Recycling Carts

CARTs  (Cart Access = Recycling Tonnage)

Whether you’re creating an entirely new recycling program or upgrading from another system, our Guide to Implementing a Cart-based Recycling Program will help make the transition to single stream recycling cart collection easier.

Cost vs. Benefit

Cart-based service results in lower worker’s compensation claims and insurance premiums and better route efficiency, which translates to less fuel, maintenance and overhead.
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Tools & Planning

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to local government recycling programs. Your planning will be unique, but our Implementation Guide will help you map out your budget, operations, and education.

2018 Recycling Grant


Geared specifically to help counties, municipalities, tribes and solid waste authorities with 4,000 or more households seeking to upgrade to cart-based curbside recycling collection, awardees will receive up to $7/cart in grant funding, tailored educational materials paired with a communications grant, and best in class technical assistance.

The application is one simple form that must be submitted with letters of recommendation. More details and eligibility requirements can be found at this recycling grant link. Potential applicants may email questions to Technical Assistance Specialist Rob Taylor at

Guide to Implementing a Cart-based Recycling Program

This guide is modular. Each section stands on its own. For example, if you have a firm grasp on everything except for cart procurement, you can simply use the section on carts.

Are you exploring the idea of switching to carts? Or looking to elevate a program with “strong bones”? If you operate a local government recycling program, this guide was written for you. It draws from real world experiences and covers what you really need to know to help you plan and budget your transition to curbside recycling in carts. It’s chock-full of reminders to help you be successful, and it points out potential pitfalls and how to avoid them. You’ll find concrete examples and rules of thumb to take much of the guesswork out of switching to carts, along with timelines to keep you on track.

Strategic Planning

Florence, AL: The switch to carts requires solid planning and enthusiastic outreach. When presented with the possibility to increase the volume of recyclables, the team in Florence confidently stepped up to the challenge.


Use these open-source templates and graphics to announce carts.
Simply download the files, customize with your logo or other details and launch.

1990s Ad


On A Roll Ad

On A Roll Postcard
On A Roll facebook image

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