Disposal Collection Update

Please note that if you reside in Whispering Ridge or Westlake that refuse and recycle will be collected on Thursday, December 31st in lieu of January 1st.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do my blue bags need to go to the curb?

Blue bags must be put out on your curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day. Please keep in mind that separate collection vehicles pick up curbside recyclable and garbage.

Can I use clear bag instead of blue bags?

Blue bags must be used for curbside blue bag recycling. The blue bags are specified by our curbside recycling contractor as a way to properly distinguish between garbage and recycling. Also, the blue bags are made of a uniform, high quality plastic that is recyclable. Clear plastic bags are not made out of the same plastic as blue bags and therefore cannot be recycled as easily or even at all.

Where can I get blue bags?

Blue bags can be purchased from any grocery store, hardware store or drug store that sells garbage bags.

Is there a limit as to the number of blue bags that can be put out each week?

There is no limit to the number of blue bags put out for pick up.

What about glass?

Glass is (at this time) not accepted at curbside and must be placed into regular garbage collection.

Why can't I put plastic bags (one time use bags) or other film such as plastic wrap into my blue bags?

Plastic bags and other thin plastic films get tangled in recycling equipment and conveyer belts. Plastic bags also contaminate paper bales and may cause them to be rejected by paper mills, so please DO NOT place plastic bags or other film plastics in your blue bags.

What types of plastics are accepted in the program?

Most food-grade hard plastics displaying #1 through #7 are now be accepted in the blue bag program. Examples of hard plastic containers include: margarine, ice cream, ketchup, muffin/cake, yogurt, peanut butter, and slushy cups. In general, only Styrofoam (#6 PS) and plastic film (some #4) will not be accepted.

Plastics Coding #1-7

To help plastic recycling, each plastic container has a code on the bottom surface. The code or number is enclosed by a triangular shape symbol with three arrows. Coding and common uses are as follows.

Plastic Types

Symbol Name Common Uses
PETE 1 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE) Accepted in blue bag - Plastic soft drink, sports drink and water bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter, salad dressing containers, berry boxes and cake domes
HDPE 2 High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Accepted in blue bag - Milk, water and juice containers, liquid detergent bottles, laundry soap containers, ice cream containers, yogurt and margarine tubs
PVC 3 Vinyl (V) Accepted in blue bag - Shampoo bottles and vegetable oil bottles with handles. Not accepted in blue bag - Clear food packaging
LDPE 4 Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Accepted in blue bag - Carry-out snacks, squeezable bottles (i.e. honey, mustard). Not accepted in blue bag - Bread bags, frozen food bags, dry cleaning bags
PP 5 Polypropylene (PP) Accepted in blue bag - Yogurt containers and margarine tubs
PS 6 Polystyrene Accepted in blue bag - Compact disc cases, aspirin bottles, plant pots
OTHER 7 Other Accepted in blue bag - Some citrus juice and ketchup bottles, some flexible packaging for items like bacon and cheese

Adapted from the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC)

What about corrugated Cardboard?

You can place smaller pieces of cardboard inside your blue bag. For larger pieces of cardboard, simply collapse and fold beneath the blue bag - no larger than 2ft. by 3ft. (60cm x 90cm) so operators can put them in the recycling truck easily.

Can I leave the labels on the tin/metal cans?

Yes, you are now able to leave the labels on the tin cans, however, please ensure cans are clean.

What is contamination?

Contamination is when unacceptable material is placed in the blue bag. Any recyclables that are comingled with garbage, pet waste, organics, soft plastics, or disposable diapers are contaminated and not recycled. Unwashed recyclables are also considered to be contaminated. Contamination increases the program cost and ultimately the cost to the resident.

Contamination of one bag - if bad enough - can result in an entire truck load of recyclable going to landfill. This is why we are strict, and will reject contaminated bags.

Do I need to wash the plastic and metal containers?

Yes! Help reduce contamination by washing containers. This will help reduce odor, flies and rodents. It is easiest to rinse containers the moment you empty them, usually with a quick rinse under the tap. Alternatively, you can soak in water and rinse or even wash in a dishwasher.