Washington County Solid Waste

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are the holes small on the Binnies?

Public Drop Off Recycling is an extremely cost effective way for municipalities to start a recycling program for their residents. The #1 threat to a drop off program’s success is contamination. Having too much trash and wet garbage mixed in with recyclables eventually leaves processors no choice but to refuse the material all together. It is too labor intensive to sort through and it only takes a little bit of trash to ruin hundreds and thousands of pounds of recyclables.

We have the containers (Binnies) that encourage residents to think about what they are putting in the bins and deter those that would, from placing trash in the bins. So far, we have seen very little contamination in our recyclables. This means more money for Washington County and the opportunity to allow the Washington County Recycling Program to grow.

Does this work for Washington County?

In the first year of this program, residents have recycled over 2 million pounds of material and have raised over $27,000 for Washington County. It has been a great educational platform to discuss all different aspects of recycling in Washington County. Washington County residents should be extremely proud of what they have accomplished in a year’s time.

Where can I recycle corrugate cardboard?

Corrugated cardborad can be placed in your BLUCAN!

Is paperboard the same as cardboard?

NO. Paperboard has many different names; box board, white board, grey board, pressed board. Some examples of paperboard are cereal boxes, frozen food containers, or mac n’ cheese boxes. Most of what we buy in the grocery store is packaged in paperboard.

How do I know if my plastic container is recyclable?

Plastic containers should all have the recycling symbol placed at the bottom of the container. It is a triangular symbol that has a number in the middle of it. In the Washington County Recycling Program, residents can recycle any container that has a #1 or #2.

What items can I recycle?
Please look under the “Recycling” tab on this website. Click on What can I Recycle to download a chart of what is recyclable in the Binnies. The lid of your BLUCAN has a list of acceptable materials.

For more detailed questions, please call (435) 673-2813.

Why are we not able to accept Styrofoam at this time to be recycled?

We do not have processors in Washington County that accept Styrofoam at this time. If you do have packing material, see if there is a local shipping company that is able to reuse the Styrofoam peanuts. It is really nasty stuff, so if you can avoid it please do!

Does the WCSW sell the material we collect? If so, where does the money go?

The Washington County Recycling Program sells the plastic, metals, and paper items that are deposited in the Binnies.  100% of the money earned on that material goes back to the cities and towns that make up Washington County. At each Binnie site there is a sign indicating where the money goes to when recyclables are deposited in that particular site.  Unfortunately at this time glass is hard to recycle and costs the district thereby reducing the amount of money we can return to the cities.  If you have questions about the commodity money in your area, please contact your local city officials or WCSW at  (435) 673-2813.

Due to the current market conditions, money is not currently being generated through the recycling programs.

How can I learn more?

To learn more about the Washington County Recycling Program, please call WCSW at (435) 673-2813.