goes Where” feature to determine how to dispose of various materials.
Can food wrappers like pizza boxes and aluminum foil be recycled?
Please thoroughly rinse any food containers of food residue before recycling them. Aluminum foil may be recycled if it is entirely clean of any food residue. Pizza boxes are not recyclable, as the grease on them cannot be removed and will contaminate other recyclables, making the load unrecyclable.
Consult our Waste Wizard by searching under the “What Goes Where” feature to determine which items can be recycled.
Can bulk items, like wood or appliances, be recycled?
Several bulk items can be recycled, but it truly depends on the item. Wood waste can fall into many categories and is treated depending on the amount and previous use. Similarly, appliances like washers, dryers, fridges and ovens can be recycled for metal, but each appliance may vary.
Texas Disposal Systems can pick up bulky items curbside in specific cities or neighborhoods with scheduled pickup times. To schedule a pickup, contact Customer Experience at 1-800-375-8375. For other items, consult our Waste Wizard by searching under the “What Goes Where” feature to determine how to dispose of various wood items.
How are single stream recycling materials separated at the MRF?
View a video of the Materials Recovery Facility here, where you can find more information regarding how single-stream recycling materials are processed.
What are the benefits of recycling?
Recycling is using materials otherwise discarded for a new purpose. This can be done by reclaiming materials and repurposing them, or traditional recycling by collecting, baling and reusing raw materials. Recycling conserves natural resources like wood, water, and minerals. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions created during processing of new materials and creates well-paying jobs in the United States. Recycling is a way to reduce wastefulness, and by reusing materials, save them from ending up in the landfill where they will never be reclaimed.
How can I find a recycling center near me?
Do you have educational information about recycling for kids?
Yes! TDS launched its Eco Academy program in 2017, educating children on how to divert waste from the landfill. Please visit EcoAcademy.org to learn more.
I saw a charge that said Commodity Adjustment Fee on my bill. What is that and what does that mean?
Beginning April 2019, you may see a Commodity Adjustment Fee (CAF) that applies to recycling collection customers.
The recyclables commodities market is subject to significant price fluctuations. To adjust for the impact of such fluctuations on our business, TDS is assessing a Commodity Adjustment Fee to recycling customers’ invoices that allows TDS to collect, process and sell recyclables at an acceptable operating margin.
The fee is usually a charge, but in limited cases can be a credit to a customer’s bill, because it changes with the prices for recyclable commodities.
We continually monitor changes in the recycling commodities market and may adjust prices, at our discretion, in the future.