Recycling will be collected every week on your recycling and trash day. The recycling pick-up schedule will not change. A 64-gallon recycling cart holds more recyclables and promotes a sustainable community. Carts easily roll to the curb and back. And all carts have attached lids, important for reducing litter on our streets. Automated cart recycling pick-up offers a cleaner, more efficient and effective collection process and is safer for the driver. Place your new recycling cart at the curb with handles facing your home. Ensure that the cart is at least three feet away from surrounding items such as your mailbox, trash cans, utility poles, etc. Residents are also encouraged to only place their recycling cart at the curb for pickup when the cart is more than half full in order to improve efficiency of the recycling collection process.
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The City of Waltham is changing to an automated recycling collection program in 2017. Over the next few months, the city will deliver a 64-gallon blue wheeled cart to your residence to replace your current recycling bin or barrel. Once the new recycling carts are distributed in your neighborhood, recycling bins will no longer be serviced by the city.
CITY OF WALTHAM NEW RECYCLING COLLECTION PROGRAM!
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RECYCLING "ROLLS" AHEAD IN WALTHAM:
WALTHAM RECYCLING DEPARTMENT (781) 314-3390 | MON - FRI: 8:30 AM TO 4:30 PM 165 LEXINGTON ST, WALTHAM MA WWW.CITY.WALTHAM.MA.US/RECYCLING-DEPARTMENT
WHAT CAN I RECYCLE IN MY CART?
MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS
All of your recyclables should go together in the cart, including paper, cardboard boxes, cans, plastic and glass containers and rigid plastics. Recyclable products will be imprinted on the lid of the cart. Please follow the "2017-2018 Waltham Guidelines Brochure" (http://bit.ly/2017recyclingbrochure). Corrugated boxes should be collapsed and cut so they will fit in the cart. Large quantities of cardboard can be dropped off in the dumpster in the Public Works Yard, 165 Lexington St.
RFID tags will be installed in all recycling carts so that each cart can be assigned to a specific address. RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. RFID tags help to prevent lost or stolen recycling carts. Residents are responsible for the cleanliness of recycling carts and for damage done to them, misuse, or abuse. If your cart is damaged or in need of repair, you will be able to call for service. The city will not be distributing wheeled carts for trash collection at this time. This option may be considered in the future. After you receive your new cart, your old recycling bin may be used to store your recyclables in the house only. Recycling barrels can be repurposed for
Do not put any yard waste or trash in the cart. All recycling materials should fit in the cart with the lid fully closed. Quality is key. Clean recyclables ensure the success of the program. Plastic bags, electric cords, or hoses can jam automated recycling equipment and drive up the cost of recycling. Hoses and cords should go in the trash. Recycle plastic bags at supermarkets.
HOW IS SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM MEASURED? The State of Massachusetts has banned recyclables from the trash. Waltham tracks recycling and trash tonnage and works to reduce waste. Please do your part to recycle so that the recycling program will be a success.
trash or yard waste collection. Please do not put your bin or barrel to the curb for recycling after new carts are issued. If you do not want to keep your recycling bin, you can put it in your new wheeled cart and it will be recycled. Recycling barrels can't be recycled at this time.
Q: CAN I REQUEST A SMALLER OR LARGER CART SIZE THAN THE 64 GALLON CART? Only 64 gallon carts will be distributed initially to sing