Edmond has one of the top recycling programs in the country, with over 94% of all homes participating in the program. (The national average is 50%). The big blue 96 gallon polycarts are picked up every two weeks and taken to a recycling center in Oklahoma City, where the contents are hand-sorted, packaged and then sold to manufacturers for reuse. For example, 55% of all plastic bottles are reused to make carpet and aluminum cans will be back on the shelf within 60 days.
Edmond Recycling Essentials
To make the process efficient and cost-effective for our city, it is important to know the essentials of Edmond’s recycling program.
Only place allowed items in recycling bin
Because of the hand-sorting process at the recycling center, it is important to only place allowable items in the recycling bins. Failure to do so can result in the entire load being rejected and sent to the local landfill – defeating the purpose of recycling. You can find a complete list of what IS allowed, as well as examples of what is NOT allowed, at edmondok.com/edmondrecycles.
Below are a few examples of what NOT to place in the blue recycling containers:
- Packing material
- Hazardous waste
- Yard waste
- Chemical containers
- Plastic wrap
- Styrofoam egg cartons
- Used paper towels
- Light bulbs
- Plastic shopping bags
All items need to be cleaned, dry and no food debris
Be sure that all items placed your recycling bin is clean of food debris. Want to toss that Starbucks cup in the recycling bin? Empty it and rinse in the sink before tossing in the recycling bin.
Do not bag recyclables
Do not place your recyclables in trash bags. The items must be placed loose in the big blue recycling container so that workers can easily sort the items at the Oklahoma City recycling center. If you place your items in trash bags and then into the blue poly containers, the entire truck load of recycling items can be rejected and sent to the OKC area landfill.
Place cart at curb by 7 am
Your blue polycart is picked up by the recycling truck at your curb every two weeks at the same time as your trash pickup. Make sure your cart is at the curb by 7 am since the recycling truck comes by earlier than the garbage truck. Be sure and leave 3′ between each cart and any mailboxes, vehicles or other obstructions.
Below is a short video produced by the Edmond sanitation department showing the essentials of recycling in Edmond, Oklahoma: