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Avoid a Sticky Situation

To help everyone learn the correct way to sort, bag, and curb their recycling, we’ll be placing stickers on bags of recyclables or garbage when we notice something has been done incorrectly. This way, you’ll know what to do next time.

These stickers are new to our recycling collectors too, so if you feel the wrong sticker ended up on your bag or you are confused, don't hesitate to call 311 and explain your situation.

If you find this yellow sticker on one of your bags at the curb, it’s because certain rules for either garbage or recycling pick-up were not followed. Maybe you didn't put your recyclables in a clear, blue plastic bag. Or maybe the weight of your garbage was over fifty pounds. Please review your reference guide or view garbage collection rules or recycling rules to determine what you did incorrectly.

If you find one of these orange stickers on your recycling bag, it’s because you’ve included something in your blue plastic bag that is not recyclable. Please make sure that you only include recyclables in the blue bags; view a full list of what’s not accepted at the curb.
If you’ve got a red sticker on your blue plastic bag, it’s because you’ve mixed paper products and containers in same bag. It’s important to keep these two types of recyclables separate, because our recycling trucks and the new facility at Robin Hood Bay are set up for two stream processing, which means paper goes one way and containers go the other. Learn more about the Robin Hood Bay Waste Management Facility.

If you’ve received one of these green stickers, it means you put your recyclables out on a day that wasn’t your recycling pick-up day. Remember: garbage pick-up is every week, and recycling is every other week. Find your correct pick-up schedule.

Still have questions? Please check our FAQs or call 311.

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