Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling More & Recycling Right
Earth Day started on April 22, 1970, which is two years after the City of Madison began our recycling program.
Take a moment today to get reacquainted with Earth Day’s older sibling, the City of Madison’s recycling program.
Recycling is very easy, but the stuff in our lives can be complicated, so some of things that appear to be recyclable actually can’t be in our curbside collection carts. For example, did you know that single-use coffee pods go into the trash and not the recycling? It’s true.
And over the years the rules for recycling have changed. Did you know that most recyclables do not need to be bagged when placed into the curbside collection cart? That’s true, too.
Placing the correct items into the carts the correct way is very important. Following the rules and guidelines is the best way to help the recycling system.
Residents who would like more detail on recycling rules and opportunities, download our Recyclopedia. Or pick up a paper copy of the booklet at a local Madison Public Library branch. Paper copies can also be mailed upon request by contacting the Streets Division.
Every collection day, recycling carts are full with all the paper, plastic, glass, and metal items we can accept. This is great.
But some carts are overstuffed, with material piled so high that the cart lid cannot close. That can be a problem.
When recycling cart lids are left open, rain and other moisture can get inside and ruin the paper within. And when recycling is piled so high that the lid cannot close, it increases the chances the material inside will blow around the neighborhood, creating an unsightly mess.
Recycle Even More
We are very fortunate in Madison to have the opportunity to recycle so much. With a trip to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites you can recycle so many things you cannot recycle at home, such as electronics, Styrofoam, cooking oil, household batteries, and more.
Residents can also contact the City of Madison Streets Division for more recycling information. Residents who live east of South Park Street, including the isthmus, should call 608-246-4532. Residents west of South Park Street should call 608-266-4681.
- Bryan Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org