F.A.Q. > What We Do and Don't Recycle > What constitutes a Hard-to-Recycle Material (HaRM)?

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North Texans are increasingly aware of the recyclability of traditional materials such as paper, plastics, aluminum, cardboard, and glass. What about TVs, Styrofoam, carpet, and other materials, though?

RR refers to these and other tricky items as Hard-to-Recycle Materials (HaRM). HaRM items generally fall into 1 of 3 (but sometimes all 3!) distinct categories:

  1. Materials with a complex chemical/material composition
    • Examples that RR accepts: Electronics, Vinyl Binders
    • Examples that RR does NOT currently accept: Tetrapak (juice boxes)
  2. Materials that suffer from a lack of established local processors
    • Examples that RR currently accepts: Styrofoam
    • Examples that RR does NOT currently accept: Roofing tiles, Tetrapak
  3. Materials that offer uniquely challenging and/or costly logistics
    • Examples that RR currently accepts: Toilets (large quantities only)
    • Examples that RR does NOT currently accept: Gypsum (Drywall)

Other examples of HaRM items accepted at Recycle Revolution are e-waste (computers, televisions, monitors, cell phones, etc.), light bulbs and lighting fixtures (i.e. ballasts, etc.), batteries, Styrofoam and packing peanuts, corks, vinyl binders, carpet, and more.

Please note that RR does not accept large household applicances such as refrigerators or washing machines at our Drop-Off Center, although we can, in many instances, arrange for the collection of these materials.

Last updated on January 22, 2013 by Eddie Lott