Solid Waste and Recycling Guidelines

JAMESTOWN IS A MANDATORY RECYCLING COMMUNITY
RECYCLING IS THE LAW!

  1. Garbage and recyclables must be placed at the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening before your scheduled pick-up.
  2. All garbage must be contained in lidded garbage cans within the 8 bag limit. Loose garbage will not be collected.
  3. There is a 40 pound limit per garbage bag and/or recycling container.
  4. To obtain a $10.50 credit towards your monthly Solid Waste rate, you must recycle, at least once per billing cycle using your orange Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagged bin.
    • You may use overflow containers for your recyclables, such as the yellow recycling bin, but the orange bin must be at the curb in order to earn a $10.50 credit.
    • Click on the Residential Recycling Program for full details about the program.
  5. Your recycling container has been assigned to a specific address. The bin stays with the residence, even if the customer moves.
  6. Remove and throw away lids and caps from any jars or bottles.
  7. Clear and colored GLASS is recyclable by the BPU.
  8. Corrugated CARDBOARD (consisting of two pieces of heavy paper with a wavy layer in between) and box cardboard (cereal boxes, food boxes, gift boxes) are both recyclable by the BPU.
    • All cardboard should be flattened, folded and placed in the recycling container.
    • Pizza boxes (used) are considered dirty and should be placed in regular garbage bags.
    • Waxed milk cartons are not recyclable and should be placed in the garbage bags.
  9. Styrofoam (including egg cartons) IS NOT a recyclable item and should be placed in the trash.
  10. Yellow recycling bins can be used for overflow of recycables and may be purchased at BPU Customer Service for $8 each.
    • If you must use a container such as a cardboard box for your overflow recyclables, be sure to write an “R” or “Recycling” on the container.
  11. Should you need a replacement orange RFID recycling bin, you must contact our Garbage Hotline at 661-1651. A $10.00 processing fee will be charged.
  12. Residents may dispose of four (4) small household items per week, weighing less than 40 pounds, no larger in volume than a single bag of trash and easily carried by one person. Some examples include: dining room chairs, upright vacuum cleaners, fans, lamps, window blinds, brooms, and mops. Only four unbagged items will be collected. Any small excess items will be left behind. Loose pieces of trash that are baggable, such as books, shoes, clothes, and small toys, will not be collected unless bagged. This service DOES NOT include large items such as beds, couches, chairs, refrigerators or electronics.

Metal Can Guidelines

  • Metal cans should be washed clean. Top and bottom lids may be cut away and the cans flattened for easier storage.
  • Soda cans should be checked for NY State bottle deposit markings and placed in the recycling load only if there is no deposit to be reclaimed.
  • Plastics Guidelines

  • PLEASE REMOVE AND THROW AWAY ALL LIDS AND CAPS.
    They are not made of the same type of plastic that is recycled and will contaminate the recyclable load.
  • Soda bottles should be checked for NY State bottle deposit markings and placed in the recycling load only if there is no deposit to be reclaimed.
  • Paper Guidelines

    Acceptable for recycling:
  • Newspapers
  • magazines
  • catalogs
  • junk mail
  • phone books
  • paper back books
  • hard bound books (with their covers removed)

  • PLEASE DO NOT TIE YOUR PAPERS, BOOKS OR MAGAZINES IN BUNDLES.

  • Place a brick or rock on the top of the stack to keep them from scattering.
  • Glass Guidelines

    CLEAR and COLORED GLASS are accepted as BPU recyclables. Containers should be rinsed clean and loose labels and lids should be removed.

  • Broken dishes, glasses and window glass are considered garbage and should not be placed with the recycling. To prevent injury, please wrap these items carefully before discarding.
  • Cardboard Guidelines


  • PIZZA BOXES ARE CONSIDERED DIRTY AND SHOULD BE BROKEN DOWN AND PUT IN REGULAR GARBAGE BAGS.

  • Corrugated Cardboard

  • Corrugated cardboard consists of two pieces of heavy paper (usually brown) with a wavy layer in between. Moving and mailing boxes are usually corrugated cardboard.
  • Corrugated cardboard and boxboard will be picked up at the curb. Cardboard should be flattened and folded.

  • Boxboard

  • A heavy paper used to make food packaging and gift boxes, appears to contain only one paper layer.
  • Examples of boxboard include boxes used to hold food mixes, cereals, tissue, toothpaste, cosmetics, medication, shoes and gifts.
  • Recycled boxboard is generally used to make new boxboard, puzzles and such items as egg cartons.
  • Syringe Disposal

    • Syringes may be taken to the Security Officers Desk at the Emergency Entrance of the WCA Hospital.The desk is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Syringes must be in a closed clear plastic container (i.e. sharps, milk, or pop containers).


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