Residential Recycling


Hours of Operation

City Recycling Center

488 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130

Tuesday through Saturday  8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed for lunch from 12 - 12:30 p.m.

Curbside residential recycling collection is provided to all single-family and some smaller multifamily dwellings. Residents who live in apartments and condominiums can still recycle, but must drop-off their recyclables at the City Recycle Center. 

Please Remember:

Clean out containers for recycling.

Flatten boxes - cardboard should be cut into pieces no longer than 18 inches.

Do not bag items - leave them loose in your cart.

Secure shredded paper in a paper bag and staple it shut.

Become familiar with the accepted items list. Keep trash, Styrofoam, and plastic bags out.

Keep your cart 5 feet away from any obstacle, including Green Waste.

Place your cart at the curb with the wheels and handle facing your home. Lid must be completely closed.

Place your cart out no earlier than 8 p.m. the day before your collection day.

Place your cart at the curb no later than 6:30 a.m. on your collection day.



Use this interactive map to find out when trash and recycling is collected on your street. 

Use the ADDRESS SEARCH area on the left side of the map and enter your address!

Can it go in the Blue Recycle Bin?

  1. Yes, Please Recycle!
  2. No, Please Do NOT Put in Recycle Bin

Yes, Please Recycle!

Solid Waste and Recycle Info Graphic_Stand-Alone Blue_FinalFeel free to put the following items into your blue recycle bin:

  • Plastic Containers  #1 - #7, less than 5 gallons in size

  • Newspaper

  • Paper

  • Junk mail

  • Magazines

  • Catalogs

  • Cardboard and Paperboard

  • Food and beverage cartons (milk, juice, soup, etc.)

  • Glass bottles and Jars

  • Aluminum Cans and Bottles

  • Steel Cans

  • Tin Cans

View a printable PDF of recycling information


City Recycling Center

The City Recycle Center is available for all community members to bring material for recycling, including apartment dwellers, businesses, and visitors. 

Please remain in your car and let attendants remove recyclables or bring you Green Waste bags, unless otherwise instructed on-site.

Please Remember:

  • Flatten boxes, rinse containers, and bring items loose in a container, such as an 18-gallon bin or storage tote.
  • Please do not bag your items. Bagged recyclables will not be accepted. Please do not use City- provided Green Waste bags for recyclables.
  • Secure shredded paper in a small paper bag and staple it shut.
  • If you miss your curbside recycling collection, we cannot accept items in your recycling cart. Bring them in an 18-gallon tote or bin.
  • Please do not bring your Green Waste to the recycle center. We cannot accept it.
  • Trailer loads of recyclables will not be accepted.
  • White plastic foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, must be separated from other recyclables.
  • Large pieces of cardboard must be cut down to fit in our cardboard bailer. Please cut down your cardboard to 30’ x 60’ or smaller before arriving at the recycle center to avoid slowing down the flow of traffic.

What Can I Bring to the Recycling Center?

Here's what you can (and can NOT bring) to the City Recycle Center. 

  1. Please Bring:
  2. Please DO NOT Bring:

Single-Stream Recycling

  • Plastic containers #1-7, less than 5-gallon, lids on
  • Clean, dry paper: cardboard, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, catalogs, cereal boxes, phone books, etc.
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum cans and bottles
  • Steel and tin: food and beverage cans
  • Shredded paper in a paper bag, stapled shut
  • Dairy and juice cartons

Plastic Foam #6

  • Completely white, clean and dry; often called Styrofoam


  • Flattened, clean, dry, and cut to 30” X 60” or smaller

Scrap Metal

  • Items that are mostly metal, such as: 
    • Hangers
    • Chains
    • Appliances without Freon
    • Lawn mowers without fluids
    • Water heaters (emptied)
    • BBQ grills (no ashes or coals)
    • Bicycles

View a printable PDF of this information

More Recycling Info

  1. Plastic Bags
  2. Electronics
  3. Batteries
  4. Plastic Foam

Do not place plastic bags, plastic film, or shrink wrap into your blue recycle cart. Plastic bags are not recyclable through the curbside recycling service or at the City Recycle Center. These bags become entangled in the sorting machinery at the materials recovery facility where recyclables are sorted.

If you shred paper, please place the shredded paper into a paper bag . Use a clear or opaque plastic bag only if no paper bag is available and tie it in a knot.

Please take your plastic bags to local retailers, such as HEB, Target, Best Buy, or Walmart, for recycling. These locations have a drop-off recycling bin or barrel near their entrances just for plastic bags.

To reduce waste, consider using reusable bags at the grocery store instead of single-use plastic bags. Reusing plastic bags you do accumulate can also be a great alternative to disposal.