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Overview

Take a Minute Before You Bin It.

The City operates on a huge scale and can’t clean up bad recycling habits for every resident. It’s why it’s up to each of us to do our part and make sure we’re only recycling the right things the right way.

Because recycling wrong is actually worse than not recycling at all. It contaminates the recycling stream which not only ruins good materials and damages equipment—it endangers our recycling workers. And it only takes one bad bin to ruin a truckload of good recycling.

So what should you do? It’s simple. It only takes a minute to prepare your recyclables the right way. Just give them a rinse and let them dry before you put them in the bin. Get a lid for your city-issued recycling bin at your local Sanitation Convenience Center. Or use any cover of your choosing and do your best to keep your recyclables dry.

CLICK HERE to see the full list of what materials to put in your bin, and what to keep out.

Why Recycle Right?

Recycling the right way reduces contamination and costs so the City is not wasting valuable financial resources from communities into processing trash multiple times.

It’s good for the environment, reduces litter and pollution, and keeps our communities clean and healthy.

It’s not just a good idea or the right thing to do—it’s the law. Recycle the right way and avoid any potential SWEEP fines.