REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE. TOGETHER.
Between caring for family, staying on top of work projects, and finding time to catch up with friends, it’s hard to balance all the moving parts. In fact, the mere thought of adding one more “to-do” on that never-ending list may seem intimidating. That’s why we try to make waste disposal as simple as possible― and yes, we mean recycling too!
Our planet needs all of us to incorporate more sustainable practices into our everyday life, and recycling some of your waste is a relatively simple way to do it. First, let’s talk about how PDC/AREA handles recycling services!
How can I recycle?
Single stream recycling is a system in which all recyclable materials (paper, plastic, and metal) can be collected together and separated at a recycling facility, making it even easier for the consumer (that’s you!) to do their part. Once your recyclables arrive at the recycling facility, it's sorted and organized by trained sorters and state-of-the-art machines. To make the process even simpler, we’ve created a phrase to help you remember the basics of preparing your recyclables for collection.
Clean It. Check It. Curb It. Your new recycling motto.
- Clean it. Bottles and containers should be washed of any substances before placement in the bin. Double-check to make sure all recyclables are clear of any liquids, food remnants, or debris.
- Check it. Double-check that all your materials are recyclable. If you’re not sure about an item, check out the list of recycling do's and don'ts below!
- Curb it. Collect your items in a central area of your home/business before placing them in your curbside bin.
Pro-Tip: You do not need to contain your recyclables in plastic bags for collection. In fact, we prefer you to leave the items loose in your PDC/AREA recycling bin― simply roll it to the curb on recycling day and we’ll take care of the rest!
What can I recycle?
Together, PDC/AREA has recycled more than 40,000 tons of material― keeping all of it out of landfills! Let’s keep up our hard work by understanding exactly what items can be recycled with us.
- Office Paper
- Junk Mail
- Phone Books
Jugs, Jars & Containers
- Water Bottles
- Milk Jugs
- Laundry Detergent Bottles
- Plastic Jars
- Beverage Bottles
- Aluminum Beverage Cans
- Food Cans
- Scrap Metal
- File Folders
- Poster Board
- Frozen Food Boxes
- Cardboard Boxes
- Shipping Boxes
PLEASE DO NOT
- Plastic Grocery Bags
- Aerosol Cans
- Diapers (dirty or clean)
- Food Waste
- Holiday Lights
Personal Care Products
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
In the community, work, or home, you can follow these simple reminders to help us create a more sustainable future. Unsure about an item’s ability to be recycled? Please reach out to your local office for individual guidelines.
Responses to frequently asked questions.
Myth Crushers: Ins & Outs of Recycling
Myth! Cans and bottles can retain their original shape and still be properly recycled at our facility.
Truth! We prefer items to be loosely collected in the designated bin and simply rolled out to the curb on recycling day.
Myth! Please rinse and dry any food residue from containers before throwing in the bin.
Truth! We ask that you never recycle any of these items to avoid causing contamination with other recyclables in the program.
Myth! Our machines would not be able to properly detect the item for proper sorting.
Truth! We cannot properly recycle plastic shopping bags, but your local grocers and retailers will take back old plastic bags and recycle them properly.