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Changes coming to Norman's recycling program in January

on December 18, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2020, the City of Norman's recycling contractor, Republic Services, is making changes to their acceptable items list. Glass and plastics marked #3 through #7 will no longer be acceptable to place in your recycling bin.

Republic is making these changes in response to major shifts in the recycling industry over the past two years. At this point, the carbon footprint to collect, transport and recycle glass now exceeds the benefit of recycling it, so it is no longer environmentally responsible to recycle glass. For plastics #3 through #7, there is no longer a market for the product, so there is no way to recycle it responsibly.

"Norman is a very environmentally conscious city with more than a 90% participation rate in our recycling program," said Director of Utilities Ken Komiske. "With so many major challenges facing the recycling industry today, the best thing customers can do to keep up is to follow the four R's of recycling – refuse, reduce, reuse and lastly recycle."

Residents are still able to recycle:

  • Plastics #1 and #2
    • Look on the bottom of containers for a number inside the recycling arrows. Most kitchen, laundry and bathroom bottles are plastic #1 and #2.
  • Metal and aluminum cans
  • Cardboard, newspaper and magazines
  • Paper food containers
  • Paper
  • And remember, when in doubt, throw it out!

The changes to acceptable items impact all Republic partner cities in the metro, including Norman, Midwest City and Edmond. For additional information on the recycling program, visit http://www.normanok.gov/ln/trash-and-recycling-faqs.