Tulsa Recycles

The City of Tulsa has an extensive system for recovering resources from regular household waste. At the waste-to-energy plant, even metals are reclaimed from trash after it is processed. The incinerator produces valuable steam energy that helps power a local refinery.


Our trash service is based on a “pay-as-you-throw” model that allows you to control how much you pay each month. The less trash you throw out, the smaller the cart you need. And the smaller the cart you need, the less you pay.


When you recycling in your blue cart:
  • Only recycling placed in City of Tulsa issued recycling carts will be collected

  • Place all recyclables loose in the cart. No need to separate!

  • Do not bag recyclables.

  • Cart(s) must be set out before 5 a.m. on your collection day. The hauler has until 8 p.m. to collect your recyclables.

  • Cart lids must be closed completely.

  • Cart(s) must be removed from the curb within 12 hours after the cart has been serviced.

  • Position carts at the curb with lid opening toward the street

  • Please leave 3 ft. of space between the recycling and refuse carts and place away from any obstruction (i.e. landscaping, light pole, basketball goal, vehicles, mailbox).


Recyclable Items

Aluminum & Steel Cans

Place the empty cans in the blue recycling cart. Ensure that all food residue has been removed from the containers and refrain from crushing cans. A good rule of thumb is to only recycle items from your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom. Any items from the shed or garage should not be recycled. Cleaning and crushing cans is not necessary.

Plastic Bottles & Jugs

Place empty bottles and jugs in the blue recycling cart. Leave the caps and lids securely on the bottles. No flexible film please. A good rule of thumb is to only recycle items from your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom. Any items from the shed or garage should not be recycled.

Cardboard & Paper

Place cardboard and loose paper, including junk mail, in the blue recycling cart. Please ensure that all food residue has been removed from pizza boxes. A good rule of thumb is to only recycle items from your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom. Any items from the shed or garage should not be recycled.

Glass Bottles & Jars

Place only clear, brown, blue and green beverage bottles and food jars in the blue recycling cart. All containers should be completely empty of food or other residue. A good rule of thumb is to only recycle items from your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom. Any items in the shed or garage should not be recycled. Cleaning bottles and jars is not necessary.


Non-Recyclable Items

Learn more at http://tulsarefuse.org/ and https://www.cityoftulsa.org/government/departments/streets-and-stormwater/refuse-recycling/recycling/