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RECYCLING
FAQ's

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will I get my recycle cart?  
We will contact you with a date of drop-off once the service is established and paid for.
What time should garbage and recycling containers be out for pickup?  
All containers should be out by 7:00 AM.
Will my recycled trash be picked up the same day as my regular trash is picked up? 
Trash and recycle cans are picked up on the same day, but not at the same time on a weekly basis.

TOP TIPS FOR RECYCLING

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CARDBOARD

  • YES Corrugated Cardboard (Packing boxes)

  • YES Cereal and food boxes (Remove plastic food bags)

  • YES Cartons (milk/juice/broth rinsed well)

  • NO wet or soiled cardboard

  • NO Frozen Food Containers! Cardboard containers for frozen food have a blend of materials to keep freezer burn away and are not recyclable!

  • NO greasy or wet paper (pizza boxes, food bags)

PAPER

  • YES Newspaper

  • YES Magazines/Mailers

  • YES Loose-leaf paper

  • YES Printer paper

  • YES Paperback books

  • YES Paper egg cartons

  • NO plastic coated paper

  • NO wrapping paper

  • NO gift bags

  • NOHardcover books

  • NO Shredded Paper

  • NO Paper plates/towels/napkins

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ALUMINUM

  • YESCanned food (Rinse)

  • YESAluminum drink cans (Rinse)

  • YESPet food cans (Rinse)

  • YESClean pie/baking pans 

  • YESAluminum foil without food debris

  • Rinse EVERYTHING! YES! Even your empty drink cans! There should be as little food and drink debris as possible.

GLASS

  • YESAll colors of glass are accepted

  • YESRemove any lids/stoppers from bottles and jars

  • NO loose broken glass!

  • NO Window glass or mirrors

PLASTICS

  • YESPlastics #1-7 (the number inside of the chasing arrows symbol for recycle)

  • YESRinse all drink and food from plastics

  • YESThrow away or up-cycle plastic bottle caps. The small ring from the seal on cap is okay! Don't worry about removing it!

  • YESCleaned out uncrushed milk jugs, drink bottles,detergent bottles

  • NO  automotive or chemical containers!

  • NO lids (these are a harder plastic and not recyclable)

  • NO  to-go containers

  • NO PLASTIC BAGS/GARBAGE BAGS/GROCERY BAGS!

Items NOT Recyclable

We recieve a lot of items in our bins that are absolutely NOT recyclable. Below is a list of items we find frequently that are Not accepted.

MANY ITEMS SAY RECYCLABLE, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN OUR MUNICIPALITY ACCEPTS THEM!!!

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STYROFOAM

Styrofoam of any kind is not accepted. This includes shipping items and takeout containers. 

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PLASTIC BAGS

All items should be placed in the bin loose. Under no circumstances should mixed material be placed in a bag.

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ORGANIC MATERIAL

Organic material is not accepted in any form. This means no food residue, yard waste, dog poo, used plastic flower pots, diapers, or anything else that has food, grease, composting materials.

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TAKEOUT

No organic material is accepted, which includes soiled/greasy takeout containers. Milk and juice jugs must be rinsed thoroughly. Yes this includes PIZZA BOXES and fried chicken buckets!

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SHIPPING PLASTIC/FOAM

Bubble bags, cool packs, air pillows, shipping peanuts, bubble wrap...many of these may say recycle, but are not accepted in Colorado Springs.

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Toys/Household Items

Toys and household items are not considered recyclable. Yes they may be plastic, but unless they have the #1-7 Recycle symbol on them they are better off being donated or thrown away. No electronics of any kind, metal scraps, film, batteries, garden hoses, light bulbs, or pesticide/automotive chemical containers.

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