Sun Lakes recycles…at last!

sun-lakes-recyclingAs a Sun Lakes resident, I’ve always been bothered by the fact that the only way you could recycle your newspapers, cans, etc. was to drive your trash to the recycling centers or send home bags of trash with your kids (the latter being the route I took).

But all that has changed with last week’s drop off of recycling containers to Sun Lakes residents who requested them.  It would have been nice if Sun Lakes Disposal has included a list of recyclable items that are allowable (or maybe they mailed one out and I didn’t receive it? Who knows.)  So…Here’s the list for anyone who was pondering whether that plastic cottage cheese container was recyclable.

Newspapers:  Daily Newspapers, all inserts, magazines & phone books

Paper items: Computer & writing paper, file folders, paper bags, shredded paper (in clear bags), junk mail, thermal fax paper, pet food bags

Glass: Food and beverage items only

Plastic: containers numbered with code 1-7 on bottom, plastic soda & water bottles, clear food containers

Aluminum & Metal;  Tin and food cans; foil food containers, toasters, microwaves (Really? Toasters & Microwaves???)

Cardboard & Chipboard:  Corrugated boxes, dry food boxes (cereal, cake mix, cracker boxes, etc)…remove liners first…; shoe boxes, bar soap and detergent boxes, beer & soda boxes

What’s not recyclable: Facial Tissue, Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, diapers, pottery, window glass, light bulbs, Styrofoam, plastic bags, 5 datebookgallon buckets or larger, false teeth, eyeglasses, tennis balls & tomato plants (OK, I made the last few up just to see if you were paying attention).

REMEMBER…Recycling pick-up is the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Garbage pick-up is Tuesday & Friday weekly.  Don’t put your recyclable container out with your regular trash pick up or…well, I’m not sure what would happen, but I wouldn’t risk it!


  1. The Sun Lakes recycling program is a big hit! I just wish the recycling containers were a bit bigger!