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In a curbside recycling program, recyclable materials (such as cans and plastic bottles) are placed in a special container at the curb for pickup by a recycling truck. A drop-off recycling program provides a center where citizens can transport (drop off) their recyclable materials.
Buying a recycled product is referred to as “closing the loop” because it completes the recycling process. The recycling process includes three steps:
Merely collecting recyclables is not enough; we must buy recycled products in order to create markets. A recycled product is made from a material that was once something else (such as recycled polyester carpet is made from plastic bottles).
In Pasco you can purchase your own or use an existing permanent container. You can use a bin, a can or a cart. You must use a reflective recycling sticker on your container that you get from your trash hauler. The Residential Curbside Recycling Program is available to singe-family residential units or multifamily units being serviced as a single-family. This means that if you are paying for twice-a-week curbside garbage pickup, you already have recycling service at least twice a month. Recycling is voluntary, but we encourage you to participate in order to help reduce our waste stream. Your garbage hauler is required to provide you with a schedule for your recyclable pickups: it may or may not be on the same day as your garbage pickup. We recycle the following items: aluminum cans; metal cans (food cans); Codes #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #7 plastic; and paper and cardboard. Please remove caps and/or lids, and clean/rinse your items. Put everything in the same recycling container and place your recycling at the curb the night before your recycling pick-up day.