A new Recycle Sedalia program begins to roll out in mid-September, and it's better and easier than ever! On September 17 and continuing through September 28, 2018, the City of Sedalia will be providing residents, at no additional cost, (2) heavy-duty, wheeled carts for trash and recycling; a gray cart for trash and a blue one for recycling. On September 7, the automated truck manufacturer notified the City of a delay in delivering the new trucks. With the late change from McNeilus on the trucks, the cart manufacturer was unable to reschedule distribution of cars to homes. Carts will be delivered between September 17 and September 28, but their use for trash and recycling collection will be delayed until November 6.
Most every recycling product will be accepted and a complete list of recyclables is listed below. Citizens are asked to use the carts instead of placing bags at the curb or in their current cans, making them available for other uses. Recycling products will not need to be sorted. They can all go into the blue recycling cart together, so it's much easier. Remember glass will still need to be deposited at the City's glass drop-off locations.
Currently, the city's trash and recycling program provides pick-up of both trash and recyclables, as well as physical locations for recycling glass and other materials. Trash and recyclables must be kept separate at curbside. This requires city workers to physically pick up all materials and place them in sanitation trucks, exposing workers to traffic or dangerous waste. This work is physically demanding and dangerous.
With use of the new carts and the addition of new trucks with automation, workers will be able to drive throughout the community and pick up and dump carts directly into the truck, without ever leaving the truck cab. Automated curbside collection is a more efficient way to collect garbage and recycling. This will save the city money each year through lower fuel costs, insurance costs and less employee turnover.
Recycling is a safe, reliable way to reuse various consumer materials and it reduces the amount of solid waste taken to the landfills. The City of Sedalia has long recognized that recycling is an environmentally responsible thing to do. This new program, called Recycle Sedalia, is good for everyone.
- Residents have an easier and better way to recycle.
- Ratepayers have an innovative new program that will keep costs down.
- The community becomes an overall cleaner place to live.
Carts and detailed information about the new program will be delivered to residents beginning in mid-August. the new service will start shortly thereafter. Following is a list of items that are accepted and are not accepted for curbside recycling.
Accepted Materials for Recycling
- Phone books
- Paper egg cartons
- Opened mail and greeting cards
- File folders
- White or pastel office paper
- Magazines, brochures and catalogs
- Paperboard boxes
- Paperback books
- Pizza boxes
- Corrugated cardboard
- Paper bags
- Paper milk/juice cartons (no foil pouches, do not flatten)
- Clean balled aluminum foil (2" or larger) and pie pans
- Empty aerosol cans (no caps)
- Cans (do not crush or flatten)
- #1-7 plastic tubs, screw top jars, bottles and jugs
(no lids, no #7 PLA compostables do not flatten!)
- Loose metal jar lids and steel bottle caps
Items NOT Accepted for Recycling
- Thin plastic bags such as those used at grocery stores and big box retailers
- Windows, window glass
- Glass, drinking glasses, mirrors
- Ceramics, plates, vases
- Scrap metal
- Light bulbs, fluorescent tubes
- Tyvek Envelopes
- Plastic microwave trays
- Frozen food, ice cream or frozen juice containers
- Medical waste, needles or syringes
- Hazardous or bio-hazardous waste
- Tissues, paper towels, napkins
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their Answers, click here.
Pettis County Recycles Too!
The City of Sedalia and Pettis County have partnered to make resident recycling available to county residents. An annual fee of $64 is charged to county residents by the city to offset the costs of collecting, transporting and disposing of materials. To apply for a permit to recycle, fill out this form.
Upon receipt of their permit, county residents can deliver residential recycling materials to the City of Sedalia's Materials Management Site at 27882 Highway U, just south of the city limits on Ingram Avenue. Each household will be provided with (2) recycling decals to be displayed in the rear windows of the vehicles delivering recyclables to the drop-off site. Additionally, the site is open 7 days a week, excluding City holidays, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for collection of electronic waste and glass. Household hazardous waste disposal is provided to residents by appointment only. Residents may call (660) 827-3000, ext. 1166, to schedule a drop-off time.
Glass Recycling Collection Site
1002 S. Massachusetts Ave.
For additional information, contact the Public Works Department: (660) 827-3000 ext. 1166.
Sanitation and Recycling Department