Deer Park Makes Recycling Easy

What if in less than five minutes a day you could reduce pollution, conserve resources, and save landfill space? You can if you recycle. When you recycle, the pop cans, milk jugs, and newspapers are used to make new products, reducing the need to mine for metals, drill for oil, or log for timber. And Deer Park makes recycling easy!

How to Recycle

How do you start? Residents simply call the City of Deer Park at 794-8860 to get your free recycling bin.

What to Recycle

What to Recycle

Plastic - any Bottle or Jug

Don’t worry about the numbers. As long as the plastic is a bottle or jug, you can recycle it! Just make sure the plastic bottle has a mouth smaller than the rest of the container. Rinse the container, don't worry about the label, and lids are OK if left on empty bottle.

You can put these in your bin/cart:

You CANNOT put these in your bin/cart:

water and pop bottles butter or margarine tubs
shampoo bottles whipped topping containers
salad dressing bottles yogurt containers
milk jugs deli containers
juice bottles clam shells
contact solution bottles storage containers
ketchup and mustard bottles Styrofoam©
liquid laundry detergent jugs plastic wrap and packaging**
cat litter jugs plastic bags**
(lids are OK if left on empty bottle or jug) food film/plastic food containers
  (e.g., single serve frozen meals)
  lotion tubes
  plastic hangers
  pots from the garden
  cat litter buckets or containers
**Plastic bags & packaging can be recycled at Target and Kroger-see below

Glass - any Bottle or Jar

Any color, any size as long as the glass is a bottle or jar. Remove the lid and place in your bin or cart separately (but don’t worry about the label) and rinse out the container before placing in the bin or cart.

You can put these in your bin/cart:

You CANNOT put these in your bin/cart:

pop bottles drinking glasses
beer and wine bottles baking dishes
juice bottles dinnerware
jelly jars window glass
tomato sauce jars broken glass
pickle jars light bulbs, compact fluorescent
salsa jars or regular fluorescent lights
metal lids (include separately in your bin or cart)  

Metal - Aluminum and Steel Cans

All food related metal cans go into your bin. No need to remove the label but do rinse out the food can.

You can put these in your bin/cart:

You CANNOT put these in your bin/cart:

soup cans metal hangers
pop cans scrap metal
beer cans aluminum foil
fruit and vegetable cans non-food related metal
tuna/salmon/meat cans non-drink related metal
juice cans empty paint containers
metal coffee cans  
empty aerosol cans–remove tips  

Paper - Any Type of Paper

If you can tear it, you can put it in your bin/cart! (with few exceptions). All types of paper, paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes, frozen dinner boxes, 12-pack beverage containers, etc.) , and cardboard are recyclable, even if they are glossy! For shredded paper, place in a clear plastic bag to help prevent littering. You can even recycle clean pizza boxes. For book recyclers, click here or call the Recycling Hotline at 946-7766.

NEW ITEM: paper cartons

You can put these in your bin/cart:

You CANNOT put these in your bin/cart:

newspapers and inserts bound books
magazines–dull or glossy paper plates
phone books napkins
catalogs paper soiled with food
junk mail foil-coated paper
cardboard boxes–flatten wax-coated paper
brown paper grocery bags photographs
beverage carriers wax paper
envelopes–with or without windows  
paperboard (e.g., boxes from cereal, crackers, cake mixes, frozen dinners)  
paper towel/toilet paper cores  
office paper–with or without staples  
clean pizza boxes  
paper cartons (e.g., milk, OJ, juice box without straw, soup/stock boxes)–without caps or straws  

Have Household Hazardous Waste? Call the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District for disposal options at 946-7766 or visit

Rumpke Expanded Recyclables List Announcement

Rumpke is committed to expanding our recycling efforts and reducing the amount of material entering our landfills. 

Since Rumpke Re-cycling’s inception in 1989, they have significantly grown the residential program and steadily increased the amount and type of materials that are accepted.  Rumpke is pleased to announce that effective November 1, 2009 they can now accept all plastic bottles and jugs (regardless of plastic number) and clean pizza boxes. 

Rumpke is making a multi-million dollar investment to incorporate the most advanced sorting technology available at the Material Recovery Facility.  This upgrade will allow improvements to efficiency and acceptance of these new materials. 

We hope you share our excitement in this opportunity to recycle more.