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    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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    Extreme water shortage throughout park. Visitors are limited to 5 gallons per day, and are encouraged to conserve further when possible. Please consider bringing your own water to the park.

Big Bend Recycles

Alex Recycle Party
Park Employees at the Recycling Center
NPS Photo/Matthew Yarbrough

Big Bend National Park started recycling in the late 1990s when volunteers began a grassroots recycling program with a few labeled barrels and a commitment to going green. Today, the program has grown in a big way, and we currently divert about 24% of the total waste generated in the park, or about 136 tons a year, and we're hoping to nearly double that rate of recycling by 2016.

We recycle glass, cardboard, paperboard, mixed paper, aluminum, steel, tin, and plastics #1 and #2. From our maintenance facilities, we also collect car and truck tires, used motor oil, batteries, steel, brush and yard clippings. You can find recycling containers at every visitor center and at Cottonwood, Rio Grande Village, and Chisos Basin campgrounds.
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Recycling Fast Facts

How much water do we save by recycling one ton of paper? How much petroleum do you save by recycling plastic bottles? more...

Garbage Truck

Big Bend's Landfill

Big Bend National Park has its own landfill inside the park, and recycling helps us to use it as efficiently as possible. more...

Did You Know?

Fur trading at Johnson's Ranch

Border trading posts were located on the Texas side of the Rio Grande because it was easier to obtain supplies from the United States markets. These operators not only sold merchandise but purchased products from their customers who could, in turn, purchase store items as needed. More...