Recycling Audits Help Inform Customers on Recycling
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
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
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.
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
Each 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
- 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
- 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).