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Recycling Center

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)
  • 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