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How do I recycle?

03/10/2008 3:04 PM by

A new reader writes: “I am new in the neighborhood. How do I recycle?”

The city site has all of the info at Richmond Recycles:

Curbside Recycling:
Your Recycling day is the same as your trash collection day, only it is every other week. Call 646-0999 if you’re not sure of your week.

No Need to Separate – the following items can be mixed all together in your recycling bin: newspapers, mixed paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, aluminum foil, glass bottles and jars, narrow neck plastic bottles #1 & #2, (such as milk, soap, shampoo & detergent bottles). Throw your lids in the trash.

We serve residential customers in single-family, duplex, and fourplexes. Sorry, no apartment complexes.

Do I have to use a green bin or can I use any kind?
Use any kind of bin you want – just put it out!

Why didn’t they take my boxes?
You need to break down your cardboard boxes so we can put them in the truck.

It’s raining. I don’t want everything to get wet. Should I wait another TWO weeks?
No problem. Wet, dry…all the same to us. Put ’em out!

Why don’t you take plastic bags?
We don’t have a market. Speaking of markets, bring them to your grocery store. Most accept them gladly.

I live in an apartment complex. What can I do?
Use these drop-off recycling sites. They take everything just as curbside.
Stratford Hills Shopping Center, near Hathaway Road and Forest Hill Avenue.
East Richmond Road Landfill, 3800 East Richmond Road.
Richmond Southside Transfer Station, 3506 Hopkins Road
DMV Drive and Leigh Street Parking Lot

The City has contracted with the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority for the pick up of our recyclables. If you have any questions, call them at 804-340-0900.


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