The City of Austin has expanded its recycling program to include many more hard plastics such as laundry baskets, pet carriers, dish drainers and trash cans. These plastics can be manufactured into things like ice scrapers, rakes, battery cables, plastic lumber, fencing and more. All items must fit into the blue trash can with the lid closed. Any metal parts should be removed and all items should be rinsed before recycling. Only hard plastics are accepted; plastic foam, plastic bags, and plastic wrap are still not allowed.