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City of Cheyenne now accepting glass recyclables

Recycle City of Cheyenne
Recycle City of Cheyenne(Mia Johnson)
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 4:49 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The City of Cheyenne is now accepting food-grade glass items in it’s recycle program. The new addition includes glass food and beverage containers that are clean and empty, and either brown, green or clear.

Director of Public Works, Vicki Nemecek, said to be cautious when determining what items are recyclable.

“We like to call it ‘wish-cycling’,” said Nemecek. “If you are looking at something and go, ‘Gee, I really wish this was recyclable’, and you put it in your recycle bin, that doesn’t make it recyclable. It just creates a situation where you have really expensive trash.”

The consequences of mixing non-recyclables with otherwise quality recyclable items can be catastrophic. When materials cross contaminate, sanitation workers must dispose of the entire load.

“We are trying to get out the word that contamination is the worst thing about recycling. It not only creates a situation that puts our recycling at risk, it puts the entire country’s recycling at risk,” Nemecek said.

According to the City of Cheyenne website, this is the list of Recyclables and Non-Recyclables:

Recyclables must be dry, loose (not bagged) and include ONLY the following:

  • Paper products: newspapers, books, junk mail, magazines, etc.
  • Brown paper bags
  • Clean cardboard (flatten & cut into 2′x2′ pieces or smaller)
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Aluminum foil or tin cans - empty
  • Plastic containers (#1, #2, #4 & #5)
  • Glass food and beverage containers - brown, clear, or green - empty

What recycling materials are not allowed?

Non-recyclables including, but not limited to the following:

  • Plastic bags and bagged materials (even if containing recyclables)
  • Mirrors
  • Plexi-glass, flower pots, plastic totes
  • Garbage
  • Styrofoam
  • Glass & metal cookware/bakeware
  • Light Blubs
  • Ceramics
  • Straws or fast food packaging
  • Porcelains and ceramics
  • Hoses, cords, wires
  • Flexible plastics or film packaging and multi-laminated materials
  • Food waste & liquids, containers containing such items
  • Window or auto glass
  • Coated cardboard (ex. juice boxes)
  • Plastics #3, #6, #7 and unnumbered
  • Coat Hangers
  • Household appliances and electronics
  • Yard waste, construction debris, and wood
  • To-go boxes (even though they have a #5 on them)
  • Needles, syringes, IV bags or other medical supplies
  • Textiles, cloth, or ay fabrics
  • Napkins, paper towels, tissue, paper plates, paper cups, and plastic utensils
  • Propane tanks, batteries

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