What if my recycling container is not big enough?
If you consistently find that your container is not large enough for the amount of recyclables your household generates, first let’s determine if you are recycling properly. Below is a list of some items that people incorrectly place in their recycling containers:

  • Styrofoam
  • Yard waste (please compost)
  • Wood
  • Metals other than household cans
  • Plastic bags (please take to the grocery store to recycle)
  • Plastics other than bottles, jugs and jars
  • Clothing and/or shoes (please donate if still in good condition)

If you are recycling correctly, and you consistently find that your recycling container is not large enough, we can provide a 2nd black recycling bin if you receive manual collection with an 18-gallon black bin, or we can upgrade your blue recycling cart from 64-gallon to 95-gallon. Residents who already have a 95 gallon cart, who are recycling properly, and still need more recycling space on a consistent basis can get a second recycling cart. There is no charge for this nor does it affect the Solid Waste fee. Please call 757-933-2311 for more information.

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1. What materials are accepted in the recycling containers?
2. Why can't we put plastic bags in the recycling cart?
3. What do I do with extra recycling, such as cardboard, that won't fit inside the blue cart? Can I put it in a bag next to the cart?
4. What if the lid comes off my blue recycling cart?
5. What if I forget to set my blue recycling cart out on the day of my collection? Will they come by and collect it the following week?
6. What if my recycling container did not get emptied on my regular collection day, and I had my container out at the curb by 7 AM?
7. What if my recycling container is not big enough?
8. What happens if someone puts trash in their recycling container?
9. What time will they be by my house to collect my recycling container?
10. What if the recycling container is just too big for my backyard or garage and I don't want it.
11. If I choose not to recycle, does my solid waste user fee go down?
12. Can I put yard waste in my recycling container?
13. Are Pizza boxes recyclable?
14. Why don’t you list the recycling numbers for the plastics?