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Recycling

The City strongly encourages all citizens and businesses to recycle. Recycling saves landfill space by minimizing waste material disposal, reduces disposal costs at the landfill, and is a sustainable, environmentally friendly practice that will not only benefit current citizens but future generations as well.

Recycle Lex VA – City Recycling Campaign:

Lexington’s current recycling rate is 20.7%, while the state average is 44%. About 22% of residential households participate in the recycling program. The City of Lexington has a strategy in place to raise that number, with a goal of 40% recycling participation by 2020. In an effort to reach this goal, the City is providing residents with 32-gallon recycling carts for commingled materials in addition to glass recycling totes beginning in October 2017. Furthermore, the City is using its own communication outlets to educate residents on how to recycle and provide insight on the benefits of recycling. Local businesses with recycling initiatives are also being recognized, specifically in a new series led by the City called “Caught Green-Handed,” which is on display to the public via City of Lexington social media outlets as well as in the City Manager’s Weekly Memo.

Caught Green Handed Features: Blue Phoenix Cafe, The Red Hen, Office of Drinking WaterBlue Sky Cafe and Southern Inn.

Schedule & Collection

Recycling is collected Monday through Friday, including all holidays except Christmas Day. The Lexington Public Works Department collects recycling using a rear load packer truck. The truck is well marked with signs and decals to distinguish it from the solid waste load packer truck.  All materials collected in this truck are recycled.

In residential neighborhoods, recycling is collected on the same day as household solid waste. A collection schedule and map are available to identify residential collection days.

Recycling is collected each day Monday through Friday at businesses located in the Central Business District, businesses located outside the district, schools, and residences in the downtown area. Glass is collected from businesses located in the Central Business District Monday through Saturday.

On scheduled collection days, recycling should be placed out along with solid waste.  In residential neighborhoods, please place at the curb or edge of the pavement.  Businesses and downtown residents should place recyclables in the same pickup location as their solid waste.

When placing recyclables out for collection, please make a reasonable effort to keep sidewalks clear for safe pedestrian passage and to avoid creating obstructions in the street that might interfere with safe vehicular travel.

Recycling Receptacles

Containers should not exceed 32-gallon size and should be clearly identified for recycling by symbol, stenciled or stick-on letters, or decals. Recycling containers must be visible from the road.

Recycling Receptacle Availability

The Public Works Department distributed 750 32-gallon recycling carts and glass-only totes during the month of October 2017 on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact Public Works at (540) 463-3154 to request a cart and/or glass-only tote. If none are immediately available, you will be placed on a waiting list. The provided 32-gallon cart will be meant for commingled recyclables, and the tote will be meant for glass recyclables. 

Recycled Materials

Acceptable recycled materials include:

  • Effective July 31, 2017: Glass! All types of glass bottles and jars (clear and colored) are accepted. All glass must be placed in a separate bin. Broken bottles and jars are okay. Discard lids, caps, and corks and lightly rinse the container. Do not place trash or non-glass recyclables in the glass container.
  • Corrugated cardboard, newspapers, mixed paper, rinsed plastic bottles, rinsed metal cans, aluminum foil products, plastics #1-7 including but not limited to HDPE (#2 plastic) and PET (#1 plastic) bottles and jugs. Mixed paper shall include bond paper, computer paper, magazines, catalogs, books, bulk mailings, carrier stock, and boxboard or chipboard. Metal cans shall include aluminum, steel, bimetal, and tin cans. Plastic bottles and jugs shall be defined as having a narrower neck, a pour spout, and a plastic pull off or screw top. The recyclable material shall be substantially clean, dry, and generally free of unacceptable contamination. Large pieces of cardboard and cardboard boxes should be broken down to lay flat beside the recycling container.
  • Aerosol cans can be recycled, but please be sure they are empty.
  • White Metal goods such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, and hot water heaters are recyclable. 
  • Electronics such as televisions, computers & peripherals, microwaves, phones, VCRs, and DVD players are recyclable.

Unacceptable recycled materials include: plastic bags of any type; styrofoam materials such as cups, plates, and packing materials; and hard plastics not marked as described.

Other recyclables such as waste oil, antifreeze, and batteries are not collected by the city.  However, most Advanced Auto Parts stores and the Rockbridge Farmers’ Cooperative do accept these materials.

Questions

If you have questions concerning the recycling collection program, please contact the Public Works Department at 463-3154.  Thanks for your cooperation and participation in Lexington Recycling!

More Information

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Environmental Protection Agency

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