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Curb it! Use the Recycling Cart!

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How to set out your Garbage Cart, Recycling Cart,
Yard Waste and Trash!

Baton Rouge Residents now have “Single Stream Recycling” using 64-gallon, wheeled carts provided by the City. The new carts are larger, easier to move round and hold more recyclables. The lid will keep out rain, pets and other pests. With the new “Single Stream” recycling system, all recyclables are collected together and then mechanically sorted at the Recycling Foundation Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

To order a recycling cart or to repair or replace a cart contact the 3-1-1 Call Center at 389-3090 or submit a Request for Service online visit: .

Put It By the Curb!

Place garbage, trash and recyclables curbside after 6 p.m. on the day before your collection day, all collection services start at 5 a.m. Leave a 3-foot space between the garbage cart and the recycling cart.

Debris left by construction or tree surgeons is not covered in the residential coverage. Removal is the responsibility of the contractor.

* This cart is for Recycling Materials Only!
* Do Not Bag Recyclables, place them loose in the cart.
* Be sure the cart lid is completely closed for collection.


Plastic with #1 through #7 inside the triangular shaped recycling symbol, beverage bottles, food containers (rinse), detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, prescription bottles, baby wipe containers, household cleaner and bleach bottles (empty and rinse), flower pots, buckets (5-gallon or less, remove metal handles).

"NO" plastic bags, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, plastic film, household garbage, yard trimmings or woody waste, building materials, automobile/trailer or bike tires, household or hazardous waste (electronics, batteries, paint, chemicals, oil or oil filters), soiled papers (diapers, tissues, paper towels, paper plates, napkins, or pizza boxes). Clothes hangers, toys, 6-pack rings, chemical containers, packing materials or plastic wrap.

"NO" Styrofoam, plastic bags, bubble wrap and plastic film even though some of these may have a recycling logo on them.


Junk mail, coupons, white or colored paper, gift wrap, envelopes, paper grocery bags, shopping bags (remove  handles), catalogs, magazines, newspapers and inserts (remove  rubber bands and plastic bags, do not tie up newspapers), paperback books, telephone books, shredded paper).

"NO" soiled paper, photos, hard cover  books, carbon paper, newspaper delivery bags or rubber bands.


Juice, milk and cream boxes and cartons (rinse), cereal and cracker  boxes (remove liners).

"NO" waxy frozen food packaging, take-out food containers, or pizza boxes!


Clear, brown and green beverage bottles and food jars (empty and rinse), wine bottles (remove top, cork and foil, rinse).

"NO" light bulbs, mirrors, window glass, drinking glasses, ceramics,  or Pyrex!


Aluminum, tin and metal alloy beverage, food and pet food cans, metal lids (empty and rinse).

"NO" aerosol cans, wire hangers, aluminum foil, pie pans, non-food metal containers!


Corrugated and paperboard boxes, 6, 12 and 24-pack drink cartons (flattened), paper egg cartons, shoe boxes.

"NO" pizza boxes, plastic or foam packing material, waxed cardboard or boxes with plastic or foil linings! Flatten corrugated boxes and place in cart or on ground next to cart!

Remove all tops and lids from non-metal containers and discard!


Missed Collection?

Call 311 or 389-3090, or for more information call the East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office at 389-5194.

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