Do you run out of room in your recycling cart at home before your recycling day? You're not alone--due to the fact that more of your waste is recyclable than ever before, some families find that their recycling cart is overflowing on a regular basis. Luckily, there are easy steps you can take to ease those recycling woes.
Most garbage companies will automatically give you a 65 gallon recycling cart, which gets picked up every other week. If that system doesn't work for your household, try the following:
- Call your hauler and ask to upgrade to a 95 gallon recycling cart. Most companies will switch out the bin at either no charge or for a one-time "bin-switch" fee. Please inquire about fees directly with your hauler, as it will depend on your location and if you're in a townhome, homeowners association, or single-family home. (Don't know your hauler's number? Click here for a directory)
- Still not enough room? Consider asking for a 2nd recycling cart. Some haulers may provide this for free, other may charge a small monthly fee.
- If you live in Burnsville or Apple Valley, there are garbage companies that may provide weekly recycling service. Call the City recycling department at 952-895-4511 for more information.
If you are recycling more, you may also be able to downsize your garbage service. By law, garbage haulers are required to charge less for a smaller-sized garbage cart. You could save $1 to $3 per month, not to mention space in your garage!
Did You Know?
When your recycling cart is overflowing, it may be tempting to squish all the recyclables down to make them fit. However, this can be trouble down the line. The machines at the recycling facility sort recyclables based on their dimensions--cans and bottles are three-dimensional (3D) and paper and cardboard are two-dimensional (2D). So, DON'T flatten pop cans or plastic containers, but DO flatten your cardboard boxes. See a video about the process of sorting materials at a recycling facility.