What is Single Stream Recycling?

Single stream recycling means that you can mix all items together in one container (you can continue to separate and use your existing recycling bins, if you’d like; placement in a single container is not mandatory).

Items that go in single stream recycling:

Paper and cardboard

  • Cardboard, brown paper bags, poster board, cereal boxes
  • Office paper, manila folders, newspapers, magazines, phone books, catalogs, junk mail
  • Clean side of pizza boxes. To prepare: flatten all cardboard, remove the dirty part of pizza and place in trash and put clean side in recycling
  • Cartons for both refrigerated and non-refrigerated foods, including: coconut water, almond milk, juice boxes,  egg whites and orange juice

Plastic

  • All plastic containers with #1-#7 on them – no Styrofoam(#6)
  • Remove spray bottle pumps and place in trash (better still…buy the liquid in bulk and just refill spray bottles instead of throwing them away each time)
  • NO PLASTIC BAGS/FILM

Glass

  • Glass jars and bottles
  • No broken glass, drinking glasses or any kitchen glassware

Aluminum

  • Aluminum and metal cans

All containers should be rinsed out, no need to take label off and don’t flatten. Remove spray bottle pumps and place in trash.

Items that do not go in single stream recycling:

  • Plastic bags/film
  • Styrofoam and Styrofoam coffee cups
  • Bubble wrap
  • Napkins, paper towels
  • Hard cover books
  • 3 ring binders
  • Plastic straws

For further information from DPW, go to the following link:

http://www.cityofmelrose.org/departments/public-works-department/trash-recycling/curbside-recycling-instructions/

For curbside and event schedules see:

http://www.cityofmelrose.org/departments/public-works-department/trash-recycling/calendars-schedules-routes/public-works-department/trash-recycling/calendars-schedules-routes/

For general information about trash and recycling pickup see the following:

http://www.cityofmelrose.org/departments/public-works-department/trash-recycling/

 

 

 

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