Why didn’t my recycling bin get emptied?

Recyclable material must be placed directly in the recycle cart and not in a bag.  Our MERF handler will not accept items in a bag. 

Only the following items should be placed in the recycle cart:  metal cans, flattened cardboard, plastics (water, soda, juice & cleaning bottles and plastic jugs) glass bottles, cartons and paper.  If you are unsure an item belongs in the recycle cart, please place it in the garbage cart.  When non-recyclables contaminate the recycling load, it has the potential to turn the entire recycle load into trash which increases the cost to process the load.  Ultimately, this can mean higher costs to our customers.  That's why we say, "when in doubt, throw it out."

When our staff sees items that are non-recyclable in a recycle cart, they will leave the items behind or they may leave the entire cart depending on the situation.  On recycle day, our staff visits approximately 8,000 homes.  If you have questions about what can and can not be recycled, please visit our Recycling Page.  

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1. What can I recycle?
2. What day is my recycling collected?
3. Why didn’t my recycling bin get emptied?
4. What day is my garbage collection?
5. What items are not collected in a regular garbage container by the town?
6. How will the holiday affect my garbage collection?
7. What’s the difference between yard debris service and loose leaf service?
8. How do I dispose of large items?
9. Does the town pick-up appliances?
10. How do I dispose of electronics?
11. How do I dispose of household hazardous waste?