Recycling dates for trash and recycling services provided by local governments are found at the city's Department of Sanitation website. Recycling dates for private collections can be found by contacting the service provider. Recycling dates are often scheduled to coincide with the collection dates for regular trash pickup.
City sanitation services assign trash and recycling collection dates according to area. Using address information, an individual can lookup the applicable recycling collection date. In some locations, recycling dates coincide with trash collection for convenience.
Recycled materials are collected as a single stream of mixed materials, or may need to be pre-sorted ahead of collection. Single-stream recycling collects recycled materials that are mixed together with regular trash and refuse. The wanted recycled materials are later sorted from the mixed lot and cleaned. Pre-sorted recycling programs collect recyclables separate from trash and refuse. Each city employs its own recycling program that should be consulted before putting materials out for collection.
Some materials are not recycled in curbside collections, such as automotive and electronic products. Additionally, most recycling services do not pick up plastic bags. Typically, residents deliver plastic bags and products containing harmful chemicals to the local public collection or donations center for proper disposal.