Curbside Recycling 101: A Guide

Most residential property owners do prefer to recycle what they can, but if you are like most, you simply don't have time for trips to the recycling center on a weekly basis to drop off the items you collect through the week. For this reason, a lot of recyclables just end up in the garbage and hauled out to the curb with the rest of the trash. Thankfully, many recycling companies have begun to realize this fact and are now working harder than ever to make recycling easy with curbside recycling pickup. If you have signed up for this service, you are bound to have a few questions. Take a look at these common questions about curbside recycling and the answers you will want to know. 

How often will the recyclables be picked up?

This will depend on the particular recycling service you are dealing with in your area. Some waste management companies have recycling programs and pick up recyclables on the same day as your trash on a weekly basis. Some companies will pick up your recyclables biweekly or even once a month.  

Will the recycling company provide you with a container for your items?

The recycling company will can provide you with separate containers for things like aluminum, paper, and plastic. In some places, the recycling company allows customers to place all recyclable materials in one container to be picked up curbside and the material gets sorted after it is picked up and taken to a local facility. In these situations, the recycling company usually provides one quite large container designed to hold a large amount of material. Everything from aluminum cans and plastic bottles to newspapers and cardboard boxes can be placed inside together in the same container.

Should you bag the recyclables before placing them in the receptacles?

Most recycling companies ask that you do not bag the recyclable materials before they are placed in the receptacle. This is due to the fact that the bag is just another waste product that will have to be removed down the line. Because you will not be using bags or liners in your recyclables receptacle, it is always a good idea to rinse out cans, bottles, and any other material that could have residue still inside. This will keep your container clean without you having to clean it out after every pickup. 

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