Recycling is mandatory in the City of North Port. Our New Recycling Program provides two recycling totes, one for paper products and one for commingled glass, plastic, and cans. Collection between the two totes will rotate each week. One week we’ll collect material from the tote with a blue lid, the next week we’ll collect material from the tote with the tan lid. A collection calendar is posted under your tan lid.
The goal of the new recycling program is to increase recycling rates, driver safety and efficiency. Placing recyclables in a recycling container instead of in the garbage helps Solid Waste avoid paying a disposal tipping fee. It will also significantly improve the safety of our hard working Solid Waste Drivers!
So far, we're seeing great results in our new program. Our January recycling tonnages increased by 13.75% compared to January of 2017.
Reminder: Collection between the two totes will rotate each week. One week we’ll collect material from the tote with a blue lid, the next week we’ll collect material from the tote with the tan lid. A collection calendar is posted under your tan lid.
Tan Lid Tote (Paper Products):
Cardboard – flatten and cut down to fit in tote. If you have large amounts, call Customer Service.
NEW: flattened pizza boxes. Please remove liner and food.
Paper/ Paperboard – newspaper, computer paper, brown paper bags, magazines, catalogs, brochures, mail and telephone books. Shredded paper can be recycled if placed in a paper container such as a paper bag or small cardboard box. Cereal, cracker and other food boxes (remove liners), soda cartons, shoe boxes, tissue containers, paper towel rolls and gift boxes.
Blue Lid Tote (Commingle):
Glass – rinsed food and beverage containers.
Plastics – rinsed #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7, (#6 not acceptable).
Cans - rinsed out steel, tin and aluminum. Empty aerosol cans, drink boxes and milk/juice cartons.
NEW: aluminum foil trays. Please remove food.
Items NOT accepted include: Styrofoam, #6 plastics, plastic bags, plastic toys, dishes, un-numbered plastics, window glass, glassware, empty chemical containers, plastic film, ceramics, mirrors.
Other Recyclable items include:
Motor Oil - pour in a one gallon or less size container that has a screw-top lid, write "used motor oil" on the container and place next to your recycling tote.
Batteries - automotive, marine and farm grade batteries are recyclable. Place them next to your recycling tote. *Single Use non-rechargeable AA or AAA batteries can be placed in the garbage.
Rechargeable Batteries - can be placed in a plastic bag next to your recycling tote.
Cell Phones - can be recycled along with your rechargeable batteries. Remember to terminate your service and erase your personal data. If your phone has a SIM card, remove it.
Do Not Recycle:
The following items are NOT recyclable and should not be placed in your recycling tote:
- Plastic bags and film - Please take plastic bags back to the supermarket. They will recycle them. Do not place overflow recyclable items in plastic bags - use paper bags or cardboard boxes instead.
- Un-numbered plastics, or #6 plastics - look for the triangle, usually found on the bottom of the item. The number inside the triangle should read 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7. Any other number (or no number at all) is not acceptable. Remember: If in doubt, throw it out.
- Styrofoam - most Styrofoam is #6 and not recyclable. Take Styrofoam trays and egg cartons to the supermarket. Many of the local pack and ship companies will take Styrofoam packing peanuts. Please remember that Styrofoam is typically very light. To prevent Styrofoam from spilling out, place it in a bag and seal it before placing it in your garbage.
- Window glass, ceramic glass or mirrors. Household glassware can be placed with your regular household garbage.
- Plastic toys and microwaveable containers
- Empty pesticide, herbicide, auto fluids and paint containers
- Single Use Batteries can be placed in your garbage
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