WHY RECYCLING IS IMPORTANT
Our community, like thousands of others across America, is running out of sanitary landfill space. On a national and global scale, society as a whole is consuming valuable natural resources, some of which are non-renewable.
Our recycling program gives each of us a way to conserve landfill space by reducing the volume of waste that is buried in the ground. It also helps us ease the burden on our natural resources by recycling old materials, such as paper, into new products. And by recycling, we save energy and extend the life of our coal, oil, and natural gas reserves.
In a typical community, each family generates about 60 pounds of recoverable newspaper, cardboard, glass, plastic, tin and aluminum every month. Subtract that bulk volume from our local landfill, and it's easy to see that participation - by you and your neighbors - in this program can make a real difference.
Every can or bottle that you recycle is part of a long-range step toward easing the waste crisis we hear about in the news. Your participation in this recycling effort is the cornerstone of a movement that starts here, at home, but that will have a positive, worldwide impact as more and more people make the decision to recycle.
WHAT TO RECYCLE?
Sweet Home Sanitation offers a single-stream curbside recycling program. “Tan Cans”, our 90-gallon recycling carts are offered free with residential garbage service.
- Carts will be picked up every other week on the same day as garbage service.
- All recyclables go in the Tan Can together. Please make sure all containers have been cleaned and are free of food or residue.
- Plastic Dairy Tubs (such as butter, cottage cheese, and yogurt)
- Plastic Jugs (such as milk, detergent and fabric softener)
- Plastic jars (such as peanut butter containers)
- Plastic bottles (such as water, soda and shampoo bottles)
- Paper: box boards, cereal boxes, soda boxes, newspaper, office paper, junk mail, corrugated cardboard, magazines and catalogs, telephone books, ½ gallon or larger milk cartons and juice boxes, shredded paper (place in paper bag) and gift wrap.
- Aluminum and Metal: food cans (with labels), soda cans, tin cans, clean aluminum foil, pots and pans. Crushing aluminum cans will help to conserve space in your bin.
- No plastic bags or styrofoam cups, egg cartons or take-out containers.
Recycling service is now fully automated. Please make sure your cart is at the curb and is no farther than five feet from the curb. The front of the cart must face the street. Also keep in mind that the cart will need to be 4ft. from mailboxes, recycle bins and garbage cans and 10ft. from automobiles, recreational vehicles and basketball hoops.
WHAT TO DO WITH GLASS?
Glass containers are still picked up during your recycling week. All glass must be used in the Yellow or Grey bin – NOT the Tan Can! Glass containers are serviced with the garbage truck, not the recycling truck. Recycle all GLASS BOTTLES and JARS. Rinse containers and REMOVE LIDS and NECKRINGS. Paper labels don't need to be removed. Please NO used pesticide or herbicide containers, window glass, lightbulbs, mirrors, ceramics or drinking glasses.
RECYCLING PLASTIC NOT INCLUDED IN CURBSIDE RECYCLING:
Just because curbside recycling doesn't take every possible kind of plastic doesn't mean you have to toss it in your trash can. Plastic produce bags, dry cleaner plastic, newspaper bags, and the plastic wrap that surrounds paper towels and toilet paper are recyclable along with plastic grocery bags (are you still using those?) at Safeway, local schools and Wal-Mart.
Tires are not collected at the curb. Tires can be taken to the Transfer Station and disposed of there for a nominal fee.
Many everyday household products can be dangerous. Call us to find out how to safely dispose of household hazardous waste. We can also mail you our free “What is Household Hazardous Waste?” brochure. Common household waste includes:
* Antifreeze * Pesticides * Weed Killers & Herbicides
* Fuels * Pool Chemicals * Solvents
* Spot Remover * Turpentine * Mercury
* Rose Dust * Wood Preservatives * Rust Remover
* Degreasers * Engine Cleaners * Slug Bait
* Furniture Stripper * Fluorescent Lights *Glues & Expoxy
Pouring it on the ground can harm our streams, lakes or ground water; pouring it down the sink can be harmful and difficult to treat at the water treatment facility. It is best to use it up or wait for a special Hazardous Waste Collection Drive. Watch for announcements.
The lead, mercury and many other elements in computers and other electronics, are very hazardous to our waterways and environment when disposed of improperly. When you buy electronics, be sure to check with the store to see if they have a "Take Back" or recycling program for their customers. If they do not have one, you can bring TV's, computers and monitors to the Sweet Home Sanitation Transfer Station for free. A nominal fee may apply for other electronics. No curbside service.
For safety reasons, residents who dispose of products used in Home Health Care need to take special care for everyone involved, including our employees. It is always better to use a professional disposal system, so if you currently have a doctor or home health care provider that accepts your needles, bandages, IV bags, etc., please continue to use this means of disposal.
If you do not have access to this, please place needles/bandages, or any other type of contaminated medical materials, in a Sharps container. Sweet Home Sanitation does have Sharps containers available at the office. A nominal fee does apply.
Do not place in the garbage - please return Sharps containers to the Sweet Home Sanitation office.