Since the recent announcement about changes for what recycle material can and can’t be placed in curbside recycle containers, the City has received many questions from residents. The City is putting together educational materials and will be creating a new webpage that clarifies many of the questions residents have. The most frequent questions the City has received is “Why does the list of acceptable recyclable material change?” and “How does curbside recycling work?” The following will answer those two commonly asked questions as well as what can currently be recycled.
Why does the list of acceptable recyclable material change?
The recycling industry depends on the current demand for certain products. What this means is that even though something has the recycling symbol on it, meaning it “can” be recycled, doesn’t mean there is anywhere for it to go.
How does curbside recycling work?
While there are items that are considered “recyclable,” in general, it doesn’t mean it can go into your curbside cans. There are a few reasons for that:
- As mentioned above, when there is no demand for the product, there is nowhere for it to go. If you put that item in the recycling can, it contaminates the recycling stream, which ultimately increases the chance that all of the items in your bin will go to the landfill and increase the cost of garbage and recycling over time.
- Several products are not for curbside recycling because of the nature of the product. The minute paper becomes wet or soiled, it becomes unusable for recycling. It can only be recycled if it stays clean and dry, and is delivered to the appropriate drop-off location. Drop off areas are designated throughout the cities at local elementary schools and we hope to add more at City Hall, Public Works, Libraries, etc. Green Fiber, a local company will collect the clean paper and recycle it into insulation.
- The “Big 3” items that can currently be recycled are bottles with necks (milk jugs, laundry detergent jugs, soda bottles and water bottles), corrugated card board boxes, and cans (aluminum soda and food cans). Items should be rinsed before placing in curbside bin.
What types of items should NO LONGER be placed in the curbside bin?
Newspapers, grocery bags, trash bags, bagged recyclables, junk mail, paper, glossy magazines, yogurt cups, cereal boxes, takeout containers, etc. If it’s not part of the “Big 3” materials listed, they should not go in your recycling bin.
Here is a list of items that are accepted in the paper drop off locations:
- Cereal boxes
- Office paper
- Junk mail
- Brown paper bags
- Construction paper
You can find glass recycling drop off bins at the following locations:
- Main City Park – 10960 S. 1850 W. (west of tennis courts)
- Daybreak, Soda Row – 4600 W. 11240 S.
- Shields Lane Park – 947 W 9850 S