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Recycling Center

The Wellington Recycle Center will be reopening with some modifications for a short period of time.  Due to the 2 month closure, we anticipate stock piles of materials and volumes of traffic that will exceed our ability to handle under normal operating conditions.  In an effort to prevent long waiting lines outside the facility, we ask citizens to follow the guidance below to assist us in getting caught up and back to normal operations over the next 2-3 weeks.


The Recycle Center will be open this Saturday ~ May 30th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (NOON) for CARDBOARD ONLY.  No other materials will be accepted on this day.

The following Saturday (June 6th), we will be accepting the regular recycling items between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, under the following schedule.  Individuals with last names beginning A-J, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and individuals with last names beginning K-Z from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  We hope this reduces excessive wait times and traffic impact around the facility.  We understand this schedule may not work for everyone, but if you have the ability to go at the recommended time, please do so for everyone’s benefit.

Beginning June 6th, all materials will need to be presorted before arriving at the Recycle Center.  This will help keep the line moving.  Unsorted materials left at the facility will not be processed.  Please refer to for items accepted and sorting requirements.

Beginning Monday June 8th, we will be open on Mondays 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM as the new schedule.  We will no longer be open on Wednesdays so we can concentrate on residential collection routes.

Saturday May 30th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Cardboard only

Saturday June 6th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, all accepted materials, Last name A-J

      12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, all accepted materials, Last name K-Z

Monday June 8th, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, all accepted materials

E-waste collection will resume June 13th, further details will be released prior to the date.

The Wellington Recycling Center opened in April 2005 to help reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill. The Recycling Center operations are funded through the Sanitation operations. Due to market changes and increased processing costs for most recyclable material, it was necessary to make changes in the City’s recycling program, effective April 1, 2019. The Recycling Center is the responsibility of the Public Works Department with Sanitation staff manning the facility during operating hours.

Please separate all materials into the product categories listed below. Each category will be handled differently. All plastic and cardboard food containers must be clean, dirty containers will be landfilled by the processors rather than recycled. Information will be provided to the public to assist in the education of different materials as it becomes available.

Product Category- Examples of Type of Materials Accepted:

  • #1 Plastics - water/soda bottles, salad dressing bottles, container lids (please remove container lids from
    the containers to maximize the baling process)
  • #2 Plastics - milk jugs, shampoo bottles, laundry detergent
  • Magazines - magazines, catalogs, postcard type mailers, waxy mail/newspaper inserts
  • White office paper - white paper with black ink only
  • Mixed paper - colored paper, envelopes, phone books
  • Corrugated cardboard - shipping boxes, shoe boxes
  • Chipboard cardboard - food and canned beverage boxes (no orange juice containers or juice boxes as they have a thick wax coating)
  • Newspaper
  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin cans

Consumers can quickly identify which type of plastic a container is made from by checking for the recycling symbol on the container, usually on the bottom or on a side label. Inside the symbol will be a number, 1-7, which is the resin code.

The type of plastic (denoted by its resin code) often determines what type of products it can be used to manufacture. See chart below:

 Symbol Code Description Examples
 01-PET  #1 PET(E)
Polyethylene terephthalate
Soda & water bottles, salad dressing bottles
 02-PEHD  #2 PEHD or HDPE
High-density Polyethylene
Milk jugs, shampoo & conditioner bottles
 03-PVC  #3 PVC
Polyvinyl chloride
Window frames, bottles for chemicals, flooring
 04-PELD  #4 PELD or LDPE
Low-density Polyethylene
Plastic bags, buckets, soap dispenser bottles, plastic tubes
 05-PP  #5 PP
Polypropylene Bumpers, car interior trim, industrial fibers, yogurt tubs
 06-PS  #6 PS
Polystyrene Toys, flower pots, ashtrays, trunks, "Styrofoam"
 07-O  #7 O(ther)
All other plastics
Bio-based plastics