Ever wonder what you can and cannot put in our recycling bins? Here are some answers:
1. Newspaper, office paper, magazines, catalogs, flattened cereal/food boxes, junk mail, and telephone books go in our paper bins. NO PLASTIC BAGS. Put the paper items in loose, or use a paper bag.
2. Commingled items include: rinsed out metal food and beverage cans, only plastic containers with NECKS that have the number 1 or 2 stamped into the bottom (like milk jugs and shampoo bottles, for example), and glass bottles and jars. Rinse them out, too. NO PLASTIC BAGS. Put the commingled items in loose.
NO yogurt cups, margarine tubs, or caps/lids, YET. They say that in a few months, they will start accepting those, too. We'll keep you posted.
3. Corrugated cardboard, which is the kind of cardboard that has layers to it--like moving boxes, and boxes that are sturdy, must be BROKEN DOWN FLAT. Usually, there's enough room to slide them in between the bins, once they are broken down. They will not take boxes that have not been broken down, so please take that extra step.
Here's the Arlington website with pictures of what Arbors residents can recycle on pages 8-9.
There is a 24-hour recycling drop-off center just up the road at 530 N Quincy St by the Mercedes dealership. They take even more items, like plastic containers with numbers 3-7 (margarine tubs, yogurt cups, peanut butter jars, tomato sauce jars, and microwavable trays.) They also take small metal items, like broken fans, toasters, pots/pans, or pretty much, you name it, as long as it is not bigger than 11x46 inches. They even take pizza boxes in the cardboard bin, if all of the pizza and cheese has been removed.
Here's the site for the drop-off center, and what extras they will take:
These things can be recycled but debris and dirt can get recycled. To get rid of these things you need to do debris removal so that everything looks clean but for trash removal and recycling you can call trash recycling company.