Recycling containers must be used for recycling only, not household waste

Published on April 21, 2017 with 2 Comments

Recently, public works department received information regarding construction materials and household garbage being placed inside city recycling cans. While a mistakes can happen on a smaller scale, continuous misuse can cause issues at the landfill.

Public Works Director George Rials said while the problem is being caused by a few, still, over time these bad apples can spoil the recycling program.

Rials said some recycling cans are used as a spillover trash can and this should not happen.

“We’ve found construction materials, such as scrap lumber and demolition materials and household waste,” he said.

The city needs support of our customer base to continue providing recycling services,” he said. “While most city customers are responsible and use their recycling cans appropriately, some need a reminder that it is noticed when they are not used in an appropriate manner.

Items to be recycled:

Newspapers and inserts Aluminum cans and lids


Magazines and catalogs Brown paper bags, box boards    (cereal and cake boxes)

 Paper and cardboard Cardboard egg cartons


 Plastics No. 1 through 7 Tin foil and aluminum baking pans


Metal pots, pans, cookie sheets


Prohibited materials: plastic bags, ice cream cartons, waxy paper/milk cartons, aerosol cans, bubble wrap, tarps, bedding or linens, rugs or carpets.

For more information on the city’s recycling plan, visit or call the public works department at 983-5400.

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  1. What does this mean glass bottles and cans must be bagged? Are you saying we have to separate them from the paper goods and put them in separate bags?

    • Hi Natalie:

      There was a problem with the story and it has been corrected with the appropriate information. Thank you for your comment.

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