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Recycling Programs

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Bryan Drive In Recycling

  • Address:
    2202 Briarcrest Drive
    Bryan, Texas
    Phone: (979) 209-5675
    Fax: (979) 209-5959
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Saturday | 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Sunday | 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Since 1996 the City has operated a very successful Drive-In Recycling Center – the first publicly owned and operated recycling facility of its kind within our region.

The Recycling Center is open 7 days a week, serves more than 1,500 cars per week (residential, commercial, and surrounding communities), and diverts more than 1,000 tons of recyclable goods per year. Due to this facility’s success in the recycling field, numerous municipalities have chosen to model their own recycling operations after Bryan’s operation.

In addition, since its inception, the City has proudly partnered with the local non-profit, Junction 505, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for adults with disabilities by providing them with the opportunity to enter the workforce. These employees work alongside City staff to serve our great community.

Curbside Recycling

The City of Bryan will continue seeking ways to improve and expand our recycling programs to increase landfill diversion and promote environmental stewardship and education.

One such way is by permitting certain recyclers to offer an alternative curbside recycling program to the residents of Bryan. This alternative program is separate from City services, and associated fees are paid directly to the recycling hauler by those residents who wish to participate in a curbside program. For more information or details on service fees, please contact one of these permitted vendors:

Center Guidelines


  • What’s accepted: All Clear and Color bottles and jars
  • Remember to: Remove lids, rinse bottles
  • Not Accepted: Glass dishes, drinking glasses, window glass, light blubs


  • What’s accepted: #1 & #2 Clear and colored/solid plastic bottles with necks smaller than the base
  • Remember to: Remove lids, rinse bottles, stomp them flat
  • Not Accepted: Wide mouth tubs, buckets


  • What’s accepted: Aluminum and steel/tin, beverage and food cans
  • Remember to: Rinse cans, flatten, separate aluminum and steel
  • Not Accepted: Aluminum foil or trays, aerosol cans, helium tanks


  • What’s accepted: Newspapers and inserts, glossy magazines and catalogs, colored paper, junk mail, office paper (white and colored), phone book, paperback and hardback books
  • Remember to: Keep clean and dry, remove plastic sleeves and rubber bands, break down boxes if possible, do not mix with cardboard and paperboard
  • Not Accepted: Yellow, dirty, wet or moldy paper, shredded paper

Corrugated Cardboard and Paperboard

  • What’s accepted: Any corrugated cardboard and paperboard
  • Remember to: Do not mix with paper, break down boxes if possible
  • Not Accepted: None

Cell phones and E-Waste

  • What’s accepted: Old cell phones and phone batteries, batteries able to be recharged (i.e. from cordless phones, radios, cordless tools, digital/video cameras, laptop computers, 2-way radios, remote toys, etc.), printer cartridges
  • Remember to: Keep separate from other materials
  • Not Accepted: Phone accessories (i.e. chargers, adaptors, headsets, etc.), single-use batteries, auto/boat batteries, computer or accessories, home electronics

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

Recycling Tires

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 Facilities

Find other local recycling facilities by clicking here:
Earth 911

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

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.
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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:

Corrosive Waste:Boric acid,Car battery acid,Copper cleaners/metal cleaners,Disinfectants,Hydrochloric acid,

Phosphoric acid,

Pool acid,

Toilet bowl cleaners,


Ammonia & ammonia-base cleaners,

Battery terminal cleaner,

Caustic soda,

Drain cleaners,


Oven cleaners,


Ant & roach killers,

Antifreeze Baygon,

Black Flag,


Chrome/silver polish,



Dog repellant,


Flea spray/powder,


Insect sprays,




Moth crystals,

Off insect repellant,


Plant food,

Pruning paint,



Rock salt,

Rose dust,


Sevin dust,

Snail/slug killer,

Tree root/stump killer,

Weed and grass killer,

and Windshield wiper fluid

Ignitable Waste:Adhesives & glues,Air fresheners,Asphalt driveway toppings,Charcoal lighter fluid,Enamel/oil-based paints,

Epoxy paints,

Fiberglas resin and hardeners,


Hobby solvents,


Lacquer paint,

Lighter fluid,

Linseed oil,

Liquid waxes,

Nail polish removers,

Paint/varnish removers,

Paint strippers,

Petroleum distillates,

Plastic model cement,

Rug cleaners,

Spot removers,


Wood stain

Cleaning Solutions:Oven cleaners,Wood cleaners,Wood polishes,Metal cleaners,Metal polishes,

and Floor polishes

Automotive Waste:

Automotive body filter,
Automotive oils,

Brake fluid