Starting in the late spring/early summer of 2013, the City will phase in a new collection system to offer the convenience of recycling from home. Until then residents are encouraged to take advantage of our two convenient drop-off locations.
City Of Yuma's Curbside Recycling Service starts in May 2013
The City is about to begin the curbside recycling program approved by City Council on Jan. 16, 2013. Single-family home residents will receive 96-gallon blue recycling containers during a 14-week rollout period beginning May 13. Take a look at our curbside recycling map to see when your neighborhood will receive a container. The program features:
- The recycling containers will be delivered to residents at no charge.
- Once-a-week recycling pickup, either on Thursdays or Fridays. (Regular garbage pickup will take place as it does now, either on Mondays and Tuesdays.)
- All recyclables go in the blue container - no sorting required.
- The transport of recyclables to the materials recovery facility.
Will Recycling Be Mandatory?
The City does not require participation in the curbside recycling program, but does encourage recycling to help reduce pollution, extend the life of our landfill and conserve natural resources.
Why Should I Recycle?
In addition to reducing pollution and need for additional landfills, other reasons to recycle include:
- The City will save money by depositing less into the landfill.
- When the City saves money in its solid waste fund, it serves as a buffer against a need to raise the solid waste fee on your City services bill.
How To Recycle
The City of Yuma provides co-mingled curbside recycling, meaning all accepted recyclable materials can be placed together in a single container. There is no need to bag recyclables or separate them by type.
- Recyclables should be washed out to prevent contamination; the cleaner the recyclable the more value it has.
- Break down cardboard boxes into smaller pieces.
- You do NOT have to separate your recyclables. You can deposit them loosely into your blue container.
What Can I Place In The Blue Recycling Container?
- Aluminum and steel cans: beverage cans, soup cans, vegetable cans, pet food cans, used foil and foil pie plates.
- Cardboard: old cartons, toy and product packaging, corrugated boxes, cereal boxes, soft drink boxes and other boxes.
- Paper: newspapers, magazines, catalog books, glossy sales papers, junk mail, phonebooks and directories.
- Plastics (types 1-7): milk and juice containers, plastic bottles, detergent bottles, hard plastics, buckets and any other household plastics with the numbers 1-7 inside the triangular recycling symbol typically printed on the lower side of plastic products.
- Glass: glass containers and jars; clear, brown, blue and green.
What Should NOT Be Recycled?
Please do NOT place the following item in your recycle container or leave them at our drop-off recycling locations.
- Bubble wrap
- Food waste or food-soiled paper
- Hazardous waste
- Plastic bags
- Toxic containers
- Yard waste or grass cuttings
City of Yuma residents and visitors are also encouraged to take advantage of our two convenient drop-off locations:
The bins at both sites are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information about the City of Yuma's recycling program, please call (928) 373-4504 or e-mail the Solid Waste Division of Public Works.
Please check your local phone listings for other recycling options.