Garbage & Recycling Guidelines
The following outlines the rules for residential garbage pick-up:
- All trash must be bagged in standard trash bags.
- Bags should be placed in a sturdy garbage can with a lid.
- All garbage and recycling items should be placed at the curb after 6 p.m. the night before the scheduled collection day.
- There is a weekly limit of eight bags per residence. Bags in excess of eight will be collected and charged to the account at a rate of $3 per bag. To avoid hitting your limit prematurely, it is recommended to avoid using small grocery or garbage bags.
- Residents may dispose of up to four 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 for no additional charge. (This service does not include electronics, Freon removal or large items such as beds, couches, chairs, carpet rolls.)
- Loose pieces of trash that are able to be reasonably bagged, such as books, shoes, clothes, and small toys, will not be collected unless bagged.
Some examples of acceptable items include:
- Dining Room Chairs
- Upright Vacuum Cleaners
- Window Blinds
- Syringes may be taken to the Security Officer's Desk at the Emergency Entrance of the UPMC Chautauqua Hospital. The desk is manned twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
- Syringes must be in a sharps container or in a sealed plastic container (i.e. sharps, milk, or pop containers).
The following outlines the rules for residential recycling pick-up:
- All recycling items should be placed in a recycling tote or open rigid container labeled as "RECYCLING".
- To participate in our Residential Recycling Credit Program, always fill your assigned orange recycling bin first, each time your recycle, to earn a discount on your monthly solid waste bill.
- Please place your recycling containers on the terrace after 6 p.m. the night before your scheduled pick-up day. To ensure pick-up, please do not wait until morning.
The items below can be recycled following the Recycling Calendar:
- Clear and Colored Glass
- Please remove any metal or plastic rings and lids before recycling
- Broken dishes, glasses and window glass are considered garbage and should not be placed with the recycling. To prevent injury, please secure broken glass in a cardboard box labeled "Caution: Broken Glass" and place at the curb with your regular trash.
- Metal Food and Beverage Containers
- Metal cans should be rinsed to remove residual food before recycling.
- Plastics: containers with symbols 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are accepted. Styrofoam is not included.
- Paper/Cardboard/Box Board (such as cereal boxes)
- All cardboard and box board should be flattened and placed in a recycling container or cardboard box for collection.
- Some examples of paper products that can be recycled:
- Junk Mail
- Magazines/ Catalogs
- Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls
- Paperback Books
- Hard Bound Books (with their covers removed)
- Shredded Paper (may be placed in a small box or loosely tied bag in your recycling bin.)
- Pizza boxes are considered dirty and should be broken down and put in regular garbage bags.