Trash & Recycling Pickup
Trash carts are identified by their black lids. Only items that go in the landfill should be placed in the cart. All trash should be bagged before placing in the cart, and the lid must be closed for collection. Sharp metal or broken glass should be secured in hard containers.
Construction/demolition materials; hazardous, infectious or toxic wastes; and oversized items (such as bulk items or white goods/appliances) cannot be disposed of in the cart. For items that are not accepted for collection in the trash carts, please see the page on bulk item pickup or the page on the At Your Door HHW and E-Waste Special Collection. For all other non-accepted materials, email Waste Management or call 1-800-866-4460.
If you have a small amount of overflow trash that will not fit in the cart, you still are able to get rid of it. Three plastic trash bags, three smaller bulk items, or a combination of both placed curbside (outside of the trash cart) shall be collected at no additional charge. Residents MUST contact Waste Management 48 hours in advance of their weekly pickup date for this service. Residents can do this for two consecutive weeks. If this type of overflow occurs for a third consecutive week, then you will be billed for a bulk item charge. For more information on this, visit the overflow/bulk pickup page.
The recycling carts are distinguished by their blue lids. There is no need to separate recyclable materials; all eligible items may be placed together in the cart. They will be sorted at the Greenstar Recycling Center on Neville Island.
Residential Recycling Requirements
All single and two-family residences in the Town are required to separate recyclable materials from general refuse for weekly curbside pickup. The Town's contracted hauler, Waste Management has provided you with a recycling cart. If your home is a new construction, you will receive your cart at no charge when you contact them to establish your account.
Please make sure that plastic and metal containers are clean and that all lids have been removed before they are placed in the recycling bin. Corrugated cardboard should be cut or torn to fit into the recycling bin.
Apartment buildings and residences with more than two dwelling units are required to provide a separate, clearly marked receptacle for recyclable materials, and to either contract with a licensed hauler to remove these recyclables on a regular basis or utilize the automated system described above.
Included in the Town's Residential Program:
- Plastic: Plastic containers #1 and #2 (refer to triangular symbol on container), laundry soap and bleach containers, baby wipe containers, and food containers, including yogurt, cottage cheese, margarine tubs, and the like
- Metal: Food cans, beer and soft drink cans
- Paper: Corrugated and pressed cardboard; paperboard boxes, such as cereal boxes, tissue boxes, and shoe boxes; waxed paperboard cartons, such as milk cartons and juice boxes; office paper and computer paper; magazines, newspapers, ad inserts; junk mail, including envelopes; catalogs, phone books, paperback books, hardback books with binding removed; some take-out food containers; paper bags
- Metal: Loose can lids, clothes hangers, scrap metal, screws, nails, cans containing food, aluminum foil, pie pans, aerosol cans
- Plastic: Plastics #3 through #7 (refer to the triangular symbol), styrofoam peanuts, blocks, plastic plant pots, foam plastic egg cartons, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, plastic bags (many local stores recycle plastic bags)
- Paper: Pizza boxes, waxed paper, take-out food containers
Preparation of Recyclable Items:
- Metal: Rinse all food cans; discard loose lids with garbage; wipe out greasy containers
- Plastic: Empty and rinse all containers; place items loosely in cart
- Paper: Flatten, cut, or tear boxes and cartons; rinse cartons; do not put newspapers and magazines in plastic bags; place shredded paper in a see-through bag; leave staples intact
The Town and its partner in the program, Ohio Township, have published and mailed a Trash, Recycling, and Yard Waste Customer Handbook (PDF) outlining the program's details to all households. Please consult this handbook for more information.