Curbside Recycling FAQs

The City of Kokomo curbside recycling program collects recycling totes biweekly. Each single family residence is issued a blue, 96-gallon recycling tote, which will be collected in the same manner as the trash totes.

Tote fullHere are the most commonly asked questions and answers about the City of Kokomo’s new curbside recycling program:

Q:  Will each residence get a recycling tote?

A: Each single family household will receive one blue recycling tote.

Q:  Is it possible to request a second tote?

A: No, each household will be provided with one recycling tote.

Q: How often will recycling be collected?

A: Recycling will be collected every other week, on the same day as your regular trash collection. 

Q: Is my participation mandatory?

A: Yes participation is mandatory.

Q: Will there still be drop off locations for recycling?

A: Recyclables can dropped off at 1701 N. Market.

Q: I know it will be on regular trash pickup days, but how often will the recycling totes be emptied?

A: Recycling will be collected every other week on the same day as regular trash collection. You will be notified of the specific weeks.

Q: Are the individual totes delivered to all of Kokomo, everywhere the city currently maintains?

A: Each single family household that has a regular trash tote will receive a blue recycling tote.

Q: Do we just toss our recyclables in loosely?

A: The recycling is single-stream, so everything should be loose – not bagged. Single-stream (also known as “fully commingled” or "single-sort") recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals, and other containers are mixed in a collection truck, instead of being sorted by the depositor into separate commodities (newspaper, paperboard, corrugated fiberboard, plastic, etc.

Q: Can I recycle plastic shopping bags?

A: No. Plastic bags can NOT be recycled.

Q: What about Ewaste?

A: Ewaste (computers, electronics, and batteries) cannot be recycled in a city tote. Ewaste can be recycled at the Howard County Recycling District, 4102 Cartwright Drive. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays.

Q: I have always been under the impression that all food/beverage containers had to be cleaned out before going. I can't think of many instances when foil wouldn't be caked with food residue yet it lists it as recyclable. Is this the case? And should soiled foil be trashed or recycled?

A: Anything that is soiled should be disposed of in regular trash. It is usually a good idea to rinse out soda bottles etc.

Q:  Why no frozen food boxes?

A:  It has to do with the coating on the boxes: "The plastic coating sprayed on frozen food boxes makes the paperboard underneath impossible to recycle in the standard pulp process because the container will not break apart during recycling, as is required."