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Curbside Recycling

By recycling you are helping to save energy, reduce water pollution, reduce water consumption, preserve natural resources and create jobs.

Collection Calendar

Your recycling is collected every other week on garbage day. Customers may set out up to 64 gallons worth of extra recycling that does not fit in their recycling container at no charge. Put recycling that doesn't fit in your cart in old recycling bin or cardboard boxes (limit 3'x3'x3').

Collection Rates


Recycling is provided at no extra cost with your basic garbage service. Recycling and preventing waste can sometimes reduce garbage enough for residents to order a smaller garbage container for a lower rate.

Recycling Tips


  • Empty clean recyclables out of bags and boxes and put them loose in your cart so that they can be easily identified and sorted at the recycling center. Clean paper bags and cardboard boxes are recyclable. Just put them in your cart after you empty them. Recyclables in plastic bags may be mistaken for garbage at the sorting center.

  • NO plastic bags in recycling. (Reuse or recycle at grocery stores) - Plastic bags get caught in conveyor belts at the recycling center.

  • NO shredded paper in recycling. Because of its size, shredded paper is difficult to sort from other recyclables.

  • Empty, clean, and loose. These three words can greatly improve the quality of recyclables placed in your cart. You can do this by rinsing out recyclables and placing empty containers directly in your cart loose, not in a plastic bag. Learn more about how you can Recycle Right - Click here.
Extra Recycling

  • Customers may set out up to 64 gallons worth of extra recycling that does not fit in their recycling container at no charge.

  • Put extra recycling in cardboard boxes (limit 3'x3'x3'), or a 32-gallon can with handles marked "recycling".

  • Please don't leave any extra recyclables in cardboard boxes out in the rain. Place next to your cart on the morning of your collection day.

    Extra Recycling
Oops Tag Recycling Contamination

WM use "Recycling Only Oops Tags" to monitor contamination in recycling carts. If a driver spots unaccepted materials in your recycling cart, the cart will be tagged letting you know how to properly dispose of those items. If contamination is found after three warnings, a recycling contamination charge may apply.

Our increased efforts in recycling right and reducing contamination is a result of new restrictions by China in the type of materials collected for recycling. We all need to do our part in helping to make recycling sustainable for years to come. To learn more about some of the changes in the recycling industry click here.

For more information, visit: www.wm.com/us/en/recycle-right


WM Blue Recycling Cart


Click here to download - Collection Guidelines



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