2021 Residential and Commercial
Trash Rates and Franchise Agreements
#1. Keep plastic bags (and plastic wrap/film) out of your recycling bin. This includes bags used to collect recyclables at home or at work.
Plastic bags wrap around recycling equipment during the sorting process, causing equipment to jam and sometimes break altogether. Also bottles and cans can get lodged in plastic bags and will end up being landfilled instead. Bag ripping equipment does not exist at all recycling facilities, so there is no guarantee that a bag of recyclables will be recycled. If you insist on using a bag, simply empty it into the recycling bin picked up by your waste hauler and reuse the bag or toss it in the trash. Best yet is to recycle plastic bags at your local grocery store, Target, or Kohls in their drop boxes for plastic bags. For a list of what plastic bags are recyclable in the disposal bins at stores, see our blog called "Bag it -- Or Not!". Just click on the archived news to search for it.
#2. Rinse any food-contaminated containers.
Empty any fluids or contents from bottles and containers and rinse before placing in recycling bin.
#3. Keep non-recyclables out of your recycling bin.
Just include paper, cardboard, cartons, hard plastics (if in doubt, look for the recycling symbol #1 – 7), metal, glass (bottles and containers only).
- No plastic bags, film plastic, cling wrap, bubble wrap, or shipping wrap
- No Styrofoam (polystyrene)
- No food waste or food soiled wrappers, containers, or napkins in recycling bin
- No hazardous waste such as paint, automotive fluids, batteries, poisons, chemicals (for proper disposal click here)
- No electronic waste or “e-waste” (computers, TVs, cell phones, gaming consoles, etc.)
- No yard, landscape or construction or demolition waste
- No medical waste, sharps/needles, or medications/pharmaceuticals
- No human or pet waste, diapers, or personal hygiene products
Remember – although machinery is used to help with sorting in recycling facilities, much of the work is still done manually. So, do those folks a favor and keep your family’s medical waste, needles, poisons and diapers out. They can be dangerous, and we know you don’t want to put the workers’ health at risk. In addition, placing medical waste, medications and needles in waste bins also puts wildlife at risk.