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Frequently Asked Questions

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. See the Curbside Recycling Guidelines This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from

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. Visit My Government Services  for Recycling, Garbage, and Bulky Trash & Yard Waste Collection Days.

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, styro foam 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 Waste Connection, Inc. at 7923 Tom Drive. At the recycling facility or MRF, materials are sorted and baled, and shipped off to be processed into new recycled products such as newspaper, paperboard, insulation, carpet, plastic lumber, 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. Apartment dwellers and small businesses can drop off their recyclables 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at  Waste Connection, Inc. located at 7923 Tom Drive, Baton Rouge, La. or call 225.925.3442. Check our Community Drop-off page or download Recycle Rouge Round-Up flyer This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from 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. Visit our Household Hazardous Materials Collections Day page for the events and a list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials.

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 Hazardous 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.

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