Recyclable Materials

The goal of the Recyclable Materials Collection Program (RMCP) is to effectively collect materials that have the greatest potential to successfully be reused or recycled into new products.

Automated Recyclable Materials Collection

A special vehicle, equipped with a lifting mechanism, reaches out to the roll cart, lifts and empties the container returning the cart to its original position. Residents receive a 65-gallon recyclable materials roll cart for the accepted recyclable materials. RMCP is available to all unincorporated Polk County customers, who wish to participate. If you need a recyclable materials roll cart, call the Waste and Recycling Division at (863) 284-4319.

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Guidelines for Recyclable Material collection:

  • Recyclable materials roll cart must be within three feet of the curb or edge of the street or road
  • Recyclable materials roll cart must be at least three feet from other fixed objects
  • Recyclable materials roll cart lid must open to the street or road
  • No other container may be used for recyclable materials roll cart

Accepted recyclable materials:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel (tin) cans or containers
  • Cardboard, cereal boxes, egg cartons (cardboard)
  • Newspaper, uncoated paper, paper products
  • Most gallon and half gallon, translucent plastics (no colored plastics), milk, juice or water jugs
Recycling


The plastic jugs represent the color and shape of plastic material accepted in Polk County’s Recyclable Materials Collection Program.

Images made available by RecycleMorePlastic.org

Keeping recyclable materials free of grease, soil and residue is another way to help ensure the success of the program. Avoid including items that can contaminate good materials. Only items listed should be placed in the recyclable materials cart. Items not listed above, should be placed in the garbage roll cart. Lids and labels can stay on the containers, but containers must be unsoiled.



Why not glass and plastic?- show / hide

Glass breaks easily during the collection process and compromises other viable materials in the RMCP roll cart. As a result, broken glass embeds in healthy materials making them unlikely to be reused or recycled successfully into new products.

Not all plastics are created equal. Many do not blend effectively during the process of creating a new product. This poses regulatory and processing challenges to manufacturers, who incorporate post-consumer plastics into a new product. For this reason, Polk County limits its collection to products that have the longest environmental and economic value, such as milk and juice jugs.


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