Recycling and Waste Reduction

Separating recycling and food and yard waste from garbage can save money and help protect the environment.

The residential curbside garbage service provided by Republic Services includes recycling (blue cart) as well as organics (gray cart) without additional cost. By diverting recyclables and organics (food and yard waste) from the garbage, a garbage cart can be downsized for a lower rate. Keeping materials out of the landfill whenever possible is a socially responsible practice, helping to conserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gases that drive climate change.

There is no charge for setting out extra recyclable or yard waste items that do not fit into curbside carts.

Set out extra recyclable items in a bin or cardboard box (limit 3’x3’x3’) next to the blue recycling cart. Extra yard trimmings can be put in paper yard bags, 32-gal cans with handles (65 lb limit) and lids that are labeled “Yard,” or in bundles tied with sisal twine (4’x2’ limit); they can be set out next to gray food and yard waste cart. DO NOT bag extra recyclable or food and yard waste items in plastic bags.

The recyclability of a material depends on the quality and market demand for that material.

For this reason, and for easy and safe sorting at the recycling facility, it is important that recycled items are clean and accepted by Republic Services. Once recyclables are picked up and taken to a recycling facility, machines and people sort and bale different materials to be sold and repurposed.

It is best to reuse or take plastic bags to a grocery store that recycles them.

While Republic Services does accept plastic bags and plastic film for recycling, plastic bags cause many problems for recycling facilities because they get caught in sorting machines and have to be cut down, disrupting operations, raising safety issues, and resulting in higher operation costs.


The best option is to eliminate the use of plastic bags and instead, use reusable bags. If plastic bags must be used, please reuse them or take them to a grocery store that recycles them. The last resort is to bundle into one bag, tie it, and recycle it in the blue recycling cart.

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