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City and Republic Services Launch Trim Your Waste Recycling Contest

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Press Release - City and Republic Services Launch Trim Your Waste Recycling Contest

Posted: 02/25/2016

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Recycle Smarter In March and You Could Win a $100 Prize

Elk Grove, Calif. – Even if your January weight-loss resolution turned into a distant memory, there’s still a chance to “Trim Your Waste” and get rewarded for good recycling habits. The City of Elk Grove and Republic Services have teamed up to launch a new contest that promotes shrinking contributions to our local landfills.

During the month of March, Republic Services employees will randomly select residential recycling carts within the twelve service areas throughout the city for inspection. The first household in each area with no contaminants (i.e. trash) in their recycle cart will be awarded a $100 gift card.

“We want to educate and reinforce good recycling habits that will help our City lessen its impact on local landfills,” said Tony Cincotta, Republic Services General Manager. “This is a fun way to encourage and reward recycling in our community.”

Determining what is really recyclable can be confusing. Below is a list of items acceptable for recycling and some frequent misnomers:

Acceptable Materials:

Typical items mistaken for Recyclables:

  • All plastic containers (#1-7)
  • Tin & steel cans
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • All Glass bottles & jars
  • Small scrap metal
  • All Mixed paper (magazines, junk mail, office paper, computer paper, catalogs, paperboard, telephone books, paper grocery bags, paper egg cartons, envelopes, legal pad backing)
  • Aluminum foil & trays
  • Chipboard boxes (such as cereal, tissue boxes and shoeboxes)
  • Shredded paper (placed in a paper sack and stapled at the top)
  • Plastic film bags (plastic bags placed into one single bag and tied at the top
  • Rigid Plastic (kids toys – all metal must be removed)
  • Plastic-coated milk cartons
  • Plastic wrap
  • Flexible plastic packaging (snack food pouches, squeezable yogurt tubes)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Hoses
  • Waxed paper
  • Contaminated paper items
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Polystyrene (Styrofoam)
  • Clothing
  • Rugs
  • Carpet
  • Food waste
  • Food wrappers contaminated with food


Winners will be contacted by Republic Services and asked to attend a City Council Meeting in April to be recognized and awarded their prize. Each winner will also be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize, a $200 gift card.

To be eligible, an account must be current and in good standing to be eligible for either prize.  For questions about the Trim Your Waste contest, contact Annah Rulon at Republic Services at 916-669-6868.

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