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OKC’s ‘Little Blue’ recycling ends June 1, new large cart service begins in July

Post Date:05/18/2018 10:23 AM

A longtime icon of Oklahoma City neighborhoods will soon be a thing of the past when the City retires its “Little Blue” recycling bin on June 1 to make way for its new large-cart recycling program starting in early July.

All curbside recycling will be suspended in June while crews transition to the new program. Recycling will resume in early July with every-other-week pickup.

Regular weekly trash pickup and monthly bulky waste pickup will not change.

The City will notify customers of their new recycling pickup days in their June water bill, and through a direct mail campaign. Starting June 1, customers can look up their new pickup dates at okc.gov/mytrashday.

During June, customers can take their recycling to the Waste Management Materials Recovery Facility at 5519 NW 4th Street, or to other local facilities that accept recyclable items.

“We recognize this may be a bump in the road for people as we make this transition,” said Utilities Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Linn. “But it’s absolutely necessary to get the new fleet out on the streets and ensure the drivers are ready to roll with the new program.”

Customers can keep their “Little Blue” bin, or put it inside their new large green cart to be recycled.

The City began delivering the large green carts to more than 193,000 Oklahoma City residential recycling customers Feb. 26. The new carts hold about five times more recyclable materials than “Little Blue,” and have a lid to keep them in the cart when it’s windy.

Rural recycling centers to open

Rural customers in eastern Oklahoma City who are not eligible for curbside pickup are getting upgraded recycling services from two new drop-off centers opening in July.

The centers are at NE 63rd Street and Westminster Road, and SE 74th Street and Douglas Boulevard. They will accept the same recyclable materials as the curbside program.

“We’ve been working towards this launch for several years,” Linn said. “The crews are excited, and based upon the positive response we’ve heard from the community, our customers are excited too.”

Visit okc.gov/recycle for details

Recycling 101

The new green carts are for recyclable materials only. They aren’t for regular household trash, yard waste or hazardous waste.

Customers should place recyclable materials loose, not bagged, in their carts or the drop-off dumpsters.

To ensure pickup, curbside customers should have their cart at the curbside no later than 6 a.m. on their pickup day.

Approved recyclable materials include:

  • office paper, newspaper, junk mail, phone books and paperback books;
  • glass bottles and jars (rinsed and drained);
  • aluminum foil and foil products, steel food cans (rinsed and drained, labels can stay on);
  • plastic kitchen, laundry and bathroom containers (emptied and rinsed with lids back on);
  • cardboard, including cereal and food boxes, and corrugated cardboard (flattened, clean and free from food and grease residue);
  • paper cartons such as milk or juice cartons, frozen food boxes.

Materials NOT accepted include:

  • plastic bags (including plastic grocery bags, dry cleaning bags or trash bags);
  • Styrofoam products and packing materials;
  • plastic containers from hazardous waste products like motor oils or household poisons;
  • window or mirror glass, automotive glass, ceramics or heat-resistant kitchen glass;
  • yard waste like grass clippings and tree or landscape trimmings;
  • tires and automotive parts;
  • medical waste.

Call Utilities Customer Service at (405) 297-2833 or visit okc.gov/recycle for general recycling program information. Visit okc.gov/mytrashday to find your trash, recycling and bulky waste pick-up schedule.

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Media Contact
Jennifer McClintock
(405) 297-3363 / (405) 464-9288
jennifer.mcclintock@okc.gov

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