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Why We Recycle

When we all work together to pitch in and recycle right, everyone in our community benefits. Recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce pollution and conserve natural resources like timber, water and minerals. Recycling creates a healthier community with cleaner air by reducing harmful greenhouse gases and lessens the demand for space at our local landfill.

The Wastestream

The wastestream is the lifecycle of all the items you recycle or throw away – think of it as an adventure for all those used items you toss in the bin. The journey starts when you separate recyclables from waste.

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All recyclables are picked up and transported to the Glendale Recycling Center where they are sorted for contaminants. Non-recyclable items go to a landfill, where they are disposed of responsibly.
Recyclable items are sent to processors where they are made into new products.
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Recyclables can be used to make books, clothes, park benches, bottles, cans or pretty much anything you can think of!

How to reduce waste

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Reduce & Reuse

You can reduce waste by using reusable shopping bags and containers and refillable products, and by avoiding individually wrapped items.



Donating is a great way to extend the life of usable items and reduce the impact on City resources. Items that are still in working order and in usable condition can be donated to organizations like Goodwill and Salvation Army.

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Avoid Contamination

Separate it, don’t contaminate it. You don’t need a catchy one-liner to avoid contamination. Remove all food waste and only recycle approved items.

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Reduce Household Toxics

Whoa! Not so fast! Household toxics like bleach, glass cleaner, insect repellent, and disinfectants are special waste, but the plastic containers that they come in are recyclable when empty. Do not recycle the bottle if there is any leftover product! Dispose of your household toxics safely; do not dump them into the sink. Household toxics can only be accepted at the City’s Environmental Management Center.


Reuse Bulky Items

Don’t refuse to reuse! Bulky items like home furnishings and old appliances can be arranged for free pick-up for proper disposal or reuse. Consider donating your items. If you no longer use your home furnishings or appliances, there may be others who will! For more information about bulky item collection, click here.


Recycle Electronics

Time to finally let go of that VCR? It’s okay, we’re here for you. Electronics contain metals that pollute the environment, so they must be recycled properly. Learn more here.

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