Recycling Guidelines

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Recycling Collection Day - Wednesday

*Effective Oct. 11, 2023

Please have the Waste Connections recycling carts out at the street by 7 a.m. Recycling may be picked up anytime between 7-5 p.m. The Blue carts provided by Waste Connections are for recycling only. Waste Connection crews have been instructed to not collect Blue carts on days other than recycling day or when there is regular trash in them on recycling day.

Blue Carts

  • The Blue recycling carts should be placed in the street by 7 a.m. with the wheels against the curb or at the edge of the paved street with the front facing the street. The automated trucks cannot service containers set out backward
  • Only the Blue Waste Connections carts will be collected. Please do not use any other containers provided by previous service companies
  • If your trash and recycling are collected on the same day, keep your recycling about 5 feet away from your trash
  • Do not set recycling carts in alleyways
  • Please see picture below for spacing requirements that need to be from any fence, gas meter, telephone pole, utility box, tree, shrub, additional collection container, or other potential obstruction
  • Vehicles should not be parked on the street near the container. Allow plenty of space for the recycling truck to maneuver in front of the cart
  • Recycling items may be placed loosely in the recycling cart
  • Please make sure not to overfill the cart, this can cause items to be dropped or blown away when it is dumped, creating unsightly litter in your neighborhood and potentially clogging storm drains

Unwanted Blue Cart

If you do not want a Blue cart, please contact Waste Connections at 817-222-2221 and they will come and pick it up.

Driveway Collections

Driveway collection is provided to physically challenged citizens who are sole residents at the address where service is requested, unless all other residents at the service address have disabilities which prevent them from placing waste & recycling items at the curb for collection.

Missed Collection

If you miss a collection day, please call Waste Connections at 817-222-2221.

Overflow Items

Recycling will only be picked up if it is in the recycling cart

Acceptable Items

Metal & Aluminum Cans

  • Recommended to rinse the following containers and put them in your single stream recycling cart with all of your other recyclables
  • Aluminum cans, such as soda cans
  • Tin & steel cans, such as soup cans and tuna cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Metal lids from glass jars

Non-Recyclable Metals

  • Coat hangers
  • Paint and solvent containers
  • Scrap metal (nails, screws, gutters, etc.)

Plastic (rigid plastics with the recycling numbers 1-7)

  • Milk jugs
  • Shampoo, conditioner & liquid soap bottles Detergent bottles
  • Bleach and all-purpose cleaner bottles Margarine tubs, yogurt containers
  • Empty medicine bottles
  • Clean frozen food trays
  • Plastic lids from bottles
  • Plastic take out containers
  • Plastic produce containers
  • Plastic disposable plates, cups and utensils (check for recycling number)

Non-Recyclable Plastics

  • Plastic bags
  • Packaging Styrofoam
  • Toys
  • Motor oil bottles
  • Cups
  • Egg cartons
  • Paper take-out boxes


  • All cardboard must be in the recycling bin for collection. (Anything outside the bin will not be collected)
  • Flatten corrugated cardboard and place in your recycling cart


  • It is recommended to rinse your glass bottles and jars
  • Put the glass containers in your recycling cart with all your recyclables
  • There is no need to remove labels. Metal lids from glass jars may also go in your cart

Non-Recyclable Glass at Curb

  • Broken glass, light bulbs, mirrors
  • Window panes
  • Dishes and cups
  • Ornaments and decorations

Recyclable Paper (place recyclable paper loose in your recycling cart. DO NOT use plastic bags)

  • Newspapers, inserts
  • Magazines, catalogs
  • Junk mail and envelopes (No product samples; envelope labels and windows are OK)
  • Boxboard (thin cardboard, like cereal boxes, shoe boxes, soda cartons, etc)
  • Holiday and greeting cards
  • Phone books
  • Home-office paper (sticky notes, manila envelopes and file folders and paper ream wrappers)
  • Paper bags, except gift bags

These Papers Cannot be Recycled

  • Wet, soiled or food-stained paper
  • Paper towels, facial or toilet tissue
  • Disposable paper plates and cups (disposable plastic plates and cups can be recycled after rinsed)
  • Dark-colored envelopes and folders
  • Wrapping paper and gift bags
  • Milk and juice cartons

Food Waste

  • Remove all food wastes from recyclables before placing them in the recycling cart

Additional Unacceptable Items

Items that cannot be recycled

  • Aluminum foil
  • Butter tubs
  • Ceramics
  • Containers with openings as large as the container
  • Diapers
  • Large plastic buckets
  • Metal other than food and beverage cans
  • Mirrors
  • Notebook paper
  • Plastic bottles that have contained oil or petroleum by-products
  • Plate glass
  • Safety glass such as windshields
  • Scrap metal
  • Window glass
  • Used motor oil 
  • Yard waste
  • Trash (non-putrescible solid waste consisting of combustible and non-combustible waste materials).