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Recycling
Bi-Weekly Curbside Recycling Collection
Since 2013 the City of Monroe has utilized an automated recycling collection system to provide bi-weekly (every other week) curbside pickup to residential properties. Each residential property is provided a recyclables cart (with three convenient size options: 35 gallon, 65 gallon and 95 gallon) that can be placed at curbside on their collection day for pickup.  There is no cost to residents for having a recycling cart and being provided curbside pickup.  

Any extra recycling that does not fit into the recycling cart can be placed next to the recycling cart in a clear or clear blue bag.    Extra cardboard must be broke down and bundled and placed next to the cart if it does not fit into a bag.  No sticker is required.  Please contact the Streets & Sanitation Dept. at 329-2490 to notify them ahead of time that you will have extra recycling by your cart.  If a resident continuously has extra recycling by their cart, they may be required to get a larger recycling cart or an additional recycling cart.

What can be recycled in the recycling cart?
All cardboard, paper, plastics, glass and tin (recyclable materials) may be combined together and placed in the recycling cart. This includes the following items:

  • Glass (bottles and jars made of clear, green or amber glass), Metals and Plastic
  • Metals All ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including copper, brass, iron, aluminum, magnesium, lead, zinc, or any combination of these. This includes soft-drink cans, tin cans, and aluminum foil.
  • Plastic – All rigid or semi-rigid plastic containers, including 2-3 liter soft-drink bottles, plastic milk jugs, plastic laundry and cleaning product containers, shampoo bottles, and StyrofoamTM. Anything with the recycling code numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7.
  • Cardboard, Newsprint, Magazines and Office Paper
    • Cardboard - All corrugated cardboard and box board, including cereal and cracker boxes.  
    • Excluding cardboard with plastic or wax coatings.
  • Newsprint – All daily or weekly publications.
  • Magazines – All glossy publications, including catalogs and advertising circulars. Also telephone directories and paperback books. NO hardcover books.
  • Office Paper – All white or colored paper, including bond, copy paper, ruled or non-ruled note paper, and computer paper.

Recycling Cart Standards

  • All recyclables should be cleaned before being placed in the cart.
  • Plastics that are recyclable are stamped with the recycle logo and numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7. 
  • Polystyrene packing materials (plastic peanuts) are recyclable, but must be double bagged separately to prevent spillage. 
  • Plastic items not accepted for recycling include electrical appliances or toys. 
  • There is no added charge for pickup of non-contaminated recyclable materials, no matter the quantity. 
  • Cardboard containers should be flattened, with liners removed (such as waxed paper in cereal boxes). Cardboard should be bundled and tied securely, with bundles not to exceed 2' x 2'. 
  • All glass, plastic and metals should be prepared for recycling by rinsing. Plastic and glass bottles should have the caps and rings removed. Label removal from plastic and glass is preferred, but not required. 
  • Window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, dishes, and eyeglasses are still excluded from the glass category. 
  • Eyeglasses can be deposited in the Lions Club collection boxes at locations in Monroe, including the Monroe Library. 

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