Recycling

The week of Monday, August 15, 2022, Recycle Route B is collected.  Recycle Route B is south of 3rd Ave N.  For Single Stream, recycling co-mingles all recycled materials in the tan container for collection every other week.  If you need a second recycling container, please go to our website to request one.  The City of Watertown will deliver an additional Tan 95-gallon Single Stream recycling container at no charge.  

Please place your collection containers out the night before your collection day to avoid missing the truck.  Collection routes begin at 5:00 AM, and there is no set time when they will cover a particular area of town.  Trucks are not rerouted to pick up containers that are put out late.  Please do not set out your recycle container until it is complete.  All containers placed on the parkway or boulevard on the collection day shall be removed on the same day following the group. 

Remember-Never includes glass in the recycle container.  Glass is not recycled and causes injuries on the sort line. 

REMOVE & DISCARD ALL LIDS.  Plastic bottles with lids attached do not collapse and take up extra volume in the recycling.  All the lids must be manually removed at the recycling facility, which is not cost-effective. 

Here are some ways to help make the PLASTIC component of recycling more cost-effective:

  • Include #1 & #2 bottles with screw-on lids (pop, water, shampoo, laundry detergent, etc.).
  • Empty and Rinse the bottles.
  • REMOVE & DISCARD THE LIDS.  Plastic bottles with lids attached do not collapse and take up extra volume in the recycling.   All the lids must be manually removed at the recycling facility, which is not efficient or cost-effective.
  • Do not include containers that held salad dressing, cooking oils, or motor oils.  The oil residue in these containers contaminates the plastic load.
  • Do not include ice cream buckets or yogurt containers, even if stamped #1 or #2.  The rim of snap lid containers is made of another plastic and contaminates the recycled plastic when melted. 

Plastics coded #3, #5, and #7 are not recycled; please discard them in the garbage.  These do not combine with #1 or #2 plastics when melted. 

Thanks for your interest in and the tremendous support of the single stream curbside recycling program!  Please visit the Watertown website www.watertownsd.us  for further information or to request a recycle container.