Recycling School Supplies

May 16, 2022

School’s almost out! Make sure to recycle those used school supplies. Hooray for summer vay-cay! At the end of the year, many students have used school supplies that need to be disposed of. Did you know that most of these supplies are recyclable? Read on to learn how to properly recycle school supplies. Take your supplies to drop-off locations Some local office supply retailers, like Staples, have recycling drop-off boxes for plastic binders and folders. BIC Stationary Recycling Program  Have lots of empty pens and dried up markers? TerraCycle, a social enterprise working to eliminate waste, has a program where you can mail in any brand of writing instruments, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers, paint sets, and flexible packaging. Simply request […]

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Are You a Star Recycler?

May 9, 2022

Help others learn why it’s important to recycle! Recycling is like a habit. Once you get used to recycling, it’s hard to stop! This is a good thing. However, it does take some time to form good habits. Habits are usually individualized, but with recycling, it’s even better if you can teach others how to do it. If you have friends or family who don’t recycle, help teach them why it’s important, and how to get started.  There are only three main things for your friends to know: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Reduce: When buying something ask yourself, “Is this a thing I need? Or is there something else that I could use for the same purpose? Reuse: Consider investing in […]

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Can I take my cart with me when I move?

May 2, 2022

Do you have plans to move this summer? Do you currently have a GFL Environment recycling cart, or a city of Peoria trash cart? Unfortunately, you cannot take your recycling cart or trash cart with you when you move—they are tagged and are identified with your old address.  If you move to a new house within Peoria, there should be a city of Peoria trash cart there waiting for you. You’ll need to request a new GFL recycling cart at your new address.  Click here to request a recycling cart Click here to request a trash cart You may have a new collection day. Check to verify your collection day using the links below: Recycling Routes Map Trash Routes Map […]

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Rinse Your Plastic Containers!

April 27, 2022

Why do you have to rinse your plastic containers to recycle them? If your packaging or containers are recyclable, it’s tempting to toss them right into your recycling cart after they’re empty. But, oftentimes these containers need to be rinsed out before they can be recycled. This means rinsing out recyclable takeout containers, laundry detergent bottles, shampoo or body wash bottles, or anything else that might have held liquid or food.  Since Peoria’s recycling carts are single stream, your plastic containers go right in with your cardboard. Grease, food particles, and residue from the contents of containers can contaminate other recyclables in your cart. Even if your unrinsed yogurt container, soda can or other residue-containing item is upright when you […]

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Earth Day 2022

April 14, 2022

Are you ready for Earth Day? Earth Day is April 22nd and is a day to bring awareness to the health and well-being of the earth. Pollution, warming temperatures, deforestation, over farming, and litter are just a few examples of the issues affecting our planet. Let’s show appreciation to the earth and also adopt some new eco-friendly habits to invest in our planet!  Ride your bike or take public transportation. The fewer cars on the road, the less carbon emissions are released into the air. Use reusable bags. It’s estimated that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year. Production of plastic bags uses a ton of natural resources, which are finite. When plastic bags are thrown away, they take […]

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Lifecycle of an Aluminum Can

April 6, 2022

Aluminum is one of the most recyclable materials, and aluminum cans are sustainable, convenient, and strong. Have you ever wondered what happens to aluminum cans after you put them into your recycling cart? This post will teach you all of the steps involved in recycling aluminum cans.    Used Cans After you put aluminum cans into your recycling cart, a recycling facility separates the cans from other recyclables and sends them to an aluminum refining plant. Melting Process and Reformation All cans are cleaned by machinery and melted into a solid form called an ingot. Then, a machine heats this aluminum again and presses it thin. This sheet is punched into circles and called “blanks.” Forming New Cans Each blank […]

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Peoria Pride

March 30, 2022

Waste collection might not seem like something to celebrate. However, Peoria’s waste collection services—provided by GFL Environment—rival those of other cities across the state and country. To start, there’s only one annual fee for residential recycling, trash, and yard waste pickup. The fee is set based on residence type and billed to the property owner. So the fee of a single family will be different than that of a duplex or quadplex. Here is what’s included in your annual fee as a Peoria resident.   Trash – Unlimited weekly collection (one 95-gallon cart provided) and unlimited bulky waste Recycling – Every other week collection (up to two 95-gallon carts) Yard Waste – Unlimited every week collection from mid-March to mid-December (residents […]

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Spring Yard Waste and HHW Disposal

March 23, 2022

Spring cleaning means cleaning out your house, garage, and yard. Yard waste collection started again last week. So, if you’re cleaning up your yard after the winter, your yard waste will have a place to go.  You can use yard waste bags or plastic or metal trash carts between 40 and 45 gallons in size, with two handles and a tight fitting lid to hold your yard waste. Non-City of Peoria wheeled carts that are either 65 or 95 gallon size are also acceptable, but cans and carts should be labeled with “Yard Waste Only” stickers. Labels are available at City Hall, Public Works or local GFL Environment locations. Your yard waste is collected the same day your trash is […]

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Spring Cleaning Guide: Bulky Waste

March 16, 2022

It’s time for spring cleaning! You might soon be going through your possessions and deciding if it’s time to get rid of old things. For example, you might have an old mattress or a beat up side table that you don’t have any more use for. Good news! As part of your annual fee, GFL—Peroia’s waste collection company—will haul away bulky waste for you.  Bulky waste is generally items too big to fit inside your trash cart, such as furniture, mattresses, building materials and other big items. Simply place these items neatly next to your cart with three feet of separation at your curb or alley on your scheduled pickup day.  If your item can fit in a bag, please […]

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Yard Waste Collection Resumes

March 7, 2022

Yard waste collection begins March 14, 2022.  Yard waste items include grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs, and brush. Yard waste must be set out for collection in one of the following options: Plastic or metal garbage cans that are between 40 and 45 gallons in size, with two handles, and a tight-fitting lid. Wheeled carts that are either 65 or 95-gallon size. Residents are advised not to use the City of Peoria trash cans for yard waste. The limbs and branches can damage the carts and shorten the usage time of the carts. Paper yard waste bags that do not exceed 30 pounds in weight. Tree limbs and sticks can be wrapped with nonmetallic cord, like twine. The limbs and […]

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