Recycling Center

Tips

To clean grass stains: scrub dampened area with a bar of glycerin soap, let soak for an hour, wash normally.

Why Recycle?

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.

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
  • NiCad
  • 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.

Automotive Oil

  • The City has 3 waste oil collection sites. 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 and the Solid Waste Transfer Station.
  • Antifreeze is accepted at the Killeen Recycling Center.
  • Oil collection sites:
    • Killeen Recycling Center
      111 E Avenue F
      Killeen, TX 76541
    • Skylark Field Airport
      1523 Stonetree Drive
      Killeen, TX 76541
    • Transfer Station
      SH 195
      Killeen, TX 76541

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.

Lightbulb

Public Scale

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.

View HHW guidelines.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Guidelines

Periodic collections are held in the Killeen area throughout the year. These collections are for residential materials only. No materials will be accepted from business, industry or agricultural operations. Residents should carefully load containers into their vehicles. Glass containers should be cushioned to prevent breakage. 

Keep chemicals in their original container, with an original label preferred. Place leaking containers in a spill-proof container or bag.

Drop Off Procedures

Remain in your car! At the collection site, attendants will remove the unwanted materials from your vehicle. Do not get out of your vehicle at the drop-off site. If you have a car that has a trunk that must be opened with a key, be prepared to give the key to the attendant.

Prohibited Materials

These materials (items) will not be accepted at the drop-off site:

  • Ammunition
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Explosives
  • Medical Waste
  • Radioactive Material

Acceptable Materials

  • Corrosives: Acids and Bases
  • Flammables: Petroleum Products, Alcohols
  • Oxidizers: Fertilizers, Cleaners
  • Poisons: Pesticides, Herbicides, Heavy Metals, "Killers"
  • Others: Paint, Automotive Liquids, Fluorescent Lamps
  1. Corrosives
  2. Flammables / Combustibles
  3. Oxidizers
  4. Poisons
  5. Others

Acids

  • Acetic Acid
  • Battery Acid
  • Chloroacetic Acid
  • Chromic Acid
  • Cresylic Acid
  • Dip It - Silver Cleaner
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Ferric Chloride
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Hydrogen Chloride
  • Metal Cleaners
  • Muriatic Acid
  • Naval Jelly
  • Nitric Acid
  • Oxalic Acid
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Sheep Dip
  • Sodium Bisulfate/Sodium Bisulfite
  • Sulfuric Acid
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaners
  • Zinc Chloride

Bases (Caustics or Alkalines)

  • Ammonia /Ammonia Cleaners
  • Battery Terminal Cleaner
  • Cess Pool Cleaners
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Driveway Cleaner
  • Floor Wax Stripper
  • Lye
  • Metal Cleaners
  • Pool pH Increasers
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Septic Tank Cleaner
  • Soda Ash
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sodium Metasilicate
  • Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)