Curbside Recycling Collection Guidelines


 Curbside Recycling Collection Guidelines

Refuse and Recycling Program Guidelines (pdf format)

Set bins out curbside by 7:00 a.m. the day of your regular City trash pickup, but no sooner than 6:00 a.m.
Call 618-457-3275 to request recycle bins.


Landscape and Other Special Wastes

Call for Collection - these programs require that the resident prepare the Special Waste as specified below, affix the appropriate number of Special Waste Stickers and call (618) 457-3275 to schedule a collection.
Special Waste Stickers are available at Schnucks, Kroger, Murdale True Value, and City Hall.
Set-Out: set items at curbside by 8:00 A.M., but no sooner than 6:00 P.M. the evening before scheduled collection.
Landscape Waste ("bag & bundle program") includes grass clippings, leaves, weeds, shrub & hedge trimmings, and tree limbs up to 12 inches in diameter.
Place grass clippings, leaves, and hedge trimmings, etc., in an environmentally friendly paper lawn waset bag that meets current EPA guidelines (maximum 30 gallon bag; weight not to exceed 25 pounds). Tie bag securely closed and affix 1 sticker per bag.
Cut and bundle sticks, branches, and limbs (maximum 5 foot length and 25 pounds) and tie securely at both ends with heavy twine; affix 1 sticker per bundle. Dispose of limbs 12 inches in diameter and larger as trash.
White Goods include large home appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, cook stoves, water heaters, microwaves, washers, dryers, etc. 10 stickers per item or 20 stickers per item for items with refrigerant.
Tires include automobile, small truck, and motorcycle tires. 3 stickers each for tires that are off the rim; 5 stickers each for tires that are still on a rim.

Blue Bins:  Bottles & Cans

 Rinse Containers
 (no lids or bottle caps clean items only, no food waste)

Plastic Bottles & Jugs
(no plastic containers, packaging, etc.)

Glass Bottles & Jars
(no tableware, window or broken glass)

Food & Beverage Cans
(steel & aluminum)

Place items loose in bin
(not in bags, okay to leave paper labels on)



Green Bins:  Paper Products

  Clean Items only
  (no food waste)

  Newspaper, Office Paper

  Junk Mail
  (includes window envelopes)

  Magazines & Catalogs, Books & Phonebooks

  Cardboard Boxes

  Paperboard Boxes
  (fodd & cereal boxes)

  Shredded Paper
  (please bag, okay to leave paper labels on)

  • Please flatten all boxes and secure loose papers to prevent them from blowing.

  • No waxed paper/waxed cardboard ex: juice boxes & milk cartons; please try to keep paper dry.

  • Large Boxes may be tied into bundles or used to contain other flattened boxes and set next to green bin.

  • Set bins out at the curside no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of your regular City trash pickup (no sooner than 6:00 p.m. the evening before scheduled collection)

Extended Hours Announced For Recycling of Electronic Devices

In an effort to reduce contamination from materials that pose environmental and health risks and to encourage recycling, a new state law went into effect on January 1, 2012 that prohibits certain electronic devices from landfills. City of Carbondale Solid Waste Collectors will be prohibited from knowingly collecting the banned electronic devices with other refuse on this date. The electronic items banned include the following:

  • Televisions Facsimile (Fax) Machines
  • Computer Monitors Video Recorders (VCRs)
  • Computer Towers Digital Video Disc (DVD) Players & Recorders
  • Laptop Computers Printers
  • Keyboards and Electronic Mice Scanners
  • Small Scale Servers Video Game Consoles
  • Digital Converter Boxes Cable Receivers
  • Satellite Receivers IPODs and MP3 players

To assist residents that have these items to recycle, the Jackson County Health Department has sponsored free household electronics recycling drop-off service at Southern Recycling Center located at 300 W. Chestnut Street in Carbondale. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to the normal hours, the City of Carbondale will partner with Southern Recycling Center and the Jackson County Health Department to help provide extended hours for residents to drop off discarded household electronics for recycling.

These dates will be posted as they come available. For more information about electronics recycling, about the state’s electronics landfill ban, or the City of Carbondale’s recycling services visit the website at  or call the City’s Maintenance and Environmental Services Office at 457-3275.


Drop-Off Recycling Collection Guidelines

Recycling Drop-off Guidelines (pdf format)

In addition to City's Curbside Recycling Collection Program, the City of Carbondale provides three recycling drop-off locations for residents to use at their convenience. These locations are also available for residents of apartments or other buildings that are not eligible for the City's Curbside Recycling Collection Program. Drop-off locations are available 24 hours a day and accept the following items:

Separate all recyclable materials to the appropriately label receptacles
known as Igloos:

  • Plastic Bottles (includes Jugs)
    no other plastics, please
  • Glass Bottles (includes Jars)
    no tableware or window glass
  • Cans (food and beverage, only)

Please rinse all containers and remove all lids, caps or
bottle tops. It is necessary to remove any labels.





  • Mixed Paper (includes the following:
    Office Paper
    Junk Mail (including window envelopes)
    Magazines & Catalogs
    Books & Phonebooks
    Paperboard Boxes (food & cereal boxes)
    Shredded Paper (bag in plastic or paper bags)

Clean paper only, no food residues, please.

Please no waxed paper or paperboard (i.e. milk cartons)



Accepted items at the drop-off locations included clean mixed paper, glass bottles and jars, cans, plastic bottles and jugs, and cardboard. Drop-off locations are available 24 hours a day. Please refer to the following information for details.


  1. Please place items to be recycled into the designated "igloo" receptacles loose, not in bags or other containers.

  2. The University Baptist Church, and the Boys and Girls Club locations contain trailers designated for Cardboard only. These locations are recommended for oversized boxes and larger quanities of cardboard.

  3. Please do not leave boxes, bags, or other materials outside of the igloos or trailer.

  4. Please take all items that cannot be recycled back home with you to dispose of as trash.

  5. The dumpsters at the Boy's and Girl's Club location are NOT for public use.

  6. Recycling bins for apartment residents or other buildings are served by the City's Curbside Recycling Collection Program are available from the Jackson County Health Department; please call (618) 684-3143 ext. 136 for information.

About 15% of the total recyclable material collected by the City comes from three drop-off locations. Drop Off locations are located at University Baptist Church parking lot on South Oakland Avenue, The Boys & Girls Club, and the parking lot across from Carbondale Police Station on East College Street.


Recycling Drop-Off Locations
 Call 618-457-3275 with any questions.


Bins for apartment residents provided by the Jackson County Health Department
Call 618-684-3143 ext. 136

1.  Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale
     (250 N. Springer Street)

2.  705 E. College Street
     (Parking lot next to Stor-N-Lok Mini Warehouse)

3.  University Baptist Church
     (700 South Oakland Avenue)


 For more information about the City of Carbondale Refuse and Recyclign programs, please call the Maintenance and Environmental Services office at (618) 457-3275 or visit us on the web at

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