Bay City will be launching a new, fully-automated recycling collection service and residents will be receiving their new recycling carts starting Dec. 12 through Dec. 23. The 96-gallon carts will replace the current smaller bins. They will have wheels for easy maneuvering and attached lids to keep recyclables dry and secure. The new carts can hold five times the capacity of the recycling bins and will be large enough for most households.
Bay City applied for and received a grant from the Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit that works with city governments across the country to transform recycling programs. The grant, along with support from the American Beverage’s Every Bottle Back initiative, will prove 15,000 new recycling carts.
The city asks residents to place only recyclable materials in the carts, including glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, food and beverage cartons, paper products (including newspapers and flattened cardboard), and empty plastic bottles and containers. Residents are asked to rinse food and beverage containers to limit contamination.