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Frequently Asked Questions

 What can I put in my recycle cart?
What time should I put out my recycling cart?
What day should I set out my recycling cart?
What should I do if the recycling truck accidentally misses my weekly pick-up?
Why canít all plastics be recycled?
Can I recycle magazines, junk mail, newspaper inserts, and phone books?
What happens to the recyclables after they are collected?
Why should I buy recycled products?
Where/When is the monthly recycling drop-off for apartment dwellers & small businesses?
When is Household Hazardous Material Collection Day (HHMCD)?
How do I dispose of paint, batteries, motor oil, propane tanks, etc?
Where can I buy a compost bin?
My office or business wants to recycle, what should we do?

What can I put in my recycle cart?

Newspaper, magazines, scrap paper, cardboard, glass, plastics with a 1-7 inside the recycle arrow, milk cartons, juice boxes, detergent refill containers, aluminum cans, tin cans, steel cans, bi-metal cans and metal lids. Curbside Recycling Guidelines This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

What time should I put out my recycling cart?

It is best to put your recycling cart out the night before your cart is to be picked up. Route pick up begins at 5 a.m. each morning.

Which day should I set out my recycling cart?

Recycling occurs in your area on one of your scheduled garbage days. Check the map under Recycling Foundation Collection Routes to locate your neighborhood and the appropriate collection day.

What should I do if the recycling truck accidentally misses my weekly pick-up?

Call the East Baton Rouge Parish Citizens Service @ 311 or 389-3090 to report the missed pick-up.

Can I recycle large corrugated boxes?

Yes, large corrugated boxes can be flattened and placed on the ground next to your recycling cart. This includes very large boxes, such as, appliance boxes. Remove any packing materials, styrofoam and straps.

Can I recycle magazines, junk mail, newspaper inserts, and phone books?

Yes, just put these items loose in your recycling cart. These materials are collected along with other paper materials here in Baton Rouge.

What happens to the recyclables after they are collected?

Recyclables collected at the curbside and monthly drop-off are transported to the Recycling Foundation at 7923 Tom Drive. At the recyclery, materials are separated, baled, and shipped off to be processed into new recycled products such as newspaper, insulation, carpet, T-shirts, sweaters, construction materials, tin and aluminum cans.

Why should I buy recycled products?

By purchasing recycled products, you are creating a market for the materials you set out at the curb. The recycling industry also creates jobs; according to a 2002 survey, over 300 jobs are associated with the recycling industry in East Baton Rouge Parish. Buying recycled products boosts the economy while reducing pollution; saving landfill space; and conserving natural resources, energy, and water. Please, buy recycled products and close the loop.

Where and when is the monthly recycling drop-off for apartment dwellers and small businesses?

Apartment dwellers and small businesses can recycle using the monthly drop-off. Recyclables are collected on the third Saturday of each month. Drop-off is 8 a.m. until 12 noon in the parking lot of the Louisiana Department of Insurance Office of Receivership at 6945 Florida Boulevard on the corner of Florida and Donmoor. Check our community drop-off This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com page to learn more.

When is the next Household Hazardous Material Collection Day?

The East Baton Rouge Recycling Office currently conducts two Household Hazardous Material collections a year, one in the Spring and one in the fall. Household Hazardous Materials Collections Day is advertise on our site. Check back for postings for the next collection event and a list of acceptable and non acceptable materials. Recycle these Household Hazardous Materials Locally This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

How do I dispose of paint, batteries, motor oil, propane tanks, etc.?

These materials are considered household hazards and must be disposed of properly. Our Household Hazards page to learn more about proper disposal.                 

Where can I buy a compost bin?

Check back for Recycling's postings for Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale held annually. Compost bins can be purchased on line from Garden Supply companies or from garden supply catalogs. Also check with your local Garden Center or Hardware store, they may be able to order one for you.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office also has designs for compost bins that you can build out of simple materials at home.  Visit our Yard Smart, Earth Wise page to find out how to build one or call our office at 389-5194 for a copy of the designs.

My office or business wants to recycle, what should we do?

Office recycling and business waste reduction practices are great ways to streamline operations and protect the environment. The recycling office can provide information for businesses to perform internal waste audits. Businesses can then contract with a local waste hauler for recycling services.

The Recycling Office website is also a good resource for both businesses and residents interested in recycling and waste reduction.

The Recycling Foundation
www.recyclingfoundation.com
Steven Cheatham
7923 Tom Drive
Baton Rouge, La. 70806
225 925-3442

SP Recycling (Paper Only!)
Scott OíNeal
8124 South Choctaw
Baton Rouge, La 70815
926-6397

Tiger Shredding (Paper Only!)
*Also listed as AAA Recycling and Cardboard
http://tigershreddingla.com/services.htm
Josh Goodson
6307 Quinn Drive
Baton Rouge, La 70817
225 303-0125