Recycling Guidelines


Packaging and other materials have changed significantly over the past several years, which has impacted how residents recycle. For example, Elgin used to accept plastic bags in our recycling, but we learned the plastic bags were wrapping around the recycling equipment and shutting down plants. So we’re asking residents NOT to place their recyclables in plastic bags or put any loose bags in the recycling cart. Instead, take plastic bags to Jewel or Target to recycle, and empty your recyclables directly into your carts. Extra recyclables that don’t fit in your recycling cart should be placed loose in a second recycling container.

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  • Do not put recyclable materials in plastic bags.
  • All recyclable materials should be rinsed free of food with caps/lids removed. Dispose of non-metal caps and lids in the trash.
  • Cardboard boxes must be flattened into 3 feet by 3 feet squares, and placed in the bin. Cardboard boxes placed outside of the bin must be flattened into 4 feet by 4 feet squares.
  • Use your blue bin for recyclables only. Recycling bins containing garbage will not be collected.

Remember, prepaid stickers are not required on properly prepared recyclables.


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