Earth Day Recycling Do’s and Don’ts

Our customers are great at recycling, but there are still people who don’t recycle or are confused about how and what can be placed in their recycling barrel. With Earth Day this weekend, we thought we’d share some tips to help you (and the planet!) out.

What is Recyclable?

You can recycle water, soda and juice bottles. Empty the containers and give them a good rinse. Milk and juice jugs, ketchup and salad dressing bottles, and even yogurt and pudding cups can all be recycled.

Most paper is recyclable, including mail, office and school papers, magazines, catalogs, newspapers, and phone books. Cardboard and paper packaging can also be recycled, just please break down boxes.

Glass bottles, jars, and metal food and beverage cans are all recyclable. You don’t have to remove labels – just remove the lids and rinse them out. Remember – don’t crush cans before recycling.

What Can’t be Recycled in Your Curbside Bin?

Some items can’t be recycled at home, but other programs accept them. Plastic bags are recyclable, but not in your home bins since they can get tangled in the machinery at recycling facilities. They can be recycled at many retail and grocery stores, usually up front near the checkouts.

The following paper items should also be kept out of your curbside bins: paper plates and cups, paper soiled with food, napkins, and gift-wrap.

Glass items, like drinking glasses, ceramic dishes, vases, windows, and mirrors can’t be recycled. Try to reuse or donate these things to keep them out of the waste stream.

Alternatives for Hazardous Waste

Many items in your home are considered household hazardous waste. They can’t be placed in your home recycling or garbage bin and should be disposed of at other locations.

Some examples are paint and electronics. You may place dried out paint (lid off, completely dry) in your trash, but wet paint cannot be put in your trash.

Electronics cannot be disposed of in your curbside bins, but many retailers (like Best Buy or Staples) will take your electronics for recycling.

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Your recyclables should not put out in a tied plastic bag.  Leaving our recyclables loose is the best method but, if they must be in a bag, please leave the bag open so recyclables will easily fall out at the recycling facility.

Have other items you need to dispose of but can’t put them out for Mr. Trashman? Check your town’s website to see if/when they will be holding a Household Hazard Waste Collection Day in your area

Tips for Winter Trash & Recycling

Trash and recycling collection is a reality even through the cold winter months. Here are some tips for making the process as painless as possible and minimizing your time out in the cold:

  • Keep Water & Ice Out: Water can pool in tiny crevices within your barrels, and then expand upon freezing, causing cracks and ruptures in the plastic. Water can also attract animals, promoting widespread rotting that makes for a more frustrating (and smelly) trash pickup when the time comes.
  • Secure Against Animals: As the temperatures drop and wild food sources become scarce, hungry animals will often take to scavenging at trash collection spots. It’s not only a mess; it’s a potential safety hazard. Make sure the lids are firmly closed on all barrels to keep wildlife out.
  • Get our Premium, Hands-Off Garage Collection: While we can’t make the need go away, we can make your life a little easier by offering our premium, hands-off service where we pick up your barrels from your garage so you don’t have to drag them to the curb in the cold and snow! Click here to learn more.

Proper Barrel Placement in Snow

Help Mr. Trashman with efficient trash and recycling collection when there’s snow on the ground by following these guidelines:

  • Please have your barrels out by 7:00 am and be sure to properly space them away from snow banks, cars, utility poles, mailboxes, or other obstacles.
  • Try to place barrels at the end of the driveway or as close to the curb as possible, but not in the street.
  • Make sure trash and recycling bins are clearly visible to the driver and are not hidden behind snow banks, trees, bushes, or cars.
  • Please do not place barrels on top of snow banks.
  • Please bring empty barrels in as soon as possible to allow plow trucks complete access to roadways.
  • By following these basic guidelines, you can help ensure proper collection of your recycling and trash this winter season. Thanks for your help!
  • Remember, trash trucks do not operate well on snow and ice. Private roads and driveways must be cleared of snow and ice, especially on hills, so we can access the area. Our drivers will not attempt to access areas that aren’t clear and accessible.
  • Don’t feel like dragging those barrels to the curb? Learn about our premium, hands-off service where we pick up your barrels from your garage and return them for you.

Please do this

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Space cleared and free of snow at end of driveway for barrels.

 

Not this

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Barrels placed behind snow bank.