As we continue to launch our recycling program, residents have had some excellent questions about the proper way to recycle. We shared some of the most frequently asked questions with our service provider, Allied Waste, to get the official answers.
Can the plastic bags inside cereal boxes be recycled?
Do large cardboard boxes need to be broken down, even if they'll fit in the cart?
If it fits in the cart, it's fine. You can also just break them down (no larger than 3ft by 3ft) and place them next to the cart, just to save room.
If a plastic is labeled (other than #6), can it be recycled, even though it isn't listed on the flyers and literature?
No, if it is not marked as an acceptable material on the list, do not attempt to recycle it. Examples are amber medicine bottles and some "Fresh Express" produce bags.
With microwaveable dinners, can the plastic trays be recycled and the boxes be recycled?
Yes, as long as the trays are rinsed clean and are not marked with #6. Also, the plastic film over the tray can NOT be recycled.
If I put my recycled materials in a black plastic trash bag, will it be picked up if it's inside the recycling cart or tub?
No - that is the purpose of having recycling carts. All recyclable material needs to be loose when possible.
To keep shredded paper from blowing all over, can it be put in plastic grocery bags or transparent plastic bags so it's obvious it contains paper?
A transparent plastic bag is OK for shredded paper, but bulk grocery bags have to be taken back to the grocery store for recycling.
Do staples have to be removed from catalogs, magazines and stapled papers?
Do I have to remove the plastic insert from tissue boxes?
Do plastic handles on cardboard litter boxes need to be removed?
Do metal spouts have to be removed from dishwashing detergent boxes?
Do pump sprayers have to be removed from spray bottles?
Do aseptic containers such as juice boxes need to be rinsed out?
No, but you might want to just to help keep your container clean.
Do paper labels have to be removed from cans?
Do the plastic caps have to be removed from bottles, jugs and gabled cartons?
Do sticky labels have to be removed from water bottles and milk jugs?
What types of containers are made of #6 plastics?
They generally tend to be styrofoam products, but some plastic cups and carry-out containers from restaurants and stores also fall into the #6 category. The only way to be sure is to check the item for the recycling logo with a number in the center. It's usually found on the bottom of items.