Helpful directions about cardboard recycling

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Trash and recycling cars only pick up carts, not loose items. Cardboard boxes must be recycled, and so need to be placed into green recycling carts, or broken down and bundled and tied.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn. Trash and recycling cars only pick up carts, not loose items. Cardboard boxes must be recycled, and so need to be placed into green recycling carts, or broken down and bundled and tied.

DEARBORN – With holiday gift-giving generating lots of cardboard boxes, the city offers tips on handling what could be an overflow of recycling materials over the next few weeks.

If a green recycling cart is too full and cannot fit more cardboard, the excel cardboard must be broken down to a size that can be re-loaded into the cart after it has been emptied by the recycling contractor once.

The automated arms of the recycling trucks cannot pick up loose items; they can only pick up the green cart.

The recycling contractor will get out of the truck after the cart has been emptied once, and place the cardboard into the cart, and then lift the cart for a second time. But this is not possible unless the cardboard is broken down, and bundled or tied to be able to fit into the cart.

And while leaving correctly broken down and bundled and tied cardboard at the curb is acceptable on occasion, if this happens regularly, residents may be required to lease an additional recycle cart for a one-time fee of $55.

The city also advises that trash should not be put in cardboard boxes. Trash in cardboard boxes will not be picked up by the trash contractor.

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