Why do I have to bag my trash but not my recycling?

Trash contains many small, smelly pieces that can easily become litter or food for critters. To keep your home and neighborhood free from unsightly litter we ask that you bag all trash. 

We ask that you do not bag your recycling unless you use brown paper bags.

  • Most plastic bags are not recyclable and can cause a load to be considered contaminated. That is, the load will all have to be considered trash and not recyclable material.
  • Your recyclables should be cleaned before collection this means critters won’t be attracted to it.
  • Most recyclables are large enough that they will not blow away and become litter during the collection process. 

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1. Why do trash / recycle collection guidelines change?
2. What time does my trash / recycling need to be out?
3. Where should I place my trash / recycling for pick-up?
4. What direction should my trash / recycle container face for pick-up?
5. I have too much trash to fit inside my container this week, what do I do?
6. Why do I have to bag my trash but not my recycling?
7. What does it mean when you talk about contaminated recyclables?
8. What do I do with light bulbs?
9. My trash wasn't picked up, what do I do?
10. Storms or high winds made a mess; who cleans it up?
11. What happens with trash / recycling pick-up on a holiday?
12. What is the earliest time I can set out my trash / recycling containers?
13. Who provides trash / recycling pick-up?
14. What should I do with my yard waste?
15. Why can’t I throw my household cleaners or paint in the trash?
16. Who is eligible for the Hazardous Household Waste Pick-up Program?
17. If I am not eligible for the Hazardous Household Waste Pick-up Program, where can I take hazardous materials?