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.
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
- Batteries +Electronics
- Shredded paper
- Plastic bags
If you’re unsure about an item, find specifics on what is recyclable here.
Keep it green, Lakeland ♻️