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Mar. 09, 2017

Recycling Q&A, V2

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Here we go! It’s another installment of Recycling Q&A. We’ve compiled the most common question we’ve been hearing about the Go All In recycling program, and we’re answering them here. Have a question for us? Drop us a line at info [at] goallinqc.org.

Q: How do I recycle shredded paper?

A: Please place shredded paper into a paper bag. Fold it over or staple it, then mark the bag on both sides with the words “Shredded Paper” so that our workers can identify it and pull it off the line for recycling.

Please do not place shredded paper into your cart loosely. If you do, it could become blowing litter when the recycling truck tips your cart.

If you have a large quantity of shredded paper to recycle, you can drop it off in the dedicated roll-off container labeled “Shredded Paper” at the Scott Area Recycling Center, 5640 Carey Ave., Davenport.


Q: I have a small, empty propane tank. Can I recycle it?

A: Yes, but not in your recycling cart! For safety reasons, pressurized cylinders should be disposed of through our Household Hazardous Materials program. Appointments no longer required.


Q: I have an old set of encyclopedias (or other hardback books). How do I recycle these?

A: You can recycle books in your recycling cart. Please remove the covers first.


Q: What do I do with greeting cards?

A: You can recycle paper greeting cards. Please do not recycle cards that contain embellishments such as jewels, ribbons, or other materials. These types of cards can be repurposed for craft projects, such as scrapbooking, or they may be thrown away.


Q: Can I recycle milk cartons?

A: Yes, milk cartons are recyclable. Please empty and rinse before recycling.


Q: I’m confused about Styrofoam. What do I do?

A: Styrofoam is garbage. We do not have a way to recycle it, so it should be thrown away, regardless of the number it may have stamped into it.

Oct. 27, 2016

You Asked! Recycling Answers Revealed, V1

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Q-C recyclers have been asking some super questions about the new GO All In recycling program.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Every now and then, we’ll post Q&A based on your questions. Chances are, if one person asked it, many more people are wondering about it.

Here we go!

Plastic bags
Can I recycle plastic bags in my cart if they have a number on them?

A: No. Plastic bags and films of any kind are one of the biggest hazards at our recycling facility. Plastic bags become tangled in our sorting equipment, posing real hazards for our sorting staff. Once staff untangles them, they are trucked to the landfill. You can help keep recycling workers safe by keeping plastic bags out of your recycling cart. Instead, recycle bags at grocery stores.

Can I recycle Styrofoam in my cart if it has a number on it?

A: No. Styrofoam, even if it’s marked with a number, does not go into your cart. Styrofoam should be disposed of in your garbage cart. If you place Styrofoam in your cart, workers must sort it out by hand, and then it gets trucked to the landfill. The process is much more efficient if you place Styrofoam into your garbage cart, instead.

Scraps of metal and metal items
Can I recycle small pieces of metal in my cart? I have curtain rods.

A: No. Scrap metal, no matter how small, does NOT go in your cart. Metal pieces can damage our sorting equipment and create hazards for the people who sort your recyclables by hand. You can recycle scrap metal by dropping it off at the Scott Area Landfill. (The material will be recycled and not landfilled.)

Shredded paper
How do I recycle shredded paper?

A: To recycle shredded paper, place it inside a paper bag. Close the bag and mark it “Shredded Paper” in bold letters. Then place it into your cart. A second option is to bring your shredded paper to to the Scott Area Recycling Center, 5640 Carey Ave., Davenport. There’s a container just for shredded paper in the drop-off recycling area out front.

Pop and beer cartons
Q: Can I still recycle pop and beer cartons?

A: Yes! The slick-coated cartons used to package pop and beer go into your cart.

Window envelopes
Do I need to remove the small, plastic window from envelopes before recycling them in my cart?

A: Nope. The truth is, this hasn’t been a concern for many years. Just pop the whole envelope into your cart!

Any questions?
Have a question about what’s recyclable? Contact us or use the online recycling & disposal search tool.