Please place your empty, clean, and dry recyclables loose in your recycling cart.
Please note: depending upon how new your recycling cart is, the sticker on the top may not have current recycling information. The global recycling market is always changing.
For the most complete Republic Services recycling information, please visit the company's "Recycling Simplified" website.
Remember: when in doubt, throw it out!
Be sure your cart is at the curb by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. City Ordinance allows for trash and recycling to be placed curbside at 7 p.m. the day before pick-up. Recycling Carts must be removed within 24 hours after service. Other than approved collection times, garbage and recycling containers must be located behind fences, walls, shrubbery or vegetation to be screened from public view.
Common Recyclable Items:
- Flattened cardboard
- Clean Metal Food Cans
- Mail, mixed paper, magazines, catalogs, and phone books
- Newspapers and inserts
- Plastic bottles (necks smaller than base), cups, jugs, and tubs
- Shredded Paper (as long as it is in a paper bag)
Common Non-Recyclable Items:
- Plastic bags and wrappers
- Yard waste
- Greasy pizza boxes
- Containers with food stuck to them
- Polystyrene (Styrofoam), including packing peanuts
- Soiled Paper
- Clothing and Shoes
- Electronics and batteries
- Construction waste
- Car tires
- Medical waste
- Scrap metal
- Bubble wrap
- Tissue paper
If your recycling cart needs replacing, please call Republic Services Customer Resource Center at 877-299-1020 between 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
The Poke Test
One of the easiest ways to determine whether plastic belongs in the recycling container or trash can is by using something called the “Poke Test.” If you can push your finger through it, then the plastic is too soft to be recycled. Flimsy plastic gets tangled in the sorting machinery, causing expensive damage and extensive delays. So, even if the item has a recycling symbol on it as if it's recyclable, it cannot be recycled by Republic Services.
Rule of Thumb
Things that are smaller than a credit card – like coffee pods and loose lids – in the trash. If the item is smaller than a credit card, it is too small to go through the sorting equipment, and can get jammed in the machinery and shut down operations for extensive periods of time.
Keep your Recyclables Dry
Paper and cardboard can’t be recycled if they’re wet. Help minimize the amount of paper and cardboard that winds up in landfills by keeping your recyclables dry. A good rule to follow is not to allow more than one teaspoon of liquid to collect in your recyclables. You can do this by emptying all containers before you recycle them, shaking off any water after you rinse them, and keeping the lid tightly closed on your outside container when it rains.
Much like wet materials, soiled materials can’t be recycled either. So it’s also important that recycled items are kept free from food and other waste. Something as seemingly harmless as ketchup left inside the bottle can actually contaminate an entire truckload. That means none of it gets recycled, and it all goes into a landfill!
Don't Mix it Up
Many products are made out of a combination of materials. In order for the recycling process to work effectively and affordably, items need to be separated at home so they can be properly sorted at the facility.
This means if a product contains two recyclable materials, like a paper label inside of a plastic container, remove the label and then recycle both items individually. Similarly, if the mixed material items have only one recyclable material, like a window envelope, you’ll need to separate the plastic portion and throw it away before recycling the paper.