In July of 2007, the City took over the collection and disposal of the recycling services for residents and businesses. Curb-side recycling collection from single family and townhomes is collected once per week by the City's recycling crew; condominiums and businesses are collected on Wednesday. With the introduction of single-stream collection started in January of 2007, residents no longer have to separate their plastics, metal and glass from their paper products. All recyclable materials may be placed in one bin. All residents of single family and townhomes are required by City Ordinance to recycle. Residents of multi-family residences (apartments) are also expected to recycle. For more information about recycling programs for apartments, please contact the Department of Public Works. To find out which day is your recycling day please view our Recycling Map.
While the biggest improvement in the recycling program has been single-stream collection, the City has continued to expand the recycling program in several ways -- plastic recycling now includes both narrow necked and wide-mouth colored and clear plastic bottles with a "1" through "7" recycling symbol on the bottom; cardboard boxes no longer have to be cut down to 2 feet by 2 feet and residents now are allowed to have more than one recycling bin and a 35-gallon toter is available to those residents who need more than two bins.
How to prepare recycled materials . . .
Recycling Paper Materials . . .
The City's program provides collection for most paper materials, including newspaper, newspaper inserts, corrugated and lightweight cardboard, junk mail, telephone books, computer paper, magazines and books.
Recycle plastic bottles made of clear HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) and clear or colored PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) plastics. HDPE is the material used in jugs for milk, water and fruit juices. PET is the plastic used in soda bottles.
Plastic manufacturers have adopted a code to help identify these materials. The code is a triangle, usually found molded into the bottom of the container, made of arrows with a number in the middle. Narrow neck plastic containers with the recycling symbol and the numbers 1 through 7 are acceptable for recycling. The City's program can also accept aseptic/gable-top milk and juice cartons and plastic bags/wrap. Please empty and rinse all containers and place all bags in one bag for disposal (do not place individual plastics bags/wrap in the bin).
Recycle all unbroken food and beverage jars and bottles made of glass that is clear, green or brown. All containers must be empty and rinsed with all lids and caps removed. For the safety of the collection crews, we cannot handle broken glass. Place glass in the bin to protect it from breakage. Please do not include ceramics, window panes, dishes, light bulbs, mirror or any other type of glass.
Recycle all food and beverage cans made of metal. This includes aluminum, steel and bi-metal cans such as soda cans, soup cans, vegetable cans, pet food cans, etc. All cans must be empty and rinsed. Aerosol cans with less than 5% content is acceptable for recycling.
For further information regarding preparing your recyclable materials, please refer to the 2010 Resident Information (page 8) or call the Department of Public Works 301-725-0088.
Additional City-Offered Recycling Programs
Electronic Recycling Program
The City of Laurel now recycles all electronics. Residents can SAVE a trip to Brown Station Landfill and SAVE the environment by recycling their electronics. All electronics (CD-ROM/DVD Drive, computers, fax machines, monitors, printers, scanners, and video equipment), can be picked up during the City’s regularly scheduled residential special pickup days. Please inform the Department of Public Works when you are scheduling your appointment that there will be electronic recycling with your pickup and please separate your electronics. A $5.00 fee per item will be added to the base fee of $10 for the Residential Special Pickup.
CFL Light Bulb Recycling
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs contain a small amount of mercury and cannot be placed in regular household refuse or special pickup collections. The Department of Public Works has initiated a recycling program to collect used and broken bulbs. If the bulbs are broken, put the pieces in a glass container, place the glass container with the waste material in a plastic bag marked with an “X” and place next to your recycling container on your recycling day. For large tube bulbs contact the Department of Public Works at 301-725-0088 to make special arrangements and for additional information regarding the safe handling of CFL bulbs.
Household batteries can contain many different components that are considered toxic. Improper disposal of batteries (throwing them away in your trash collection) can cause serious environmental and health problems. The Department of Public Works now offers residents a battery recycling collection. Residents that have batteries to dispose of should call Public Works to let us know you will have batteries. The batteries should be placed in a plastic bag and put next to your recycling container on your recycling day. Your recycling crew will collect the batteries and safely dispose of them. Types of batteries that can be collected are alkaline, NiCad, lead acid, lithium and zinc-carbon.
REDUCE! Buy bulk sized products. This will reduce the packaging you buy then throw away!
REUSE! Instead of using foil, plastic wrap or plastic bags, reuse food containers!
BUY RECYCLED! Buying products packaged in recycled containers drives up the market for recyclable materials, a significant component in a successful recycling process!
Recycling is EASY, ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMICAL.