Curbside vs. Drop Off – What Goes Where?
The city of Peoria offers one of the best trash and recycling programs in the area. However, some items should NOT be placed in your recycling cart.
See below to learn what items can go in the recycling cart, what is yard waste, what are bulky items, and where everything else can go.
Many items can go into your recycling cart and later transformed into a new product.
As always, make sure they are empty, rinsed out, and dry.
- Aluminum and steel cans
- Read Yes, Peoria Picks Up! – Cans for more information
- Food and beverage cartons
- Bottles and jars
- Newspaper, magazines, mixed paper
- Cardboard – be sure to flatten to save space
- Plastic Containers
- Kitchen, laundry, and bath bottles and containers
Did you know that there are materials that should not go in your recycling cart?
One of the most common are plastic bags. These are not recyclable and should go to a retail drop-off location. Many stores offer collection points near their entrances.
Visit Recycling for more details.
Yard Waste Collection
Fall is on the way, which means more yard waste. Grass clippings, leaves and tree limbs/brush are all acceptable. Visit Yard Waste to learn about the approved yard waste containers and bundle requirements.
Bulky waste are items too large to fit inside your trash carts, such as furniture, mattresses, building materials, and other big items. These items can be set out at the curb or alley on your pickup day, at least three feet away from the collection carts. The biggest rule of thumb with bulky waste – if it can go in a bag, bag it.
That covers a lot of the items you will typically need to get rid of on a regular basis, but there are other items that should not go in the trash or recycling cart, and not set out as bulky waste. Some of the most common include:
- Electronics (computers, televisions, cell phones, etc.)
- Lithium batteries
- Fluorescent tubes or bulbs
- Propane tanks
- Hazardous waste (motor oils, antifreeze, etc.)
So where do those materials go? Peoria County can help. Visit their Recycling Locations page for drop-off locations for these materials and many others.
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