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RECYCLING FAQS

Why am I now able to dump all my recyclables into one bin? What’s changed?

Technology’s changed. New machinery and processes enable us to sort your recyclable items after we pick them up, so you don’t have to. You can contact Alicia Archibald (alicia@bestwaydisposal.com) to set an appointment for a tour of our Material Recovery Facility here in Colorado Springs.

Why should I recycle?

Reducing, reusing and recycling reduces the need to harvest or manufacture new materials. That saves natural resources and energy. While there is always some pollution in any industrial process – including recycling – manufacturing using recycled material is less polluting and less resource intensive than manufacturing processes using virgin materials. Recycling also reduces the amount of trash littering our streets or going into landfills. Besides being eyesores, landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas and they carry the risk of air and groundwater pollution.

Why should I recycle with Bestway Disposal?

We make it easy, easy, easy! Simply throw all your recyclable items into your WayGreen cart and put it out with your weekly trash. Bestway Disposal stands for unmatched service, fair rates and 100% customer satisfaction.

Why does Bestway Disposal care about recycling?

The Kiemel family has operated Bestway Disposal since 1967 and, like you, the staff and management of Bestway Disposal care about the future world we leave to our children and grandchildren. Every day, we see the effects of trash disposal and realize the benefits of recycling and proper disposal. Our commitment to our customers is that we are dedicated to protecting the environment and safeguarding public health through proper disposal and recycling.

What can I recycle?

Bestway Disposal has one of the most comprehensive recycling programs in the area. As technology evolves, we’ll continue to look for ways to expand the list of items you can recycle. Right now, you can combine these recyclable items into a single cart:

  • Cardboard (flattened, please do your best to make sure it fits inside your cart completely)
  • Office paper
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Envelopes
  • Phone books
  • Paperboard
  • Brown paper bags
  • Newspapers and all inserts
  • Plastic containers #1 – #7
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Steel and tin cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Coffee cups

Are there items I am not allowed to recycle?

There are some items that technology does not allow us to recycle at this point in time. Sometimes these items are multiple materials pressed together or they may contain materials that we are unable to handle. When this changes we will notify you of that change. The list below gives some items we cannot take in your recycle stream. Keep these in mind when you are shopping if possible. Call us if you have a question about a specific item not listed below.

  • Plastic grocery bags, as these get caught in the processing equipment (please return to the store)
  • Ice cream containers
  • Styrofoam including packing peanuts
  • Juice boxes
  • Blister packs
  • Ziploc-type bags
  • Plastic lids or caps to creamers or bottled water/soda, etc.
  • Anything with food waste still inside of the container
  • Bags from inside paperboard containers such as inside a cereal box
  • Automotive chemical containers such as motor oil or antifreeze
  • Pesticide containers
  • Film
  • Tissues, napkins or paper towels (used or unused)

Will recycling with Bestway Disposal cost me more?

The cost for the WayGreen program is applied to your statement each month as a separate line item, $5.15 each month. However, recycling under this program WILL reduce your trash stream. As the amount of trash generated goes down, so will your service level needed. Potentially, the amount you pay each month could either be a few dollars more, about the same amount or even less!

Will my bill look different?

Yes. If you participate in WayGreen, you’ll see a separate charge noted on your bill.

I have a recycle bin now. Can I continue to use it?

If you currently recycle through Bestway Disposal you will need to call or sign up online for your cart, one that works with our equipment. If you’re new to recycling with Bestway Disposal, you’ll need to order a WayGreen cart to participate.

When and where do my recyclables get picked up?

Simply put your WayGreen recycle cart out at the curb or alley next to your weekly trash. We’ll pick it up at the same place and on the same day as your regular trash pickup. The time may be different since it is a separate truck picking up recyclables. **Please make sure to place each container at least 4 feet from each other.**

Since you’re picking up my recycle bin on the same day as my trash, isn’t it all just going into the landfill?

Only trash goes to the landfill. Bestway Disposal has two trucks to service your account to keep recyclable items separate from trash. Nothing is more important to us than our recycling reputation. We will verify our recycling quantities for you if you have further questions; just give us a call.

How do I get started?

Simply call (719) 633-8709, or email us at signup@bestwaydisposal.com. If you’re not currently recycling with Bestway Disposal, we’ll answer all your questions and make it easy for you to get started.

Is there a charge to recycle?

Because of the cost involved in transporting recyclables and the low value of materials, Bestway has implemented a $10.00 charge for dropping recycle.  If you are bringing a trash load there is no additional cost to drop recycle.

How can I keep up with changes in Bestway Disposal and recycling?

Keep visiting our website. You’ll get tips on recycling and information on what Bestway Disposal is doing to make recycling easier for you and your neighbors.

I still have more questions, can you help?

Try looking on the web. A great place to start is the Colorado Association for Recycling. They have lots of info and tips! Also check out www.ecocycle.org. Or browse the El Paso County Recycling Directory.

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