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.
WastePro, 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 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.
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
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.
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.
ALL METAL & ALUMINUM CANS: empty food and drink cans, empty aerosol cans, foils and trays.
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 an 18-gallon tote, contact the City Clerk’s office at 601-445-7505. If you are an existing resident and want to purchase a second tote, again call the City Clerk’s office. The cost of the second tote is $25.00.
If you are a business and want to purchase an 18-gallon tote, please call the local WastePro office at 601.304.1333. If you want to purchase a 95 gallon cart and join the Green Alliance, a 501.c.3 not-for-profit that promotes recycling efforts, contact Jim Smith at 601.870.8330 or visit their website.
Recycling News and Notes
- Plastic bags can be taken to your nearest Walmart
- Concordia Metals in Vidalia accepts computers and electronic equipment at their drop off locations including hard drives, printers, modems and switches.
- Concordia Metals also accepts all appliances, toasters, automobile batteries, and air conditioners.
- For more information call Concordia Metals at 318.336.5276
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!
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Recycling website
For additional assistance please contact Natchez Public Works at 601.445.6652, email Rico Giani in the Department of Planning & Community Development or call 601.445.7518.