Starting July 1, 2014, residents on City-maintained streets can begin using the recently distributed wheeled recycling carts. The bi-weekly initiative kicks off this week with collection in Zone A neighborhoods, and Zone B neighborhoods the following week. Recycling days will continue to coincide with the current trash collection days.
Standing by the Green City vision, even if residents choose not to participate in the new recycling program, refuse collected by the City’s low-cost trash program will be sorted for recyclable items. However, the City is grateful for customers’ continued diligence in separating recyclables from trash. Since single-stream recycling requires that recyclables are not contaminated by food and garbage, separation prior to collection ensures a higher ratio of recycled materials to landfill waste. For more information, please visit the EPA resources linked on the website.
City residents will now be able to recycle most types of plastics, #1-#7 as well as paper, glass, and aluminum products. Exceptions to acceptable items include plastic bags and small caps and lids. These items tend to create litter on the streets and interfere with the machines in the processing facility. Questions about recyclable items can be directed to County Waste at 434-296-6000.
Residents are encouraged to try the 95-gallon cart for a few weeks before requesting a smaller size. Those who wish to opt out of the standard size may do so by phone or website. If residents have physical limitations, the red and green 18-gallon City bins may be used during the transition period, until adjustments are made. Thank you for recycling!
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