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Washoe County Recycling Facts and Tips

As your community partner, Waste Management is committed to helping keep the Washoe County clean . Recycling is an easy way to protect our environment and ensure the wellbeing of our community for generations to come. However, the success of recycling depends on the active participation of the community. By participating, people will be reducing the amount of garbage, encouraging the reuse of materials made from recycled products and continuing the recycling circle.

Single-Stream Recycling

Single-stream recycling allows customers the ease and convenience of placing all acceptable recyclable materials into a single cart (customers also have a cart for their garbage). This enhanced recycling program decreases the amount of waste generated and increases the diversion/recycling rate. Each residential customer is provided a cart for recyclable materials (a green cart with a blue lid) in addition to their garbage cart (green cart with a green lid) for garbage.

Recycling Rules

  • Recycle all bottles, cans and paper.
  • Keep items clean and dry.
  • Do not put plastic bags in the recycling cart.
  • Do not place non-recyclables in the recycling cart. Printed label on cart lid identifies acceptable material

Certain offenders can slow down the recycling process or even ruin the load of recyclables and cause additional costs to the program. The first two times a customer places contamination in their recycling cart, they will be notified by a letter with an attached photo for reference of what the contamination was. For the third and fourth contamination, the customer will receive a fine, any more than four can result in the customers recycling cart being removed.  

You Have the Power!

Ever wonder, “Why and how to recycle?” When you use “Recycle Often. Recycle Right.SM” great things happen. Every day we encounter hundreds of recyclable items. By recycling properly, you help materials get to their next best use, which in turn saves tons upon tons of raw materials, time, energy and expense.

Give These Items a Future!

Check out these other items that can thank recycling for a chance at an exciting second career.

  • That bottle in your cup holder today could become a park bench or even filling for a parka one day.
  • Recycle that newspaper today, and it could return to your home in the form of a cereal box.
  • Recycle that aluminum can today, and it could be back on the shelf as a new one in just 60 days!

Did you Know…

  • Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for two hours?
  • Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a 14-watt CFL bulb for 20 hours?
  • Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a computer for three hours?

When you think of the difference just one person can make, imagine the positive image the Washoe County can have by recycling. That’s why it’s time to get back to the basics of good recycling. Recycle Often. Recycle Right.SM recycling rules will help you rethink recycling to make a sustainable impact!

Acceptable Recyclables:

Unacceptable Recyclables:

*Source: US Environmental Protection Agency