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.

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.

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.

What should I do with wet newspaper?

Place it in the refuse container.

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?

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 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 new blue container.

What should I do with my pizza boxes?

Remove all food items and recycle the box only.  If the box is covered in cheese, grease, and other food items, please throw it away with your garbage so it does not contaminate the other recyclable material.

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

Yes.

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.