Throwing out plastic bags or medical sharps? Please don’t use the brown recycling cart – put them in the gray trash cart.

“Tanglers,” such as plastic bags or wrap, rope, wire, clothes, cords, hoses, holiday lights, and chains can become tangled in recycling equipment, bringing processing to a grinding halt.

Do not put recyclables in plastic bags and do not put plastic bags in your brown recycling cart. Instead, place bags in the gray trash cart, or find a grocery store that accepts plastic bags for recycling by visiting

Remember: When in doubt, throw it out.

Help the city keep its recycling and trash collection crews safe. Workers can get stuck by medical sharps and syringes that are not in suitable disposal containers. And damaged lift bars on city recycling or trash carts can cut customers and crew members.

To dispose of medical sharps and syringes, use containers made of heavy-duty plastic that can be closed tightly with a puncture-proof lid. Label the container and place it in the middle of your household trash in the gray trash cart – or find a disposal program. Find more community guidelines about safe disposal at

Got a city recycling or trash cart that’s falling apart? Call 240-314-8568. We’ll replace it for you.

Learn more about the city’s recycling and trash collection at