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Posted on: December 1, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Recycling Just Got Easier

Beginning January 1, 2015 Residents Can Place All Recyclables in One Container

The days of separating recyclables are over! Beginning January 1, 2015, paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and cartons all go in the same container.

Brookfield's waste hauler will deliver new, larger recycling containers to each home and all recyclables will go in those containers, mixed together. It’s called “single sort” recycling. No sorting. No hassle. These new recycling containers can hold from two to five times more recyclables than the current blue bin and more types of materials can be recycled in this new single sort program. With the convenience of not having to sort and more materials being accepted, this should lead to significant increases in recycling rates which is projected to be 25 percent or greater. The increase in recycling materials accepted also means less waste going to the landfill, which saves taxpayers money.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Garbage and Recycling Collection?
A: Pick-up will remain as a "up the drive" service in 2015.

Q: When will the new containers be delivered?
A: Contractor will deliver one recycling can to end of driveway in mid January with literature inside can regarding new recycling rules.

Q: Will we receive both refuse and recycling containers?
A: Container provided will be for recycling only. Property owners should use their own trash cans for refuse as they do now.

Q: What size will the recycling can be?
A: 32 gallons.

Q: Will this cost me more money?
A: No. This is funded through property taxes and costs are less than last year.

Q: I received a card from Advanced Disposal that said pickup will change from Friday to Thursday for my area. When does that start?
A: The actual change from Friday pickup to Thursday pickup will occur the week of January 5th.

Do's and Don'ts with regard to your new recycling container

Know that the City is leasing the recycling container provided to you from the contractor and it is not owned by the City or the resident.

Call Advanced Disposal Services (ADS) at 262-367-6040 for container concerns or if your container is defective.

Use the container for recycling as additional items are now recyclable that were not previously.

Don't take recycling container with you if you move. The City is leasing the cans from the contractor for each address.

Don't use for ashes or abuse the container. Replacement containers will be an additional cost.

For more information visit or call 262-896-8300.

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