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What to Recycle
Beyond the cart
Recycling saves you time and money
Save time! Place all recyclables in the cart.
Save money! Increased recyclables collection means less in the landfill so it lasts longer, and recycling revenue puts money in the City's budget to pay for services that benefit you and your neighborhood.
Less mess! Carts stay closed even in bad weather, keeping recyclables in.
Recycling benefits our environment, our economy, and our community. It means a cleaner and greener Racine and it provides jobs. Recycling also saves the City of Racine money by keeping recyclables out of the landfill and allowing them to produce revenue when sold to industries that rely on them to manufacture new products.
For more information on the impact of your recycling habits, see
Recycle More Wisconsin
All residents in the City of Racine received a 65-gallon recycling cart or exchanged it for a 35 or 95-gallon cart.
For example, a single family residential home will receive one cart, a 2 family residential unit will receive 2 carts, a 3 family residential unit will receive 3 carts, and a 4 family residential unit will receive 4 carts.
If an owner of a multifamily residential unit wishes to receive a smaller number of a larger cart, we will work with them to meet their needs. Our goal is to maximize our recycling tonnages.
Check the cart lid for what goes in and what does not.
Do not place food contaminated containers (unless rinsed), shredded paper, styrofoam, plastic cards, hard cover books, window glass, mirrors, ceramics, light bulbs, paint cans, or any electronic devices in the cart.
Click the "beyond the cart" link to find other ways to recycle items not allowed in the recycling cart.
Empty and rinse containers. Flatten or cut cardboard so it fits in the cart without taking up a lot of space. Papers and magazines are placed in the cart loose.
Solid waste and garbage are not allowed in recycling cart.
Contact the Public Works Department (636-9126).
A $25 fee is charged for the switch and the cart is delivered to you at your next recycling pick-up.
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