Collinsville is Going Green!
Recycling in Collinsville has been terrific since the City received the large 95-gallon recycle carts. In 2013, the City recycled 1,805 tons of material and 6,277 tons of trash. Our percentage of waste being recycled increased from 15% in 2012 to over 22% in 2013! That’s a fantastic number for us in just one year ~ let’s make 2014 even better.
Many residents still ask about what items can be recycled - see the listings below of acceptable items:
· Cardboard & Containers of all kinds
· Newspapers & Magazines
· Junk Mail & Phone Books
· Office Paper
· Tin/Steel/Aluminum Cans
· Plastic containers with recycling symbol #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #7
· Glass containers
A common question asked about the materials the City recycles is: “Where does it all go after Republic Services picks it up?” All recycling collected in Collinsville gets deposited on Republic’s “recycle pad” in Roxana and is then transferred to their Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Hazelwood, Missouri. The recycled product, once sorted and baled, is shipped out, but most of it stays in an 8-state region for processing. Cardboard goes to Louisiana and Oklahoma; steel stays in Missouri; aluminum goes to Kentucky and Tennessee; plastic #1 and #2 goes to Indiana, Alabama, Ohio, and to Missouri while plastics #3-7 are exported. Let’s keep up the hard work in recycling and keeping Collinsville a “green” community.