Our Passion and Commitment to Recycling
We understand the importance of taking care of our natural resources, and we fully support all efforts to recycle as much as possible.
Our Commingled Recycling Collection program (the gathering of a combination of recycling items) significantly increases the volume of items recycled by all our customers, when compared to a “source separated” collection program.
We are fully committed to helping reduce waste. Our program is an expansion of traditional recycling collection that will reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill, and increase the amount of material sent for recycling.
Commingled Curbside Recycling
We collect and recycle various materials — no sorting is needed for these items.
Items should be cleaned or uncontaminated.
You can put them all in one container when placing on your curb.
Here are the items that we accept:
Newspapers, Boxboard and Household Paper
Beverage Cartons & Boxes
Milk & juice cartons & juice boxes
Food and beverage cans and aluminum foil, trays and plates
Glass Bottles & Jars
Food and beverage bottles and jars
Plastic Bottles, Jugs & Jars
Plastic bottles, jugs and jars used for beverages, shampoo, lotions, cleaners, windshield washer fluid, and other household liquids
EMPTY Aerosol and Metal Paint Cans
Other Plastic Food Containers
Plastic food tubs for yogurt, margarine, sour cream, cottage cheese and ice cream
Items Collected in our Commingled Recycling Program:
Paper – Newspaper, mixed paper, office paper, chipboard, magazines, phonebooks, spiral notebooks, junk mail, milk & juice cartons, etc…
Cardboard (including wax coated cardboard)
Plastic – #1 through #7 plastic items; no plastic bags/film, styrofoam, or syringes
Glass – all color glass containers (food and beverage containers); no windows, mirrors, or light bulbs
Metal Containers – Aluminum, steel, and tin cans (food and beverage containers); no e-waste, TVs, or computer parts
Other Items We Can Help You Recycle
Please call us for more information.
Note, there is a small fee to recycle some of these items with us.
- Electronic waste (TVs, computers, stereos, VCRs, etc.)
- Appliances (freezers, washers & dryers, microwaves, stoves etc.)
- Metal items
- Florescent bulbs
- Batteries (lead-acid, rechargeable)
Aluminum Can Recycling Drop-Off At Our Location
You can drop off your aluminum cans at our location. We pay cash for your cans. Drop-Off Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-4:30 pm
Single Stream Recycling Videos
John’s Recycling: Single Stream Recycling
In 2010 Southwest Sanitation partnered with John’s Recycling in Whitewater, WI. Due to their vast access to commodity markets, John’s accepts the expanded list of commingled recycling we now collect. Collection volumes have increased approximately 30% as a result. Commingled recycling collection is easier for you, and safer for us. It’s also much more efficient than “source separated” collection. Our trucks and crew spend 1/4 the time in collecting their routes as before. Watch the video above to see what happens to your recycling after it’s delivered to John’s Recycling Center.