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:

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up newspaper

Newspapers, Boxboard and Household Paper

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up cardboard containers

Beverage Cartons & Boxes

Milk & juice cartons & juice boxes

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up metal containers

Metal Containers

Food and beverage cans and aluminum foil, trays and plates

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up glass bottles

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

co-mingled recycling curbside pick-up paint cans

EMPTY Aerosol and Metal Paint Cans

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)

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

Plastic – Plastics #1 & 2; no plastic bags/film, styrofoam, or syringes

“To recycle is to be an actor in a global scrap trade. Each year that trade is infused with hundreds of millions of tons of plastic material. In 2018, China stopped taking most plastic waste from the U.S. So now the whole plastics industrial chain — from the oil industry to recyclers — is under pressure to figure out what to do with it.

Recycling alone can’t solve the waste conundrum, but many believe it’s a vital piece of an overall strategy, which also includes reducing packaging and replacing disposables with reusable materials”.

Source – NPR’s “The Plastic Tide”

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.)
  • Tires
  • Metal items
  • Florescent bulbs
  • Batteries (lead-acid, rechargeable)
  • Mattresses
  • LP tanks (valves must be removed or tank properly punctured)

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.

Eagle Waste & Recycling

In 2011 Southwest Sanitation partnered with Eagle Waste and Recycling of Eagle River, Wisconsin to add another Material Recovery Facility. Working with Eagle offers us increased flexibility, redundancy, and efficiency for our recycling program and enables us to keep costs low for those services. 

Single Stream Recycling

Recycling Sort Facilities

Recycling Demonstration

Electronics Recycling

Southwest Sanitation is partnered with Dynamic Recycling for electronics recycling. Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations is dedicated to comprehensive, secure, and environmentally friendly electronics and materials recycling practices. Any electronics or materials that come through our doors are subject to our strict material-tracking and security protocols, and all components are reused or recycled to the fullest extent possible.