Where can I get a new trash can or cart?
If you live outside of the City or in a building with five or more units, you can purchase garbage cans or larger trash carts at home improvement stores or through your service provider. However, you should always check with your service provider before purchasing additional cans or carts to make sure you’re buying an approved container.
Where can I get a recycling cart?
If you live outside the City of Cincinnati, please check with your county or local waste hauler. Hamilton County has an impressive website full of helpful information including recycling drop off locations, programs for businesses, how to recycle in your community, how to handle hazardous waste, and plenty more. Visit www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org to get started.
What can be recycled at the curb?
Plastic bottles and jugs
- Any number is acceptable as long as it’s in jug form, meaning the opening is smaller than the rest of the container. You may also leave the lids ON.
- Examples: water and pop bottles, shampoo bottles, salad dressing bottles, milk jugs, and laundry detergent containers
- You CANNOT recycle butter or margarine tubs, whipped topping containers, yogurt containers, Styrofoam, plastic bags, food film, and plastic packaging. Some of these materials may be recycled through special collection programs, but they should not go in your recycling bin or cart.
Glass bottles and jars
- Any number is acceptable, in any color, as long as the glass is a bottle or jar. Please remove the lid before recycling the glass.
- Examples: beer and wine bottles, juice bottles, jelly jars, tomato sauce jars, and salsa jars.
- You CANNOT recycle drinking glasses, light bulbs, baking dishes, dinnerware, window glass, and broken glass. Some of these materials may be recycled through special collection programs, but they should not go in your recycling bin or cart.
Aluminum and steel cans
- All food related metal cans can go into your bin. No need to remove the label, but it’s a good idea to rinse out the food first.
- Examples: soup cans, pop cans, tuna cans, beer cans, and empty aerosol cans (with tips removed).
- You CANNOT recycle metal hangers, scrap metal, aluminum foil, and non-food or non-drink related metal. Some of these materials may be recycled through special collection programs, but they should not go in your recycling bin or cart.
Any type of paper
- You can recycle all types of paper including paperboard, cardboard, and glossy cardstock. Clean pizza boxes are acceptable too!
- Examples: newspapers and inserts, magazines, phone books, cereal boxes, junk mail, envelopes (with or without windows), office paper (with or without staples), and paper bags.
- You CANNOT recycle bound books, paper plates, and napkins. Some of these materials may be recycled through special collection programs, but they should not go in your recycling bin or cart.
- Residents are now able to include refrigerated and shelf-stable cartons — such as soup, milk, juice, soy and other beverage and food cartons — in their recycling containers for curbside collection.
Reuse or Throw Away — Do NOT put in your bin:
- Yogurt cups
- Plastic wrap
- Plastic bags
- Chip and snack bags
- Aluminum foil
- Paper plates & cups
- Paper towels
Remember! Biodegradable does not necessarily mean recyclable. Products that are biodegradable are meant for compost bins or facilities. To learn more about composting, visit www.civicgardencenter.org or www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org!
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