Automated Curbside Recycling

WASTE MATERIALS including recyclables, garbage, and refuse will be collected from 1 & 2 family dwellings on City streets once a week at the curb. Refuse/recycling collection is on a four day collection schedule. See the Four Day Refuse & Recycling Collection Map for your collection day.

Be sure to watch the local media for special item collection and for any changes in the pickup schedule that may occur due to holidays or inclement weather.

Click here for the Holiday & Special Collection Calendar.



  • Flattened Corrugated Cardboard Boxes
  • Boxboard & Paper Cartons (cereal & other dry food boxes, paper bags, paper egg cartons)
  • Remove all packing materials.


  •  Milk & Ice Cream Containers
  •  Juice & Broth Boxes
  • PAPER Egg Cartons
  • Frozen food boxes, cereal, paperboard containers


  • Clean, dry newspaper (do NOT bundle)
  • Magazines & Catalogs
  • Paperback Books
  • Phone Books
  • Office Paper
  • Junk Mail

NO shredded paper!  Shredded paper may be taken to the BG Recycling Center’s 24 Hour Drop Off, but should not be recycled in your curbside bins!

MIXED PLASTICS (#1, 2, 4, 5, & 7):

  •  Look on bottom of containers for a number inside the recycling arrows.
  • CAPS ON!  Empty, flatten and put lids back on.
  • Plastic Bottles & Jars
    • Examples: Milk Jugs, Detergent & Shampoo Bottles, Plastic Pop/Water Bottles, Plastic Jars
  • Plastic Containers with Lids
    • Examples: Yogurt Containers, Butter Tubs, Cottage Cheese Containers

NO Plastic Bags, “To Go” Containers, Deli Containers, Plastic Toys, Styrofoam, Bulky Plastics (Crates, Buckets, Pipes, etc.), Plastic “Thermoform” Packaging!


  • Bottles & Jars ONLY!  All colors.
  • NO window glass, ceramics, dishes, or mirrors.


  • Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Steel Cans
  • Please rinse and flatten to save space.

NO aluminum foil/trays or scrap metal!  These items may be recycled at the BG Recycling Center’s 24 Hour Drop Off location.




Should I bag my recyclables like I do my garbage?

NO! Recyclables should be kept loose in your curbside bin. Bagging them is not helpful and may result in your material not being recycled. You may also be subject to a violation. Plastic bags can damage the sort line equipment causing expensive repairs and downtime.

Do I need to bag my newspapers?

No, just place them in the container loosely. Be sure to keep the lid closed to keep the newspaper dry.

When I move from this address, what should I do with the container?

Leave it at the present address for the new occupant to use.

Am I allowed to use a different container other than the city issued container for recycling?

No, you must use only a city issued container so that the collection trucks can properly lift the container.

What should I do with old paint?

Latex paint must be dried up before collection. You can either mix it with kitty litter until solidified or you can brush residual out on a plywood board.

Environmental Recycling, located at 527 E. Woodland Circle, Bowling Green, will accept latex and non-latex, old and new paint for proper disposal. This business charges a fee for disposal, so you may want to call first for rates. The contact number is 800-284-9107.

What should I do with wet newspaper?

Place it in the refuse container.

What should I do with shredded office paper?

Do not place it in your blue recycling container. It is still accepted at the 24 hour drop-off at the Recycling Center. Paper that is not shredded should be placed in the blue container.

What should I do with my pizza boxes?

Remove all food items and recycle the box only.  Boxes that are covered in grease, cheese, other food items should be thrown away as they can contaminate the other recyclable materials.

Can I recycle the milk or juice half gallon carton containers?


What should I do with aluminum foil and aluminum pie pans?

Do not place them in your blue recycling container. They are still accepted at the 24 hour drop-off at the Recycling Center.

What should I do with plastic grocery bags?

Do not place them in your blue recycling container. Please return them to your local grocery store to be recycled.

I have a blue container but I do not wish to participate in the program. What should I do with the container?

Please keep the blue container at the property even if you choose not to recycle.