Watch Our Newest Recycling Spot
The slogan “Only recyclables go in the recycling cart” takes on a new, humorous meaning in a short “silent movie” produced by the city’s Marketing team.
In it a man repeatedly tries to put into a recycling cart his leftover styrofoam clamshell food container -- only to have the cart spit it back out each time. Amidst his efforts, other folks have no trouble with the cart when they put cans and newspapers and other recyclables in the cart.
In the video, a youngster finally points out that styrofoam cannot be recycled and the man realizes what he was doing wrong. Unfortunately, in real life our recycling carts don’t reject non-recyclables, and contamination continues to be a major issue in our recycling stream. So please, remember: “Only recyclables go in the recycling cart.” Watch the "Wrong Cart!" video.
Watch Out for Our People
Did you know that sanitation workers have one of the most hazardous jobs in the nation? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobs performed by sanitation workers rank in danger with those of pilots, fishermen and loggers. In 2013, nationwide, refuse and recyclable material collectors had a rate of 33 fatalities per 100,000 workers, compared to a fatality rate with just 3.2 for all workers.
When you see that garbage truck, recycling truck, or brush-collection vehicle up ahead on the road, remember to slow down. Don’t assume that the crew members can hear your car or see you approaching. The noise of the truck and the compactor may drown out everything else. Our crews are trained -- and regularly reminded -- to take precautions. But they need drivers to look out for them, too!
So, please: don’t speed past that sanitation vehicle. Slow down, and be sure to leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle.
Do You Have a Yard-Waste Cart?
Remember, you cannot put grass clippings and other yard waste in the garbage. Compost your yard waste on site or take advantage of the Sanitation Division’s yard cart program. For a low annual fee, the city will come by every week and empty your yard cart.
This is a year-round service. Use it for grass in the summer, and leaves in the fall and winter. Yard carts can also be used to dispose of small branches, shrubbery clippings and garden residue. Yard carts cannot be used for stumps, rocks, dirt, large branches, construction material, animal waste, bags, boxes or garbage. You may not use your garbage or recycling cart as a yard-waste cart.
Place your cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your yard-waste cart collection day. Please remember to remove the cart from the curb by midnight of your collection day.
Only 96-gallon carts that are compatible with city's automated collection vehicles may be used. Yard carts with hinged lids that prevent litter, odor, and insect problems can be ordered through the city for $65 by calling CityLink at 311 or 727-8000, or by ordering online.
Online information and order form for yard-waste carts.
Help Keep Plastic Bags out of the Landfill!
Did you know that it can take 500 years or more for a plastic bag to decompose in a landfill? We’re talking about the flimsy bags that you get at the grocery store or that your newspaper is delivered in.
Plastic bags can’t be recycled in your rollout recycling cart because they gum up the automated equipment in the recycling processing plant. But most grocery stores have receptacles out front for recycling plastic bags. The stores send them to a company that turns plastic bags into composite lumber for decks and park benches. And that’s a whole lot better that letting them sit for half a millennium in a landfill.
Here’s a little video that tell you more about it.