HERNANDO’S RECYCLING PROGRAM
The city of Hernando has two recycling options available for homeowners and small businesses. The city offers curbside recycling once a week for a monthly fee of $3.00. Hernando also has a large item drop off location at the Gale Center.
When you participate in curbside recycling your recyclables are picked up every Friday. Each participating household receives two bins, one for plastic, metal and glass, and one for paper and cardboard.
If you need additional bins, they can be purchased for $7.00 each, but the monthly fee remains the same. Wheeled bins are available for those who need them, also.
WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED?
Commingled Containers (bottles and cans) are glass bottles, metal cans, and plastic bottles (with any number within the recycling symbol), mixed in one bin.
- Glass food and beverage bottles and jars of any color. Paper labels are acceptable as are rings and lids on glass containers.
- Tin/steel cans, tin-plated, food and beverage containers, all sizes; paper labels are acceptable.
- All plastic bottles such as:
- Plastic milk jugs
- Detergent bottles
- Soda bottles
- Dish washing soap bottles
- Shampoo bottles
- Caps and labels are acceptable. Motor oil and antifreeze containers are NOT acceptable. Tubs, pots, and trays are NOT acceptable.
Residential fiber consists of all clean and dry paper and cardboard, mixed in one bin. This includes:
- Newspapers and advertisement inserts
- Corrugated containers (cardboard)
- Paper bags
- Junk mail- envelopes with windows are acceptable
- Copy paper
- Note pad paper
- Non-corrugate cardboard, commonly used in dry food and cereal boxes, and other similar packaging. Boxboard with wax or plastic coating and boxboard that has been contaminated by food is NOT acceptable.
- Plastic bags are NOT acceptable, but they can be taken to Kroger and Wal-Mart to be recycled.
WHY RECYCLING IS IMPORTANT– A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
The city of Hernando recycles because we know it is the right thing to do– for our natural environment and for fiscal responsibility. Recycling conserves natural resources, saves landfill space, conserves energy (recycling aluminum, for example, takes 95% less energy than new aluminum from bauxite ore), and reduces water and air pollution. Everything that goes into a landfill stays there, taking up space. As waste breaks down- which can take hundreds of years- it releases the greenhouse gas, methane, and can emit many toxic pollutants into the water table. Keeping recyclable items out of the landfills keeps air and water cleaner, reduces the need for us to build new or expand landfills, and conserves resources by putting existing materials back to good use. – Chip Johnson, Mayor
**To sign up for curbside recycling in Hernando, call the city at 662-429-9092.