Curbside Recycling

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The Sanitation Division is the exclusive provider of residential recycling collection services in the Newton community. By city ordinance, recycling is required of all residential households. This includes single-family homes, apartments, condominiums and other multi-family units. The service features curbside single-stream recycling to make it easy for everyone to participate.

All designated recyclable materials go into one rollout cart that we provide. Use the rollout cart to store your recycled materials in any convenient place behind the front line of your home. Recycling is collected at the curb on a weekly schedule on the same day as trash collection. When setting out for pickup, be sure to leave at least 3 feet of space between your carts for automated loading.

If you generate more recyclable material than the cart will hold, please continue to separate your recyclables into plastic bags and set them out near your recycle cart on collection day. You may also check with us for cart sizing options if you routinely exceed your storage capacity.

Carts at curbIf you move, please leave your City-issued containers behind in a visible location so we can pick them up and prepare them for re-issue.

What to recycle

Why recycle

Recycling Tips

  • Rinse, then recycle. Remove all food residue from cans, bottles and jars.
  • Remove plastic caps and lids and discard in the trash. Bottle rings are OK.
  • Can lids can be recycled.
  • Leave labels on.
  • Recycle only clean paper and cardboard. No soiled or degrease-stained material can be accepted.
  • Protect your identity. Documents containing information that could be used to identify you are not required to be recycled.
  • Shredded paper is not recyclable.
  • No need to bag recyclables in the cart.
  • Leave at least 3 feet of separation between your carts for automated loading.
  • Scavenging recyclables is against the law. Report offenders to 911 or the Sanitation Division.