Items Recycled by the City

Recycling saves energy, conserves natural resources, helps protect the environment, reduces landfills, and strengthens the economy.

Did you know?
·Recycling one stack of Manchester Enterprise newspapers that is six feet tall saves the life of one tree 35 feet tall.
·Recycling a glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours.
·Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours.
·Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution.

The City of Manchester has established a very successful recycling program that involves 63 commercial recycling customers, six local schools, and numerous private citizens. In 2008 the city recycled more than 103 tons of paper and cardboard. Clay County High School alone recycles nearly 500 bottles each day.

The city receives the following recyclables:
·Paper Products – boxboard (cereal, cracker, cake-mix, spaghetti, etc., boxes), brown paper bags, catalogues, magazines, newspapers, office and school paper, phone books, unwanted mail, fliers, and corrugated cardboard (flattened; packing materials removed).
·Cans – aluminum soda cans
·Plastic – bottles and jugs (soda, milk, water, juice, detergent, bleach, and fabric softener).
·Plastic – water and soda bottles

Recyclables are collected from businesses, restaurants, and schools on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Residents may drop off their recycling at the City Garage on Memorial Drive, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday; OR, residents may contact the city (598-3456) for pick-up within the city limits on Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Businesses or schools interested in starting a recycling program should call the city for more information.

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