FAQs

What time should garbage containers be set out?

Have your collection containers available for pickup by 7:00 am.

We recommend you put your containers out at the curb the night prior to pickup.

How the garbage containers be placed at the curb?

Placement of all carts at the curb is essential to insure collection by automated trucks. Place your trash cart on either side of your driveway, at the edge of the curb. Allow a minimum of three feet of clearance on all sides of the cart from objects such as trees, fences, mailboxes, streetlights and other carts. Carts must be a minimum of six feet from any vehicles. Position your carts in a manner so that pedestrians can use the sidewalk.

Place carts:
Three (3) feet apart
At least six (6) feet from cars, trees, mailboxes, fences
Cart wheels as close to the curb as possible
Cart lids opening toward street
LIDS ON CARTS MUST BE CLOSED COMPLETELY

When possible, trucks with robotic arms will lift, empty and replace the carts without the drivers leaving the trucks, reducing safety hazards and traffic congestion.

Please remove all containers from the street as soon as possible after collection.

What items are not accepted in garbage containers?

Computers and TVs
Motor Oil
Hazardous Waste
Needles or syringes
Yard Waste
Loose or hot ashes
Dead animals
Loose cat litter or animal waste (please double bag)
Unbagged packing pellets or sawdust
Concrete, rocks, or dirt

What items are accepted in yard waste containers?

Plant material
Grass
Leaves
Weeds
Plant and tree trimmings
Houseplants (no pots)
Branches and twigs (up to 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet long)
Small trees free of tinsel, ornaments, and flocking; sections less than 4 feet long; base less than 4 inches diameter.

What items are not accepted in yard waste containers?

Sod
Plastic or synthetic bags
Animal waste or litter
Dead animals
Rocks/gravel
Cement/concrete
Loose soil
Lumber/wood
Fencing material
Metal
Household trash/litter
Hoses, garden tools
Bricks and tile
Construction debris
Nursery pots
Tinsel, ornaments, flocking
Hazardous waste
Extra yard waste units over 65 lbs. Bundles larger than four feet long and two feet in diameter Bundles tied with wire, nylon cording, plastic banding

What to do with extra yard waste?

Wheeled yard waste carts make collecting and transporting yard waste convenient and safe. Lifting heavy cans and bags of yard waste can be a safety hazard for residents and collectors. If you have an occasional large amount of yard waste, you can put it out for collection one cartful at a time over several weeks.

If you often have more yard waste than fits in your yard waste cart, please order another cart.

Home Compositing
Composting is the art of turning organic waste into a rich soil amendment called humus. Backyard composting is easy to learn and is full of benefits for you and the environment. Organic wastes that can be composted include fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, grass clippings and leaves. Some things you should not include in your backyard compost include meat or dairy products and weed seeds.

The Five Key Factors:

To make an effective efficient compost pile, you need to consider the following:

Food:
The Fifty-Fifty Rule: A perfect mixture of material consists of ½ brown (carbon-based material) and ½ green (nitrogen-based) material by weight.

Air:

To Turn or Not to Turn: The organisms that live inside your compost bin need air to survive. Mix or turn the pile three to five times per season using a pitchfork, garden hoe or shovel. Proper aeration can make a big difference. You will know if your bin is not getting enough oxygen if the pile smells of ammonia.

Water:
Moist, Not Damp: The organisms need water to survive, but not too much or they will drown. The ideal moisture level of your compost pile should be like that of a wrung out sponge.

Surface Area:
Small is Best: Cutup or shred organic waste materials before placing them into the compost bin. This increases the surface area and speeds up decomposition. You can also store your kitchen scraps in your freezer to speed up decomposition, as your materials break down at the cell level when frozen.

Bin Volume:
Not Too Big: A bin should be between 3’ x 3’ x ’3 and 5’x 5’ x 5’. A bin that is too small cannot retain enough heat. If the bin is too large, it won’t get enough air to the centre of the pile. It is also easier to manage two or three medium bins that one large one. You can build a compost bin yourself out of new or recycled materials, or you can buy one at a home or garden centre.

For more information visit - http://www.howtocompost.org/

What items are accepted in recycle cart?

All CA redemption value drink containers
Clean paper and mail
Corrugated cardboard
Cereal boxes (without the liner) / Shoe boxes
Brown paper bags
Newspaper and magazines
Shredded paper in tied clear plastic bags - No confetti
Paperback books
Catalogs, phone books
Milk cartons
Juice boxes
Soy milk cartons
Frozen food boxes
Plastic bottles, jars and jugs - No caps
Plastic dairy tubs (yogurt, margarine) - No lids
All colors of glass jars, bottles and jugs - No lids
Aluminum foil or foil baking pans
Aluminum cans
Steel or tin cans
All colors of glass jars, bottles and jugs with lids and caps removed.
Scrap metal (limit 2 ft. x 2 ft., 35 pounds; without wood, plastic, or rubber attachments)

What items are not accepted in recycle cart?

Food scraps, food-soiled paper or boxes
Soy / regular milk cartons
Juice boxes
Dairy tubs
Scrap metal
Plastic bags
Plastic take-out containers
Plastic trays (bakery, meat, etc.)
Plastic cups, plates or utensils
Styrofoam containers or pellets
Prescription vials
Paper towels, plates or napkins
Disposable diapers or rags
Ceramics or dishes
Light bulbs
Mirrors or window glass
Lids or caps
greasy or sharp scrap metal
Needles or syringes
Toxic containers (antifreeze, oil, syringes, etc.)

What about Plastic Recycling?

Only plastic bottles and jugs are acceptable in the recycling.

Why don't you accept all plastic items that have recycling arrows on them? The number in the recycling arrows on plastic items generally identifies the type of resin used in making the product. However, some items with the same number cannot be recycled together because they are manufactured using a different heating and molding process. (For example, we have markets for #1 plastic bottles, but not for plastic cups with the same number.)

In addition, the cost of collecting, sorting and remanufacturing some items exceeds the value of the recycled plastic. And so many plastic items cannot currently be recycled.

To avoid confusion and contamination, ignore the numbers and remember: Put only plastic bottles, jugs and dairy tubs in your curbside recycling container. If it isn't a bottle, jug, or dairy tub, and it can’t be reused, it goes in the garbage.

Clean plastic bags can be reused and are accepted for recycling at many grocery stores.

What about styrofoam packing peanuts and bubble wrap?

Clean styrofoam packing peanuts and bubble wrap are accepted for reuse at many mail houses. Call the Peanut Hotline, 1 800 828-2214, for the nearest site or business that accepts clean leftover packing peanuts for reuse.

What about Computers and TVs?

Computers, laptops, monitors, separated computer circuit boards and televisions contain heavy metals. They cannot be disposed of as garbage and must be recycled.

You can also recycle many other electronic items, including computer peripherals (mouse, keyboard, cables, printer, scanner, speakers, etc.), cell phones, hand-held devices, photocopiers, fax machines, stereos, VCRs, and DVD players.

Fluorescent Bulbs and Tubes Require Special Disposal

Do not put them in the garbage.

Fluorescent tubes contain elemental mercury mixed with powder. Crushing tubes creates mercury vapor that is difficult to contain. Keeping lamps intact prevents mercury exposure. Fluorescent tubes are regulated as a federal and State of Washington universal waste. Universal wastes must ultimately go to a recycler or permitted treatment, storage, or disposal facility. Recyclers separate the tubes into their component materials - glass, metal, phosphor powder and mercury - so that these materials can be recycled or reused.

Why Recycle?

Using fluorescent lights saves money and reduces the amount of energy that needs to be produced by power plants. However, they contain small amounts of mercury, so they need to be recycled properly. Fluorescent lights are safe to use in your home, and mercury is not released when in use. No products that contain mercury should be put in the garbage. Please recycle these products properly.

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes are accepted at local hazardous waste facilities.