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Recycling Collection Guidelines
Recyclable Items
To find out which items are acceptable, view a list of recyclable items.

General Provisions

Please follow these container guidelines:
  • You may set out a limitless amount of recycling containers for collection.
  • Stickers are not required on recycling containers.
  • Please write your address on your recycling containers to help in the recovery if lost or stolen.
  • Recycling containers should be left for the new homeowner in the event that you should move.

Preparation of Materials
Please follow these guidelines when preparing recyclable materials:
  • Non-paper materials may be commingled inside your blue recycling container.
  • Do not place recyclable materials in plastic grocery bags.
  • All recyclable materials should be rinsed free of food with caps and lids removed.
  • Paper items do not need to be separated from non-paper items.
  • Flatten all corrugated cardboard boxes, paperboard, and wet strength carrier stock, and remove any non-paper packing material.
  • Cut or fold corrugated cardboard into 3' x 3' pieces, to fit into truck compartments. Bundle or bag corrugated cardboard, paperboard, and wet strength carrier stock.

Replacement recycling containers are available at City Hall. Otherwise, you may use 18 - 20 gallon round containers available at local retailers as long as they are clearly marked "recyclables". 

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