Welcome, Future Folsom Recycling Expert!

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Recycling got you confused? Try a bird’s-eye view.

Whether you’re a recycling veteran, or someone who wants to do better, we all need a little help sometimes. I’m your go-to guide to help answer any of your recycling questions. But you can just call me, Bertie.

Speaking of, our first stop? A quick Folsom recycling cheat sheet.

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Want even more expertise? Check out these commonly asked inquiries.

A: In Folsom, make sure your cart is at the curb by 6 a.m. on your designated collection day. To find your exact day, put your address in our waste collection calendar or download The City of Folsom Waste Collection app available from Google Play and the App Store.

A: You can skip the suds and save your dishwasher drain from the cat food cans. A simple rinse or wipe will do just fine.

A: E-waste and electronics aren’t accepted in curbside recycling, drop-off containers or trash. Please schedule a pick-up appointment online or in The City of Folsom’s Waste and Recycling Department app for electronic recycling. Pick-up appointments are also available for battery recycling, or find a location accepting them near you using our online waste wizard tool.

A: Unfortunately, Styrofoam and other foam materials aren’t accepted in your curbside recycling or at drop-off locations. Foam food containers such as to-go boxes, cups, and packing peanuts are not widely recyclable and should be put in the trash instead.

A: In Folsom you can recycle metal cans, think soda and soup along with aluminum foil. Small metal pots and pans and decorative tins can be recycled but a better option would be reuse. Use our waste wizard tool to find a location where you can donate

A: I get it. Plastic recycling feels confusing and it isn’t as simple as 1,2,3…There are seven different numbers. Even if a piece of plastic has the recycling symbol on it, it may not be accepted in your cart. Recycle all of your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room bottles and containers and more. Use our waste wizard tool to see what plastics you can recycle!

Certain plastic materials like plastic bags can get caught in recycling machines. Leave these out of your recycling and find a nearby drop-off location for them.

A: If you carry your recyclables to the curb in a plastic bag, make sure to empty your recyclables out of it rather than putting the bag in the recycling as well. Leave these plastic bags out of your recycling bin and take them to a store dop-off location.

A: Tires and other big items can be picked up by scheduling a bulky waste pick-up with the Folsom Waste and Recycling Division. Items like used motor oil, oil-based paints, aerosols and other household hazardous waste items can be disposed of by scheduling a pick-up using our online tool or by calling 916-461-6730.

A: Your old mattresses and appliances like microwaves, refrigerators and washing machines can be disposed of by scheduling a bulky waste pickup and placing it at the curb by 6 a.m. on your scheduled day. Small appliances like coffee pots and toasters do not need a bulky waste appointment and can instead be placed directly in your trash can.

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