Recycling

Click here for a quick guide on what you can and cannot recycle in Natchez. 

The City of Natchez has revived its recycling program, starting back up in July of 2013, with new partners and new infrastructure. The revival of our recycling program is seen as both helping the local environment and economic opportunities in the community. The city’s curbside recycling program is provided to both businesses and residents located in the city limits and are a single-stream curbside recycling system. Single-stream recycling means that resident and businesses can place all appropriate recyclable material in one bin or cart, making it very easy to recycle!

In addition to curbside recycling, outdoor metal receptacles have been placed throughout our historic downtown and along the Natchez Bluff for public recycling. The city, in partnership with the MS Department of Environmental Quality, also purchased a 2 CY compactor and companion 40 CY container, placing it at the Natchez Convention Center to further encourage businesses to recycle.

Arrow Disposal Services Inc. (ADSI), the city’s solid waste collection company, picks up residential and commercial recyclables every Wednesday, so remember to place your bins and carts out every Tuesday evening or early Wednesday so that they can be emptied!

The residential and business recycling fee is included in your monthly water/sewer/garbage bill.

Recycling Etiquette

Recycling collection is every Wednesday. Please place your cart or bin in a location that is visible and accessible from the curb but does not impede pedestrian or automobile traffic. Please cover your bin during inclement weather. This prevents the quality of the recyclable material from degrading. Rinse or soak bottles, cans and containers to ensure there is no heavy food or residue to prevent cross-contamination with other recyclables. Break down all cardboard boxes. This saves space and reduces the amount of energy needed to compress recyclable materials.

Why Recycle?

Recycling is a great way to practice environmental awareness – for all ages! Here are a few reasons to recycle:

  • Recycling reduces the amount of waste in trash bins that go to the landfill;
  • Recycling “closes the loop,” which means instead of a “cradle to grave” cycle, a “cradle to cradle” system can be implemented, saving energy and environments.
  • Recycling promotes jobs and economic gains for participating communities, companies and industries that buy recyclable material because it is cheaper to re-manufacture the material into “new” products, rather than extracting raw material to manufacture products.

Accepted Recycling Materials

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ALL PAPER & BOXES: office paper, magazines, junk mail, newspaper, computer paper, notebook paper, phone books, paperback books, construction paper, brown paper bags, milk or juice cartons (including gable top and aseptic containers), cardboard boxes, food boxes (clean - no food). All boxes should be broken down.

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ALL PLASTIC BOTTLES & CONTAINERS: drink bottles and their caps, detergent & cleaner bottles and their caps, yogurt/cottage cheese and other dairy "tubs" and their lids (please empty containers) and plastic trays, such as the lunchable type containers. NO PLASTIC BAGS, NO STYROFOAM, & NO GLASS.

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ALL METAL & ALUMINUM CANS: empty food and drink cans, empty aerosol cans, foils and trays.

AVOID MIXING FOOD WASTE OR CONTAMINATED MATERIALS IN YOUR RECYCLING.

Because our recycling program is SINGLE STREAM you can put all items in the cart together - no separation is required!

How do I start recycling?

If you are a new resident and do not have a 95-gallon cart contact Natchez Water Works at 601-445-5521 or visit their website at https://natchezwaterworks.com/home

If you are a business and want to purchase an 95-gallon cart, please call Arrow Disposal Services at 866-440-3983.  Please click here to view the ADSI Customer Service Quick Reference

Recycling Resources

Recycling is an essential practice at home or work! The following links are resources to help you get into the recycling habit -

  • Learn to recycle at Home, School or Work!
  • Plastic bags can be taken to your nearest Walmart
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Recycling website

For additional assistance please email Rico Giani in the Department of Planning & Community Development or call 601.445.7518.