It Pays to Recycle in Wilmington
Keep it handy throughout the year so you’ll be prepared each week to place your trash and recyclable materials at the curb for collection by the Department of Public Works.
Recycling collection in the City of Wilmington is divided geographically. If you live east of I-95, follow Route A for Monday collection. If you live west of I-95, follow Route B for Tuesday collection.
Sanitation Collection Schedule
Week of June 27, 2016
How Does It Work?
A resident signs up for the Recyclebank® program and receives a recycle container with wheels. On scheduled recycling days, when the Recyclebank® truck picks-up the container, it is weighed and a bar code associated with the residence is scanned. Participants are then credited a certain dollar amount for every pound of recyclables they provide.
Preparing Your Recyclables
- Place all recyclables materials into the RecycleBank bin.
- Any used food containers should be cleaned before placing them in the bin.
- Cans must be placed for pick-up before 4:00 a.m. on the day of collection, but not before 6:00 p.m. on the day before collection.
- Cans must be removed no later than 6:00 p.m. on the day trash is collected.
- Each can and its contents must weigh less than 50 pounds.
What Goes IN Your Recycle Bin
- PLASTICS: Plastic food and beverage containers. Look for the recycling symbol on the container with the number 1, 2, 4, 5 or 7 in the triangle
- PAPER: Newspapers, magazines, brochures, junk mail, greeting cards, phone books, paper back books, file folders, office paper, folded or crushed paper bags
- CARDBOARD: Corrugated boxes, cardboard beverage carriers, dry food cartons and boxes, paper towel and toilet tissue rolls
- CANS: Aluminum, metal cans, metal jar lids, steel bottle caps, foil
- GLASS: Bottles and jars (without tops), food containers, beverage containers
What Stays OUT of Your Recycle Bin (and goes into your trash):
- PLASTICS: Styrofoam, hard plastics with no number (like patio chairs), plastic bags, plastic film, VCR tapes, electronics (phones and computers), take-out food styrofoam containers, plant containers
- PAPER: Shredded paper, waxed paper, stickers, labels
- CARDBOARD: Waxed cardboard, take-out food containers, greasy pizza boxes
- CANS: Paint cans, scrap metal, oil and cleansers, electronic waste, batteries
- GLASS: Mirrors, window panes, ceramics, pyrex dishware, glass
Keep all of your recyclables LOOSE in the bin – do not put them in any kind of bag (even paper bags).
For further questions on what can or can't be recycled, or any questions about the Recyclebank® program, visit www.recyclebank.com or call 1-888-727-2978.
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