With a new curbside recycling company, TFC Recycling, stepping in July 1 in James City County, it’s a good time to revisit some helpful rules of recycling to make the process go smoothly.  

The most important of all is knowing what is acceptable for the recycling program and what is not, so let this info from the county’s website help:

ACCEPTABLE -- plastic bottles and jugs, cardboard, mixed paper, metal cans, glass bottles and jars. All other items are considered contamination to the recycling stream. 

Remember, it is NOT necessary to crush cans before placing them in the recycling bin. Yes, that saves space, but the Aluminum Association notes crushing cans may actually make cans harder to sort at the recycling center. 

Plastic jugs MAY be crushed, and metal bottle caps are OK. Plastic caps are not.

NOT ACCEPTABLE: plastic bags! (Take them to a grocery store that has marked bins for plastic bags out front), light bulbs, stretch wrap, pizza boxes, food waste, yard waste, diapers (please, no!) and long items that tangle such as rope, carpet, hoses, wire and Christmas lights. 

Bins with visible contaminants will not be emptied. Also, the county asks that you do not leave items such as cardboard on the curb outside of the bin. It won't be picked up.

If you haven’t received your new bin, it should arrive this week. 

Residents may recycle for free through September. They may opt-out of the monthly $7 program as of October 1. 

The county has produced this videoto help explain the recycling program.