Curbside recycling is one component of the Integrated Solid Waste Management System approved by voters in 1991. All Springfield waste haulers are required to offer curbside recycling. It is convenient, saving your time, gasoline, and storage space. Items accepted are newsprint, glass, tin/steel cans, aluminum cans, pop bottles, and milk jugs. Call your waste hauler for specifics.
Recycling is Easy...
Setting up and maintaining a home recycling center is fast and simple. The time required per household is approximately two minutes per day. The amount of space required to store recyclables for an entire month is about a 3' x 3' area (in a garage, on the porch, in the pantry, under the sink, in a corner of the kitchen, etc.). Some Springfield waste haulers provide convenient recycling bins, or you can store your recyclables in sturdy boxes or buckets.
Preparing Your Recyclables
Contamination of materials is the number one problem with recycling. Below are general guidelines. Check with your waste hauler for specific guidelines.
- Aluminum cans
- Rinse. Crush to save space.
- Tin/steel cans
- These typical food containers are 99% steel, 1% tin and will be attracted by a magnet.
- Rinse. Place lids inside cans. No need to remove labels.
- Do not recycle cans used for chemicals.
- Glass containers (food and beverage only)
- Rinse. No need to remove labels.
- Very important-remove all metal/plastic caps and rings; discard appropriately.
- Do not recycle broken glass, window glass, drinking glasses, Pyrex, glass used for chemicals, light bulbs, mirrors, or ceramics.
- Remove slick paper. Place newspaper in paper grocery bags.
- If your recyclables pickup day is a very wet day, store your newspapers until the next dry pickup day.
- Do not include junk mail, telephone books or magazines in your curbside bin. These items, along with other mixed paper, are accepted at the City's Recycling Centers.
- Plastic containers
- Recycle only #1 (pop bottles) and #2 (milk jugs) clear containers. Look for the number on the bottom of the container.
- Rinse. Remove lids and rings. Flatten to save space. No need to remove labels.
- Some waste haulers accept #2 colored containers.
Additional items, including other types of plastics, cardboard, pasteboard (cereal boxes, etc.), and mixed paper are accepted at the City's Recycling Centers.
- Precycling is an important step in reducing the solid waste stream. Buy products with minimal packaging.
- Colored glass, plastic and paper are not as recyclable because dyes are a contaminant. Buy clear containers when possible.
- Glass, aluminum and tin cans may be recycled 100% over and over again.