A plastic bucket is a rounded container that comes with a snap on lid (i.e. plastic ice cream pails or cat litter buckets). The flat snap-on lids to these containers are not accepted in the curbside recycling because they cannot be secured back onto the container in such a way that they will not pop off during transport and/or at the recycling sorting facility. Plastic tubs are accepted as trash at the Drop-Off Station and the Recovery Yard. However, if they are plastics #1, 2, or #5 and can fit in a single stream container, they can be recycled at the Recovery Yard.
Flat snap-on plastic lids do not meet the criteria of “bottle or tub” and if put in the curbside recycling bin loose they are likely to be sorted with the paper since they are so flat and light, therefore becoming a contaminant in the paper stream.
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Reuse plastic buckets for storage, or use to collect drop-off recyclables (such as styrofoam or batteries).
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