Recyclable materials are collected on the same schedule as household trash and yard debris by an automated one man truck for residents who pay a City of Germantown water bill. Recycling must be placed in a City-issued blue recycling cart and at the curb prior to 7 a.m. on collection day but not before 6 p.m. the day before collection. Waste Pro has until 7 p.m. to collect the materials. Condominium residents must place recycling in a city issued 18 gallon bin for pick up.
To report a missed collection of household trash, yard waste or recyclable, email NeighborhoodServices@Germantown-TN.gov. It is not considered a missed collection until the next day.
Single Stream and Rolling Carts Make Recycling Easier
If you do not currently recycle but would like to start, you may request a cart here.
Rolling carts make getting recyclable material to the curb easier and allow all recyclable material to be mixed together. 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.
Per City of Germantown Ordinance, all carts must be stored behind the front line of the home and can not be seen from the street.
Where to place the recycle cart for collection:
1. Place the cart behind the curb (or between the curb and sidewalk) at least 3 feet away from any obstructions such as mailboxes, utility poles, debris, bags or trees.
2. Remember - "Handle to House!" The cart handle and wheels must be placed facing away from the street, this will ensure the cart will be emptied completely when serviced by the automated truck.
The following items can be recycled:
Due to the collection process, all recycling materials must be placed inside the roll cart. Any materials outside of the cart will be collected as household trash.
- Mixed paper products: newspaper, magazines, brochures, paper bags, paper towel rolls, paper back books, cartons, greeting cards, regular and junk mail, cardboard beverage carriers, phone books, office paper, catalogs, paperboard boxes and file folders.
- Corrugated cardboard containers, flattened and cut to no more than 3 feet by 2 feet
- Non-corrugated cardboard commonly used in dry food and cereal boxes, shoe boxes and other similar packaging
- Glass bottles and jars - no lids (empty and rinse)
- #1, #2, #4, #5 and #7 plastic food and beverage containers –including bottles, jars, jugs and other rigid plastic containers.
- PETE, HDPE, PVC, LDPE and PP
- Aluminum and metal food cans without lids
- Aluminum beverage cans (empty and rinse)
- Foil and foil trays clean of food
- Empty juice boxes, soup and milk cartons (empty and replace cap)
Large Cardboard Containers
The City has a cardboard recycling container located at Economic and Community Development, 1920 South Germantown Road, available for all city residents to recycle large cardboard. All cardboard must be flattened.
The following items cannot be recycled:
- #3 and #6 plastics - including plastic bags, plastic film, tubs and pots
- Foam egg cartons
- Food or liquid (no garbage)
- Clothing or linens
- Tanglers, hoses, chains, electronics or batteries
- Big items (wood, plastic, furniture or metal)
Some items not collected for recycling by the City can be recycled at these convenient area locations:
- Plastic grocery bags - A majority of local grocery store locations
- Printer cartridges - Office Depot locations, receive a credit on a future purchase; cartridges refilled at local Walgreens locations
- Batteries, including car, cell phone, camcorder and rechargeable batteries - Batteries Plus, 465 North Germantown Parkway
- Cell phones - AT&T locations, at Verizon locations or visit Verizon online recycling program or visit cellphonesforsoldiers.com
- IPods - Apple Store, Saddle Creek
- Used motor oil - Germantown Public Works Complex, 7700 Southern Avenue
- Clothing, furniture and household items - Non-profit agencies or garage sale
- Wire hangers - Some dry cleaners accept used hangers for reuse
- Used electronics can be taken to the semiannual Amnesty Dumpster and Recycling Day