Green Initiatives

The Lee College Recycling Rebels are striving to promote environmental awareness, encourage recycling in our community, and show the benefits of recycling as it pertains to our community. The purpose of this section is to provide information and educational resources to the community of Baytown about the types of materials that can be recycled, and where recycling services are available locally.

The City of Baytown has initiated a weekly curbside recycling program for the betterment of our community and the environment. The blue bins are given out for free by the Utilities Department and the scheduled day for pick up is attached to the side of your bin. (They need to be out by at least 7 a.m. on the scheduled day.)

Recyclable Items

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  • Steel/Bi-metal Cans — any can you can stick a magnet to is a steel/bi-metal can
    • Please empty and rinse
    • No hazardous materials or paint cans
  • Aluminum — beverage cans, foil, disposable pie and roaster type pans
    • Rinse and flatten
  • Plastic Containers
    • Remove caps and rinse containers
    • Look on container for recycling numbers 1 or 2 (they are surrounded by a triangle)
    • Water bottles/ beverage containers are usually #1
    • 1/2 gallon and gallon jugs are usually #2
  • Newspapers
    • Tie with string and toss in the bin or place in a brown paper bag beside or under the bin.

Questions? Call Waste Management at 713.686.6666 or visit

Everyday Household Recycling Products

The recycling of everyday household products (e.g., metal cans, plastic bottles, paper, etc.) conserves our environment in many ways. Recycling conserves the world’s natural resources and it minimizes the products going to the landfills and subsequently leads to life expansion of our landfills. Additionally, recycling reduces pollution in the air that we breathe. Recycling of all these materials makes the environment a greener and more efficient home for us.

Places to take household recycling

Green Center
Newspaper, Aluminum, White Office Paper, Cardboard, Tin Cans, Plastics 1 & 2, Glass (clear, green and brown)
1601 W. Main St.
Baytown, TX 77520
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Cellophane plastic shopping bags can be recycled at many grocery stores (e.g., H.E.B., Kroger) and retail outlets such as Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s.


Armand Bayou tour

Students tour Armand Bayou as part of a service learning project.

Despite our advancement in technology, a negative downside is the increasing amount of electronic waste piling up in landfills. This e-waste often contains hazardous materials including lead, mercury, cadmium and various other substances, which often cause air and water pollution that affects public health. Recycling electronics helps prevent a cause of environmental and health problems. Reusing and refurbishing electronics puts secondhand materials to good use and also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused when manufacturing of new products.

Places to Recycle Electronics

Best Buy (Learn about Best Buy’s E-Waste Recycling program)
Cell phones, Computer Monitors, Computer Recycling, Electronics, Game Console, Inkjet Cartridges, MP3 Players, NiCad Batteries, Office Machines, Rechargeable Batteries, Small Appliances, Telephones, and Televisions
4620 Garth Rd
Baytown, TX 77521

Candy Solis

Student Candy Solis during a field trip to the restored marsh at the San Jacinto State Historic Site.

Cartridge World of Baytown
Inkjet Cartridges, Toner Cartridges, Inkjet Cartridges refilling, Toner Cartridge refilling
5055 Garth Rd.
Baytown, TX 77521

Home Depot
Cell Phones, Car Batteries, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Lead-Acid Batteries (Non-Automotive), NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries
4915 Garth Rd.
Baytown, TX 77521

Cell Phones, Computer Monitors, Computer Recycling, Inkjet Cartridges, Office Machines, Toner Cartridges, NiCad Batteries
6022 East Sam Houston Pkwy N.
Houston, TX 77049


Even with the ever-increasing amount of technology, paper goods such as books and cardboard are still produced. With the production of these goods comes many negative impacts to the environment; recycling books allows us to slow the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the environment (as opposed to producing new paper products from scratch) and also allows us to save considerable amounts of space in landfills as well as our bookshelves. Recycling books allows us to get unused books back into circulation. We can save enormous amounts of money in recycling paper goods and products, and by keeping these paper goods out of landfills and off the streets we can decrease the amounts of carbon dioxide emissions during disposal while keeping Baytown looking clean and healthy.

Baytown Green Center
• Newspaper, white office paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum/tin cans, plastics, yard brush, lumber
1601 West Main Street
Baytown, TX 77520
Hours: Mon.-Wed.: 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lee College
• Textbook Donation Bin, Moler Hall
200 Lee Drive
Baytown, TX 77520
Trinity Episcopal Church
• Aluminum cans, household waste paper
5010 North Main Street
Baytown, TX 77521
Bins Located in Parking Lot
Book Barn
• Book and textbook recycling
222 E. Texas Ave.
Baytown, TX 77520

Volunteer Opportunities

Many organizations in Baytown offer opportunities to volunteer and make a difference. Baytown organizes a Trash Bash, and Trash Off, which dedicate a day to trash pickup and removal. The Texas Trash Bash is the largest volunteer based trash pickup in the state and in 2009 the annual Trash Off collected over 158 tons of waste. Volunteering is easy and trash pickup is a great way to beautify Baytown.

Local Green Activities

Baytown also has many parks and recreational organizations that offer green activities that encourage environmental awareness, while enjoying the outdoors. The following locations offer these opportunities: