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Single-stream recycling allows customers the ease and convenience of placing all acceptable recyclable materials into a single bin (customers also have a bin for their solid waste). This enhanced recycling program decreases the amount of waste generated and increases the diversion/recycling rate. Each residential customer is provided a bin for recyclable materials (a blue bin) in addition to their garbage bin (green or black bin) for garbage.
There are several benefits to single-stream recycling:
– Easy and convenient for customers
– More recyclable items accepted
– Enhances neighborhood beautification
– Reduces recycling thefts at the curb
– Increases recycling within the City of Ruston
– Improves worker safety
Single-stream recycling allows for the collection and processing of a wider variety of recyclable material, including:
Cardboard can be cut up and placed in the bin. Do not pack the bin too tight or it will not be able to be emptied at pickup.
No liquids or loose food can be placed in the recycling bin. Food and liquids spoil the recyclability of paper and cardboard. Your recyclables should be cleaned of food residue. All paper put into the bin must be dry.
The recycling processing facility uses an automated system to sort and bale the recyclables. We cannot take plastic disposable meat trays, pizza boxes, or Styrofoam (in any form- takeout containers, egg binons, packing materials) because of contamination. You are encouraged to ask for paper bags during shopping or opt for the cloth/mesh reusable bags.
The City of Ruston requires all customers to use the trash and recycling bins that we provide. Customers cannot use their own bins. Ruston’s bins are designed for pick up by our automated collection trucks. The automated truck mechanism is not able to service other customer owned containers.
The effectiveness of the program will be a citywide effort. Contamination from just one resident can contaminate an entire load of recyclables. Therefore, if a customer places garbage in their recycling bin, that customer will be not be picked up and will be subject to an additional fine. This charge will be added to the next bill.
All bins must be placed at the curb by midnight before on your scheduled day of service. Please place your bins at least 3 feet apart to allow for easier pickup for the collection crew.
All bins must be placed on the curb of the nearest public road because garbage trucks cannot travel on private drives.
· Inside City Limits -Recycling is collected every week. Monday garbage pick up route will have their recycling picked up every Thursday. Tuesday garbage pick up route will have their recycling picked up every Friday.
· Outside City Limits (3 mile radius)- Recycling is collected the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month.
No. A portion of the operating cost of the recycling program is offset through the sale of recyclable materials.
Recyclables are taken to a processing center in Shreveport where materials are sorted, screened for contamination, and baled for shipment to plants where they are made into new products.
Yard trash can be placed in a Bagster provided by the City. Bagster Heavy Debris Bags are FREE and available at City Hall and Public Works Department. Yard Trash in the Bagster will be picked up within 72 hours. Call 242-7700 for pickup.
Non-Bagster yard trash and all other items such as furniture and appliances will be picked up monthly.
The City of Ruston holds a yearly Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in the Spring. The drop off site is the North Louisiana Exhibition Center - 165 Fairgrounds Road (off Hwy 33 North) FREE to all Lincoln Parish and City of Ruston residents. Please no commercial or business waste. Items that will be accepted: