June 30, 2014
Starting July 1st, Charlottesville residents can begin using the recently distributed wheeled recycling carts. The bi-weekly initiative kicks off this week with collection in Zone A neighborhoods, and Zone B neighborhoods the following week. Recycling days will continue to coincide with the current trash collection days.
Officials say the Greenbrier neighborhoods participating in the pilot program should set out their carts on July 2nd, with regular Zone B service beginning on July 9th. The Belmont pilot neighborhoods should set out their carts on July 7th, with regular Zone A service beginning on July 14th. Officials are confident in the city-wide rollout of the new program, after experiencing high satisfaction and recycling rates in both pilot programs.
City residents will now be able to recycle most types of plastics, #1-#7 as well as paper, glass, and aluminum products. Exceptions to acceptable items include plastic bags and small caps and lids. These items tend to create litter on the streets and interfere with the machines in the processing facility. Questions about recyclable items can be directed to County Waste at 434-296-6000.
Residents are encouraged to try the 95-gallon cart for a few weeks before requesting a smaller size. Those who wish to opt out of the standard size may do so by phone or website. If residents have physical limitations, the red and green 18-gallon City bins may be used during the transition period, until adjustments are made.