Why isn’t there more information on what plastics can’t go in the cart?

The only items that are being excluded (that were included before) are plastic containers such as yogurt cups and clamshells because there simply isn’t a market for those materials at this time. The good news is that these are a small percentage of our recycling stream. All of the items that we currently accept have always made up the majority of the items in the cart.

We are simply asking folks to pay attention to the shape of the plastic rather than the number to keep it simple and minimize confusion. We accept any plastic bottles and jugs (water bottles, sports drink bottles, laundry detergent containers, shampoo bottles and any other plastic container with a neck). This does include #1 and #2 plastics but those numbers on the bottoms of containers can be misleading and were created by the plastics industry to identify the chemical compounds that the materials are made of. The best way for consumers to recycle correctly it to pay attention to the shape.

Plastic bottles and jugs are the only ones that are marketable for recycling. The recycling industry is working hard to look for new markets so as they become available, we will definitely be adding more materials back into the stream.

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1. What can I put in my cart?
2. Can I still recycle my yogurt cups?
3. Can I put shredded paper in the curbside recycling cart?
4. Which plastic numbers does the County accept?
5. Why can’t I recycle #3-7 plastics?
6. Why isn’t there more information on what plastics can’t go in the cart?
7. Where can I find more information about the Curbside Recycling Program?
8. Why can’t I recycle plastics without a neck if they are #1 or #2?
9. Does the County accept the same items as recyclable at our convenience centers and for curbside collection or are different items allowed?
10. What Color are the James City County Recycling Carts? Also, what size do they come in?
11. Will TFC service my personal recycling cart?
12. What time does my recycling cart have to be curbside?
13. If I forget to bring my cart outside by 7 a.m. on my collection day, will TFC come back to service me?
14. What if my items are out by 7 a.m. and I am not serviced?
15. Will TFC remove my items if they are on the ground? What is the correct way to remove items? Do they service the small recycling containers?
16. Can TFC or a JCC employee remove recycling items or products from other provided companies?
17. Can James City County service my trash and recycling?
18. Can I exchange my current cart for a new one? Or requests additional carts?
19. How much is the James City County Recycling cart?
20. How often will I be serviced? How will I know I have a collection?
21. When can I expect my cart to be delivered or removed?
22. When do I pay for my recycling services?
23. Where can I locate payments, refunds, and credits?
24. Where can I sign up for auto payment and reminders?