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Keep it Green this Spring


Published on May 3, 2021


The season of spring cleaning is upon us, but watch what you put in your garbage. For whatever reason you might be tidying up and getting rid of the old, fight the urge to just throw everything out. Some of that old stuff is recycling gold!

Get to know Polk County’s recyclable materials collection program. It is important to know which materials you can place in the recycling cart. If they aren’t on the list of approved materials, chances are those items won’t be recycled and could jeopardize other items in your cart.

As you comb through your closets and hidden spaces this spring, only place the following in Polk’s recycling cart:

  1. Aluminum cans, tin/steel cans, tin or aluminum lids
  2. Cardboard
  3. Plastic jugs made of high-density polyethylene plastic is often found in half-gallon and gallon size containers. Usually containing juice or water
  4. Newspaper and paper