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Use recycling bins only for what is allowed, city says

Statement issued Thursday:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – City officials are urging residents to use caution when filling their recycling bins this spring. Recycling carts should not be used to dispose of grass clippings, debris or other yard waste or to dispose of cans that are partially-filled with paint or other liquids that could contaminate recycled materials.

Officials from the City of Fort Wayne’s Solid Waste Management division said a recent audit of recycling carts found that, overall, residents are doing a fabulous job of putting the correct items in recycling bins. During this season of spring cleaning, residents should continue to be vigilante about what can and can not be recycled.

Solid Waste Management officials encourage residents to take their yard waste to the City Biosolids Handling Facility at 6202 Lake Avenue or to Republic’s compost site at 6231 Macbeth Road, where it can be disposed of for a small fee. Twigs and grass clippings may be picked up on trash day, however, the City is asking residents to help reduce garbage disposal costs by not mixing yard waste with household trash.

Items that can be recycled include glass bottles and jars; plastic containers with No. 1 through No. 7; metal cans, aluminum cans, Aluminum pans and foil; emptied Styrofoam food cartons, newspapers and junk mail; phone books and magazines and shredded paper that is contained in a paper bag.

Residents should NOT recycle plastic bags of any kind, batteries, electronics, wire or plastic hangers, aerosol cans, light bulbs or food contaminated paper.

If a latex paint can is empty to the point that remnants inside the can are dry, it can be recycled. Cans with wet paint in them, should be dried out with cat litter or sawdust and placed in the garbage. Leftover paint and residue from paint brushes and cans should NOT be dumped down the storm drain.

One-cart recycled items are collected every other week and will be picked up at the same curb or alley location as where the resident’s regular trash is collected.

There is no additional charge to join the recycling program. City residents should call 3-1-1 if they would like to participate. For more information, go to

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