Central Business District Wet-Dry Recycling

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Since a lot of our trash is recyclable, separating waste into wet and dry components at the source keeps more of it out of the landfill! In a Wet Dry system, all the dry waste has the potential to be recycled as long as it's not contaminated by wet waste. No more recyclable material going to the landfill just because it was dropped in the wrong bin!

 

Restaurants & Coffee Shops 

Wet Dry Diagram restaurants

Wet Waste: Food, liquids, used paper towels and napkins 
  • Collected in brown carts provided by WestRock Recycling (formerly QRS). Brown carts will be replaced with black city garbage carts. 
  • Beginning July 31, 2019 - use heavy-duty plastic bags in the brown carts; material will be taken to landfill and carts will NOT be replaced with clean ones.
Dry Waste: Everything else
  • Empty all containers of food and liquid; the container is then Dry Waste
  • Collected in clear bags or loose, placed in the orange carts provided by the Department of Public Works
Wet Waste (True Trash): Restroom and dining area trash
  • Beginning July 31, 2019 - these bags may be placed with food waste. If included in the orange carts, use black bags as noted below:
  • Collected in black bags (NOT placed inside a larger clear bag), placed in the orange carts provided by Department of Public Works
  • If customers produce a large amount of recyclable waste, a second "recycle" bin lined with a clear bag is recommended
**Restaurants using the waste corral under the 2nd Street bridge have small dumpsters for trash and an area for cardboard recycling. Contact Karen Maynard regarding this location.**

 

Non-Food-Generating BusinessesWet Dry Diagram non-restaurants

Wet Waste (True Trash): Food, liquids, used paper towels and napkins, restroom and break room trash
  • Collected in black bags (NOT placed inside a larger clear bag), placed in the orange carts provided by Department of Public Works
Dry Waste: Everything else
  • Empty all containers of food and liquid; the container is then Dry Waste
  • Collected in clear bags or loose, placed in the orange carts provided by the Department of Public Works
 

What Happens Next?

Wet organic material from the brown or black carts is now taken to the landfill as of  July 31, 2019.

Dry material and true trash from the orange carts are sorted at the recycling center. Non-recyclable material and black bagged trash is taken to the landfill.  

 

More questions? Contact Karen Maynard