Recycling: Do I have to flatten cardboard boxes?

Denise Hurley-Forgach

Do I have to flatten cardboard boxes?

Please FLATTEN BOXES to make sure everything fits in your cart and remove styrofoam (egg cartons, peanuts or packing) and remove plastic wrap from cardboard cartons before recycling. It is ok if your flattened boxes stick out of the top of the cart.

Placing material on the ground defeats the efficiency of an automated system and drives up the cost of recycling. That said, if you do have to set excess cardboard on the ground that can’t fit in the cart, even after flattening boxes, we will collect it. You can also bring excess recyclables to your municipal recycling drop off.