The City of Killeen accepts recyclables FREE. Accepted materials include all types of paper, cardboard, #1 and #2 plastics, glass bottles and jars and steel, tin and aluminum cans.
Recycle at these locations:
- Killeen Recycling Center, 111 E. Avenue F
- Killeen Recycling Trailer, 6520 Clear Creek Road
- Killeen Recycling Trailer, 3201 S. WS Young Drive
- Killeen Transfer Station, 12200 SH 195
The concept of recycling is simple: It turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources and produces long-term benefits. The combined waste reduction efforts of municipalities and citizens can make a difference in conserving and protecting our environment.
- Recycling reduces waste and the need for land filling which, in turn, extends the useful life of the landfill.
- Recycling decreases the need to extract and process virgin raw materials that are used in manufacturing processes for the new projects, thereby conserving natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
- Recycling saves energy and reduces pollution associated with raw material and mineral extraction and processing.
- Recycling helps sustain the environment and natural ecosystem for future generations.
Are Pizza Boxes Recyclable?
A recent study confirmed pizza boxes are recyclable. Grease and cheese are not an issue for the recycling process. Simply remove leftover pizza and place the box in the recycling bin.
We encourage communities to update their residential recycling programs' guidelines to explicitly accept pizza boxes that are free of food.
Pizza boxes are already being recycled at paper mills across the country and the industry wants more of these boxes back to recycle them. About 3 billion pizza boxes are used in the U.S. each year — that's about 600,000 tons of corrugated that could be collected for recycling.
By updating local municipality programs to accept corrugated pizza boxes, we're adding another feedstock to help produce the essential products we rely on like boxes for shipping, food and medicine as well as toilet paper and paper towels. Our industry's $4.1 billion dollar investment in U.S. recycling capacity is evidence for how important recycling is to the paper and paper-based packaging supply chain.
Learn more about the recyclability of pizza boxes at PaperRecycles.org.
Recycling in Killeen
Cardboard Moving Boxes
A special one-time free pickup of move-in cardboard boxes is offered to newcomers (within 6 months of arrival) on Wednesdays only. To request pickup, call 254-501-7785. Cardboard boxes, ten or more, must be flattened and placed at curbside by 7 a.m. Up to 6 boxes are allowed to be filled with paper wrappings; boxes that contain garbage or Styrofoam are not allowed.
Do not place boxes at curbside for collection if inclement weather is eminent. A fee is charged for the pickup of wet cardboard and paper.
Plastic (Bottles, Jugs, Cans & Jars)
- Look for number 1 or number 2 on container
- Mouth must be equal to, or smaller than, the base
- Remove and discard all plastic lids
- Crush when possible
- No motor oil containers
Paper, Newspapers, Magazines, Catalogs, Cardboard Boxes & Color Ad Inserts
- Must be dry and clean
- Flatten or break down cardboard boxes
Steel, Tin & Aluminum Cans
- Labels may remain on cans
- Rinse cans of food residue
- Flatten cans to conserve space
- Aerosol cans must be empty
Glass (Bottles & Jars Only)
- Clear, green and brown color only
- Remove plastic lids and caps
- Drain all liquids and rinse
- No broken or treated glass (mirrors, window panes, ceramics)
- No light bulbs
Cell Phones & Rechargeable Batteries
- Lithium Ion
- Nickel-Metal Hydride
- Sealed Lead
Used Cooking Oil
Cooking oil of all types. May contain small amounts of food particles such as flour or breadcrumbs but may not be mixed with other types of oil, lubricants or water.
- Engine oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, and rear end oil are accepted for disposal from individuals only, not from commercial businesses or industry.
- Not more than 5 gallons per customer is accepted at a time.
- Materials not accepted for disposal are contaminated oil, pesticides, gasoline and grease.
- Oil filters are accepted at the Killeen Recycling Center.
- Antifreeze is accepted at the Killeen Recycling Center.
- Oil collection sites:
- Killeen Recycling Center
111 E Avenue F
Killeen, TX 76541
- Killeen Recycling Center
Compact Fluorescent Lamps
Used Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) are accepted by Home Depot for proper recycling. CFLs are accepted at the periodic Household Hazardous Waste Collection events.
Do you have a need to weigh a vehicle? If so, the Killeen Recycling Center has a certified public scale which can accommodate most vehicles, except large tractor trailer rigs. A fee is charged for the use of the scales.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Special Collection events are held periodically in Bell, Coryell and Lampasas counties to provide citizens a means to properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) materials. HHW is comprised of a wide variety of flammable, toxic, corrosive, or poisonous materials. HHW collection events convenient to Killeen area citizens are publicized on this website.