Residential Trash & Recycling

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blue and green garbage binsWhat Goes Where - Residential Collection Program

The Grey or Blue Bins - Recycling 

The grey or blue bins are for recycling of plastics, glass, paper and metal. Blue bins are now available in 96-gallon size. Switch to the new blue!

Accepted Materials

Newspaper, Cardboard and Mixed Paper

  • Catalogs, magazines with staples, glossy paper, junk mail, computer paper, juice boxes, cardboard tube chip containers, hard and soft covered books, clean fast food wrappers, burger boxes, french fry boxes, pizza and bakery boxes, clean paper plates and cups, and corrugated cardboard as well as thinner cardboard like cereal and cracker boxes are included.  Shredded paper must be placed in paper or recyclable plastic bags, then the bags must be stapled or taped closed and recyclable plastic bags must be tied closed. 

Aluminum, Tin and Metal Cans 

  • Cans from drinks, soup, pet food and vegetables, empty aerosol cans, clean aluminum foil and trays, wire hangers,and dry, empty paint cans. 

Plastic Containers

  • Plastic bottles, bags or containers with a number 1 through 7 in the recycling triangle of arrows. Examples include soda bottles, milk jugs, shampoo bottles, butter tubs, and Styrofoam pieces, (cup size or larger).  

Glass Bottles and Jars

  • Glass bottles and jars of any color can be recycled.  

Do Not Include

  • Liquids, napkins, tissue paper (Kleenex) and anything soiled with food. Photographs, blueprint carbon or NCR paper, small Styrofoam pieces (called popcorn or peanuts), or any bottle, bag or container without a number in the triangle. Glass dishes, light bulbs, mirrors, ceramic cups, drinking glasses, plates, porcelain or window glass, pots or pans, propane or helium tanks, or scrap metal from plumbing or construction materials.

Other curbside recycling tips

  • Please rinse out containers, but be sure all liquids are drained from containers before placing in recycling bins.
  • Labels can be left on the containers. Lids can be recycled in the bin, but please take them off the containers. Flatten cardboard boxes and cut them to fit into the recycling container.

The Green Bin

This container is only for the recycling of green waste or yard trimmings.

Accepted Materials

  • Grass/Leaves
  • Wood Chips
  • Tree Branches
  • Sawdust
  • Garden Trimmings
  • Green Plants/Weeds

Do Not Include

  • Plastic bags - Do not place green waste in plastic bags - put it directly in the container.
  • Metal or nails
  • Branches bigger than 4" (inches) in diameter or 4' (feet) in length
  • Large ice plant clusters and palm fronds/branches
  • Hot ashes, coals or any other hazardous materials
  • Food waste or any kind, animal waste or any other refuse
  • Lumber or construction material of any kind
  • Liquids
  • Flocked trees

Material cannot protrude from the top of the containers more than 2 or 3 feet. Please wash interior of container with water periodically.

The Black Bin

The black bin is for trash.

Accepted Materials

  • General household trash, food waste, soiled food wrappers, plastics without # 1 to 7, incandescent light bulbs, palm fronds or large ice plant clusters.

Do Not Include

  • Dirt, rock, sod, concrete, construction debris, hot ashes, liquids, electronics, hazardous wastes such as oil, gas, paint or batteries
  • For non-hazardous liquids such as cooking or vegetable oil, solidify the liquid by mixing it with an absorbent like kitty litter, Plaster of Paris, sawdust, or even newspapers. Once the liquid is in "solid" form, it can go in the regular trash. Do not pour down drains or sinks as this will damage pipes
  • If you need additional capacity, leave the lid open and place a securely closed additional 30-gallon trash bag on top of your other waste.

Other Information and Related Links

  • Per City Ordinance, recycling and refuse containers must be taken to the curb or collection area no sooner than 12 hours prior to collection, and then removed from the curb or collection area no later than 12 hours after collection.
  • Place containers when full at curb for collection by 7 am the morning of collection day
  • Place containers so that lid openings face the street . Place materials in the containers; materials on the ground will not be collected
  • Leave about 18" of space between the containers
  • Place containers at least 3' away for any obstruction such as a car, lamp post or fence
  • Weight of the container and its contents cannot exceed 200 pounds

Leave your grass clippings on the lawn - it's a good source of nitrogen and acts as a fertilizer. You can also recycle your green waste and food waste at home to create your own compost. Learn more!

Some residents with alley collection will use the shared 300 gallon refuse container for refuse. Please remove the gray and green bins from the alley and store in your own yard until the next collection day.