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Single Stream and Rolling Carts Make Recycling Easier

Post Date:03/09/2017

Waste Pro trucks start rolling down Germantown streets at 7 a.m. each weekday. Blue, City-issued recycle carts line Germantown streets and are collected on the same schedule as household trash and yard debris by an automated Waste Pro truck.  Rolling carts make getting recyclable material to the curb easier and allow all recyclable material to be mixed together. What can you put in your recycling cart? A recent conversation with Neighborhood Services Manager Joe Nunes suggested a spring-time review of acceptable recycle items might be in order.

Paper, glass, narrow neck plastic bottles and tops, metal food cans without lids and aluminum beverage cans can all be placed in the cart. DO NOT place plastic bags in the recycle cart.

The following items can be recycled:

  • Mixed paper products: newspaper, magazines, junk mail, phone books, office paper, catalogs, small pieces of cardboard
  • Glass containers
  • Plastic – Classes/grades 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 (3 and 6 are not acceptable) PETE AND HDPE, PVC, LDPE AND PP
  • Metal food cans without lids
  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Foil trays clean of food
  • Empty juice boxes, soup and milk cartons
  • Corrugated cardboard containers, flattened and cut to no more than 3 feet X 2 feet
  • Non-corrugatedcardboard commonly used in dry food and cereal boxes, shoe boxes and other similar packaging 

The City has a cardboard recycling container located at Economic and Community Development, 1920 South Germantown Road, available for residents to recycle large cardboard. All cardboard must be flattened. Report a missed collection of household trash, yard waste or recyclables here or email It is not considered a missed collection until the day following the scheduled collection.

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