Bryan Drive In Recycling
2202 Briarcrest Drive
Phone: (979) 209-5675
Fax: (979) 209-5959 Fax
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday | 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday | 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Drive-In Center History
Since the early 1990s, the City of Bryan has remained committed to providing our local community with an environmentally conscious alternative to disposal practices which rapidly deplete the operating life of our regional landfills.
The Bryan Drive-In Recycling Center was the first publicly owned and operated recycling facility of its kind within our region. Since 2007, the Bryan Drive-In Recycling Center has diverted more than 2,900 tons of recyclable materials from entering our regional landfill. Due to this facility’s success in the recycling field, numerous municipalities have chosen to model their own recycling operations after Bryan’s operation.
Recycled Material Yearly Tonnage Report
2008: 865 Tons
2009: 995 Tons
2010: 1054 Tons
The facility is currently staffed by four full-time Recycling Center Assistants. In addition, contractual employment is provided by Junction 505 who mediates employment for patients of the Brazos County MHMR Program. The Center is currently open to the public seven days a week, and is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Download a printable version of our Drive-In Recycling Center Guidelines here
Recycling Pays in More Ways Than One!
Free garbage service
Once per year every Bryan resident is eligible to earn a free month of garbage service. Here’s how:
Bring the receipt portion of your most recent utility bill or the automatic draft receipt to the recycling center when you recycle.
A stamp will be placed on your utility bill by one of the Drive-In staff members.
Save 12 months of stamps and return all receipts with the stamps to the recycling center.
A voucher is issued verifying your free garbage service and a credit will appear on a future utility bill. Look for the word “adjustment” this will be your credit. Please allow up to 45 days for the credit to appear.
Help Us to Better Serve You
Please help us serve you better by remembering to do the following:
- Source separate your recyclable material (Although not required)
- Rinse all materials to be recycled
- Remove all lids from bottles and jars
- Bring your utility bill if you are a City of Bryan resident
- Please stay in your vehicle for your safety and convenience
- Not leave any materials outside our facility if we are not open
The City of Bryan Drive-In Recycling Center also accepts tires from Bryan residents only.
Please follow these guidelines:
- Must bring a current BTU bill & matching driver’s license
- Only passenger tires allowed
- No rims allowed
- Limit 8 tires per year
Recycling Shredded Paper
Shredded paper can be taken to the TAMU Recycling Center at 204 South College Ave. Their phone number is 979-845-7777.
Find other local recycling facilities by clicking here:
Environmental “HOT” Topic
Want to take a break from the heat, lower your electric bill and be good to the environment? Here are some tips from our house to yours:
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Did you know that simply replacing all of your incandescent light bulbs with energy-savings Compact Fluorescent (CLF) bulbs can significantly reduce your energy bill? Compact Fluorescent lights give off the same amount of light as incandescent, but use fewer watts (energy). CFLs, when compared with standard incandescent bulbs, offer many benefits. First, they help save energy and money. They use 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs, and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 60-watt incandescent with a 13 watt CFL can save you at least $30 in energy cost over the life of the bulb. Second, CFLs offer convenience, because they last longer, and come in different sizes and shapes to fit almost any fixture. In addition, CFLs produce about 70% less heat than standard incandescent bulbs, so they’re safer to operate and can help cut energy cost associated with home cooling. When shopping, always look for ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs. They are available in different sizes and shapes to fit in almost any fixture, for indoors and outdoors.
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars.
Where to use CFLs
To get the most energy savings, replace bulbs where lights are on the most such as family and living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and porches.
Some CFLs have trouble operating in enclosed fixtures.
How to dispose of CFLs
Always dispose of your CFL properly. While CFLs for your home are not legally considered hazardous waste according to federal solid waste rules, it is still best for the environment to dispose of your CFL properly upon burnout. Only large commercial users of tubular fluorescent lamps are required to recycle. If recycling is not an option in your area (see below on how to find out), place the CFL in a sealed plastic bag and place with your regular trash.
Home Depot in College Station has a CFL Collection/Recycling program in place for the general public. Bulbs can be taken to the Returns/Service desk. There is no limit to the number of bulbs nor any required packaging.
IKEA (Frisco store) has CFL Collection/ Recycling program available to the general public. Individuals can take their bulbs (no limit and no required packaging) to either the Returns Desk or the “As is/ Clearance” area.
Safe clean-up precautions
If a CFL breaks in your home, open a nearby window to disperse any vapor that may escape, carefully sweep up the fragments (do not use your hands) and wipe the area with a disposable paper towel to remove all glass fragments. Do not use a vacuum. Place all fragments in a sealed plastic bag and follow disposable directions above.
Do-It-Yourself Oil Center
The City of Bryan offers a free Do-It-Yourself Oil Center to properly dispose of used oil, filters and grease. This facility is designed for residential use only. The Center is open six days a week, Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Dansby Ave. The Oil Center accepts:
- Used oil
- Oil filters
- Used cooking grease
There are two rendering containers marked for each specific type of oil. We ask that you dispose of no more than 10 gallons of used oil or cooking grease per visit.
And remember, when transporting used oil, please place it in a secure container that may be emptied and reused for future recycling.
Household Hazardous Waste
The Brazos Valley Solid Waste Agency (BVSWMA), in conjunction with the cities of Bryan and College Station, sponsors a Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) each year in the fall and spring.
The events are currently held at the University Services Building, 3380 University Drive East on Harvey Road near Veteran’s Park in College Station.
This event allows all citizens in our area the opportunity to dispose, free of charge, numerous household hazardous wastes such as: cleaning solutions, corrosive waste, ignitable waste, automotive waste, pharmaceuticals, computers, fluorescent light blubs and many other items.
For a complete list of accepted items and more information please visit the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency’s Household Hazardous Waste web page. BVSWMA has a 24-hour hotline for more information at (979) 764-3809.
This event is another means of keeping our community clean and safe. By diverting hazardous chemicals from our waste stream and landfill, we can keep our water, air and soil healthier for all of us.
This event only takes place twice a year and, in the meantime, there are many ways you can lessen the amount of toxins entering our natural environment. Remember to look for less-toxic cleaners, detergents and household products. Try using organic products on your lawn and gardens, including compost, which acts as a natural fertilizer. Share leftovers with friends and neighbors, and recycle materials such as newspaper, aluminum, #1 & #2 plastics, clear, green and brown glass, cardboard, steel cans, used motor oil and oil filters, tires and brown and clear plastic grocery bags.
If you have any questions regarding Household Hazardous Waste or the collection events, please call Micaela Farrington-Aguilar, BVSWMA Event Specialist, at (979) 764-3832.
Here’s a list of items acceptable for disposal at the Household Hazardous Waste Event:
Toilet bowl cleaners,
Ammonia & ammonia-base cleaners,
Battery terminal cleaner,
Ant & roach killers,
Off insect repellant,
Tree root/stump killer,
Weed and grass killer,
and Windshield wiper fluid
Fiberglas resin and hardeners,
Nail polish removers,
Plastic model cement,
and Floor polishes
Automotive body filter,