Answering commonly asked questions about recycling in Lakeland, FL

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Happy Earth Day, Lakeland. We’ve covered how you can keep our 38 lakes clean, but what about the rest of our city? To help readers take steps towards a greener Lakeland, we answered some frequently asked questions about recycling in Swan City.

What is recycling?

Recycling is any process by which materials – which would otherwise become solid waste –  are collected, separated, or processed + reused or returned to use as raw materials or products

What day will my recycling be picked up?

You can view your recycling pick-up schedule here using the City of Lakeland Solid Waste Service map. Make sure to place your container at the curb by 6 a.m. on collection day.

Where should I place my recycling bin for collection day?

Your recycling and garbage bins should be placed at the curb with a minimum of 3-ft between them and any other objects, such as cars and mailboxes.

Image showing how much space to leave between your recycling bin and other objects at the curb.
Photo courtesy of The City of Lakeland

Do I need to rinse or clean my recyclables before putting them in my blue container?

Recyclables should be cleared of all liquids and food residue to prevent attracting bugs + pests. 

Should I bag my recyclables in garbage bags?

No. Recyclable items can be “loose” within their blue bins. 

What should I recycle in my recycling bin?

  • Paper + cardboard
  • Glass bottles + jars
  • Plastic containers + bottles
  • Metal (like aluminum cans)

What items cannot go in my recycling bin?

  • Plastic wrap and film
  • Food + yard waste
  • Diapers
  • Clothing
  • Batteries +Electronics
  • Shredded paper
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam

If you’re unsure about an item, find specifics on what is recyclable here.

Keep it green, Lakeland ♻️