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Service Questions
Basin Disposal, Inc. (BDI)
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Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

General Recycling Questions
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Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

Closed Major Holidays

 

 

January 2 – New Years Day

January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 20 – President's Day

May 29 – Memorial Day

July 4 – Independence Day Observance

September 4 – Labor Day

November 10 – Veteran's Day

November 23 – Thanksgiving Day

December 25 – Christmas Day Observance

Recycling

Recyclable materials make up over half of the waste that residents dispose of on a daily basis.

Announcements

Contamination Reminder

Only materials listed on the "Acceptable Items" list are allowed in your recycling container. Garbage - including food waste, diapers, electronics, and yard waste - are being found in our recycling collection. This contamination is not acceptable by the facility that processes our curbside collection and will potentially cause our collection to be diverted to a landfill rather than being processed as recyclables. 

Other types of contamination are materials that may have a recycling symbol, but are not currently accepted in our curbside program. Even if an item has a recycling symbol, please check the "Acceptable Items" list before you put it in your recycling container. A large amount of 'film' plastic (grocery bags, waste bags containing recyclable items, clear plastic bags, plastic wrap) are showing up in our recycling collection. These items are very problematic for recycling processors as they get caught in the sorting machines so they should not be included in our curbside collection. Most grocery stores have receptacles to recycle grocery bags so please use those facilities for bags instead of your curbside container. Other types of plastic 'film' should be disposed of in your regular garbage container.

Please remember that the recycling industry is a commodity-based industry - meaning that the material has a value associated with it. If a recycling processor does not receive materials from curbside programs that are reasonably free of contaminants, it becomes too costly to separate and market that material for resale which means they may elect to send the material to a landfill instead. Concurrently, manufacturers looking for recycled material only want clean materials that are ready to be re-manufactured into items which means the processors need to be more particular about the material they accept from curbside programs.

By doing your part to keep contaminants out of our recycling collection, you are helping to keep our curbside program viable. Please see the list of "Acceptable Items" below or click on the calendar for a downloadable copy to print out. Thank you!

 

When is my recycling picked up?

Recycling is picked up every other week. BDI collects your recyclables on the same weekday as your garbage service, except in some annexed areas, where the recycling is picked up on a different day than garbage.

RECYCLING RATE

 

The 2017 calendar is available for download and printing by clicking on the buttons below.

RECYCLING CALENDAR

RECICLAJE CALENDARIO

Recycling Guidelines

  • Container must be at the curb by 7:00 a.m.
  • Container must be at least 3 feet away from obstacles such as cars, utility poles, and other containers; please keep containers clear of overhead obstacles including tree limbs, roof overhangs, and basketball hoops as well.
  • Container must be placed with the lid opening toward the street
  • Do not place additional items on the ground beside your container; they will not be picked up
  • Do not wedge cardboard in the container or it may not empty properly
  • Do not use or place plastic bags in your container
  • Do not place household hazardous waste items in your container; take them to the Sudbury Household Hazardous Waste Facility for disposal
  • If your collection falls on a holiday, your container will be serviced the following business day
  • If you move away, leave your cart for the next customer.

What can I put in my curbside recycling container?

Acceptable Items

  • Paper & mail
  • Newspaper & advertising
  • Phone books
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Cardboard & paperboard (Cereal boxes, etc; flattened)
  • Milk & juice cartons
  • Plastic bottles & jugs (No lids or caps)
  • Plastic tubs (margarine tubs, yogurt containers; no lids)
  • Aluminum cans & steel cans (Remove lids or secure in can)

 

Unacceptable Items

  • Glass
  • Food, soiled paper & boxes
  • Paper towels, tissues & napkins
  • Plastic wrap, packaging, & grocery bags
  • Garbage & food waste
  • Branches, grass, or other yard waste
  • Styrofoam (containers, blocks, or pellets)
  • Plastic cups, plates, utensils & take-out containers
  • Light bulbs (incandescent or fluorescent)
  • Toxic containers (antifreeze, oil, etc; put in garbage if empty, take to HHW if not)
  • Lids or caps
  • Window glass & mirrors
  • Ceramics, dishes & glassware
  • When in doubt, keep it out!

Recycling Item Card

Recycling History & Facts

State-mandated solid waste planning requires that every municipality and county develop recycling service programs to divert waste from landfills. As part of the 1994 Walla Walla County Solid Waste Management Plan update, city residents were surveyed on how they would like recycling implemented – curbside pickup or a depot drop-off system. The majority of respondents indicated curbside recycling was preferred and the city began the curbside collection of commingled recycling in 1996. In order to make the program affordable, the city elected to make the monthly rate applicable for all residential customers in dwellings up to 10 units in size. Learn more about Solid Waste Planning HERE.

Since the automated collection service was implemented in 2010, we have collected over 13 million pounds of recyclables from residents, off-setting approximately 19,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions that would have resulted if that material had been disposed of in the landfill rather than being recycled.

Glass was collected curbside until May 2007 when it was deemed necessary to keep glass out of the collection to preserve the value of the material. Depots were established to collect glass which was taken to a bottle manufacturer in the Portland area until 2008 when it became too costly to transport the material to market due to the low commodity price that was paid for the material. Glass was stockpiled at the Sudbury Landfill until July 2012 when the collection program was suspended because no beneficial and economical reuse could be found for the material. The city's citizen advisory committee on Sustainability continues to look for new opportunities to recycle glass and work with community stakeholders to identify feasible programs.

 

 

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