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Recycling Audits Help Inform Customers on Recycling Practices

March 2014: The City of Tulsa is required to perform quarterly audits to help avoid high contamination rates among 109,000 Tulsa recycling customers. With the recycling program just over a year old, city staff has found that most citizens have embraced the new recycling system and are recycling more, not just because it keeps refuse rates down, but because it's better for the environment.


What is a recycling audit? City solid waste staff joins the recycling haulers on daily routes to view recyclable materials in blue carts. Then, they go to work educating the customers. While in the field, City staff leaves information on recycling; including items that the City can collect and process, as well as items that cannot be reused, marketed or that cause mechanical  problems at the processing facility.


When a customer has placed an item in the blue cart that cannot be accepted for processing, the recycling guidelines are left at the home. If a customer does not wish to follow the guidelines three times in a row, and after the customer has been contacted by phone or in person by City staff, the blue recycling cart will be removed from the customer. The customer may pay for an additional gray cart for regular household trash.


Using the volume-based system, customers pay for what they throw into the trash. Recyclers often opt for smaller gray trash carts to reduce their utility costs. 


What can I put in my blue recycle cart? When in doubt, check it out.


RecyclingCartEach City of Tulsa resident has the opportunity to recycle as a 96-gallon blue recycling cart has been provided to residents. Recycling is NOT mandatory, but is included in all service plan rates.

More than 80 percent of your household waste is recyclable! The more you recycle the less trash you throw out. The less trash you throw out, the smaller the trash cart you need. The smaller the trash cart, the less you pay for monthly collection service.

Learn more about what can and cannot be recycled.

Only recycling placed in City of Tulsa issued recycling carts will be collected

  • Place all recyclables loose in the cart. No need to separate!
  • Do not bag recyclables.
  • Cart(s) must be set out before 6 a.m. on your collection day. The hauler has until 8 p.m. to collect your recyclables.
  • Cart lids must be closed completely.
  • Cart(s) must be removed from the curb within 12 hours after the cart has been serviced.
  • Position carts at the curb with lid opening toward the street
  • Please leave 3 ft. of space between the recycling and refuse carts and place away from any obstruction (i.e. landscaping, light pole, basketball goal, vehicles, mailbox).

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