Based on a recent Waste Characterization study, nearly 80 percent of the residential waste stream can be recycled, composted or reused. Residents can help keep the city's landfill viable for years to come by recycling materials instead of depositing them in the trash.
Residents are reminded to put all recyclable material in a transparent blue bag to be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on their weekly collection day. Blue bags may be purchased at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., for $15 per roll (includes sales tax).
Recycling bags placed at the curb must weigh less than 50 pounds and must be tied. Cardboard boxes that cannot fit in the blue bag should be flattened and placed under the bag.
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What can be recycled?
Aluminum and steel food cans
Corrugated cardboard (broken down and put inside the blue bag or placed underneath)
Glass bottles and jars
Junk mail (direct mail)
Mixed office paper
Paperboard boxes (cereal, macaroni, etc.)
Plastic containers numbers 1-3 and 5-7
Bottles that have contained pesticides, motor oil or other hazardous materials
Plastics number 4 which includes items such as plastic grocery, produce and frozen food bags. Items can be returned to most grocery stores and placed in a container usually located near the entrance.
Plate glass, auto glass, ceramics, etc.
Styrofoam or packing peanuts
For more information on recycling collection days, contact Solid Waste Services at (972) 721-8059.