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What can I put in my curbside recycling container?

Acceptable items

Paper

  • Newspaper including adds and inserts
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Direct mail
  • Chipboard (such as cereal, cracker and shoe boxes)
  • Copier and printer paper, file folders, note paper, computer paper, brochures
  • Magazines, catalogs and phone books

Metal

  • Steel (tin) cans
  • Aluminum Cans

Plastic

  • #1 PET and #2 HDPE soda bottles, water bottles, milk jugs, orange juice bottles, detergent and cleaning solution bottles

Unacceptable items

  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Trash bags
  • Plastic film of all kinds
  • #3-#7 plastic items
  • Misc. plastic items, including flower pots, toys, buckets, laundry baskets
  • Paper milk and juice cartons
  • Shredded paper
  • Trash
  • Medical waste
  • Diapers
  • Fabric
  • Wire
  • Rope
  • Chain
  • Garden hoses
  • Christmas lights
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Food-soiled paper and cardboard
  • Paper towels, tissues and napkins
  • Food waste
  • Branches, grass, or other yard waste
  • Styrofoam (containers, blocks, or pellets)
  • Plastic cups, plates, utensils and take-out containers
  • Light bulbs (incandescent or fluorescent)
  • Toxic containers (antifreeze, oil, etc; put in garbage if empty, or take to HHW if full)
  • Lids and caps
  • Window glass and mirrors
  • Ceramics, dishes, and glassware

When is my recycling picked up?

Recycling is picked up every other week. BDI collects your recyclables on the same weekday as your garbage service, except in some annexed areas, where the recycling is picked up on a different day than garbage.


Recycling guidelines

  • Container must be at the curb by 7 a.m.
  • Container must be at least 3 feet away from obstacles such as cars, utility poles, and other containers; please keep containers clear of overhead obstacles including tree limbs, roof overhangs, and basketball hoops as well.
  • Container must be placed with the lid opening toward the street
  • Do not place additional items on the ground beside your container; they will not be picked up
  • Do not wedge cardboard in the container or it may not empty properly
  • Do not use or place plastic bags in your container
  • Do not place household hazardous waste items in your container; take them to the Sudbury Household Hazardous Waste Facility for disposal
  • If your collection falls on a holiday, your container will be serviced the following business day
  • If you move away, leave your cart for the next customer.


Electronic recycling

You can drop off electronics (including computer towers, monitors, cables, laptops, and televisions) for free at the following disposal locations:

  • CEP Recycle – corner of West Rose and 13th Avenue – 509.200.1100
  • Goodwill Industries – 217 E. Alder Street – 509.525.5992
  • Lillie Rice – 2616 E. Isaacs Avenue – 509.525.5433 Ext. 109
  • Walla Walla Recycling – North 13th Avenue and Elm Street – 509.525.1482

Recycling history & facts

State-mandated solid waste planning requires that every municipality and county develop recycling service programs to divert waste from landfills. As part of the 1994 Walla Walla County Solid Waste Management Plan update, city residents were surveyed on how they would like recycling implemented – curbside pickup or a depot drop-off system. The majority of respondents indicated curbside recycling was preferred and the city began the curbside collection of commingled recycling in 1996. In order to make the program affordable, the city elected to make the monthly rate applicable for all residential customers in dwellings up to 10 units in size. Learn more about Solid Waste Planning.

Since the automated collection service was implemented in 2010, we have collected over 13 million pounds of recyclables from residents, off-setting approximately 19,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions that would have resulted if that material had been disposed of in the landfill rather than being recycled.

Glass was collected curbside until May 2007 when it was deemed necessary to keep glass out of the collection to preserve the value of the material. Depots were established to collect glass which was taken to a bottle manufacturer in the Portland area until 2008 when it became too costly to transport the material to market due to the low commodity price that was paid for the material. Glass was stockpiled at the Sudbury Landfill until July 2012 when the collection program was suspended because no beneficial and economical reuse could be found for the material. The city's citizen advisory committee on Sustainability continues to look for new opportunities to recycle glass and work with community stakeholders to identify feasible programs.