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Posted on: June 19, 2019

The Carts are Coming!

Recycling Carts

Curbside recycling customers who live in the following red week neighborhoods will receive (or already have received) their new TFC recycling cart this week (June 17-21):

  • Berkeley's Green
  • Birchwood Park & Marlboro
  • Boyd Acres
  • Braemar Creek
  • Brookhaven
  • Broughton Tract
  • Bush Springs
  • Canterbury Hills
  • Chanco Estate
  • Chestnut Hills
  • Chisel Run
  • Clover Dale
  • Colonial Heritage
  • Colonial Park
  • Colonial Terrace
  • Cromwell Ridge Condos
  • Elmwood
  • Ewell Hall
  • Farmville Estates
  • Fenton Benjamin W. Estate
  • First Colony
  • Fords Colony
  • Frank Armistead Estate
  • Glenwood Acres
  • Governors Land
  • Greensprings Plantation
  • Greensprings West
  • Greyhound Estates
  • Heritage Landing
  • Higg Katherine Smith
  • Hill Pleasant Farm
  • Hunter's Creek
  • Indigo Park
  • Indigo Terrace
  • Ivey Dell
  • James Terrace
  • Jamestown Farms
  • Kensington Woods
  • Kingspoint
  • Kristiansand
  • Lake Toano Estates
  • Liberty Crossing
  • Magruder Heights
  • Magruder View
  • Mill Creek Landing
  • Monticello Woods
  • Moss Side
  • Norge
  • Norge Court
  • North Cove
  • Norvalia
  • Oakland
  • Pineridge
  • Piney Woods Estates
  • Powhatan Place
  • Powhatan Secondary
  • Powhatan Woods
  • Remington
  • Riverview Plantation
  • Rolling Woods
  • Schulyer & Troy Smith
  • Settlement At Powhatan Creek
  • Shellbank
  • Shellbank Woods
  • Springdale
  • Steers
  • The Conservancy
  • The Hamlet
  • The Mews
  • The Pines
  • Toano Terrace
  • Toano Trace
  • Toano Woods
  • Vass Meadows
  • Village at Candle Station
  • Vineyards At Jockey's Neck
  • Walnut Grove
  • Ware Creek Manor
  • Westbank Farms
  • Wexford Hills
  • White Oaks
  • Williamsburg Village At Norge
  • Woodland Farms

The following blue week neighborhoods will receive their new TFC recycling cart next week (June 24-28):

  • Adam's Hunt
  • Albemarle Condos
  • Baron Woods
  • Belen & Carriage Heights Park
  • Boughsprings
  • Bradshaw Ordinary
  • Brandon Woods
  • Briarwood Park Condos
  • Brookside Haven
  • Burlington Woods
  • Burnham Woods
  • Camelot
  • Cardinal Acres
  • Carter's Village
  • Chanco's Grant
  • Chesnut Grove
  • Chickahominy Farmettes W
  • Chickahominy Haven
  • Cypress Point
  • D.C. Renick on Indigo Dam Road
  • Deer Run
  • Deerwood Hills
  • Druid Hills
  • Drummond's Quarter on the James
  • Durfey's Mill
  • Eagle Tree Farms
  • Eustis Terrace
  • Ewell Hall
  • Fairway Villas
  • Fenwick Hills
  • Fernbrook
  • Fieldcrest
  • First Settler's Landing
  • Five Lots on Jamestown Road
  • Forest Glen
  • Forest Heights
  • Fox Ridge
  • Foxfield
  • Gatehouse Farms
  • Gilliam's Woods
  • Graylin Woods
  • Great Woods
  • Grove Area
  • Grove Hill Estates
  • Harwood
  • Haven Landing
  • Heron Run
  • Hickory Hill
  • Holly Hill
  • Holly Ridge
  • Hollybrook
  • Ironbound Square
  • Ironbound Village
  • James Shire Settlement
  • James Square
  • Jamestown 1607
  • Jamestown Hundred
  • Joshua's Glen
  • King's Corner Properties
  • King's Village
  • Kingswood
  • Lake Powell Forest
  • Lake Powell Pointe
  • Lakeview Estates
  • Lakewood
  • Landfall at Jamestown
  • Landfall Village
  • Liberty Ridge
  • Longhill Station
  • Mallard Hill
  • Marywood
  • Meadow Lake
  • Merry Oaks
  • Mertens
  • Michelle Point
  • Minichiello Villa
  • Mirror Lakes Estates
  • Mulberry Place
  • Neal's Grant
  • Neck O Land Hundred
  • North County
  • Oak Grove
  • Oak Hill Condos
  • Old Stage Manor
  • Page Landing
  • Pelegs Point
  • Pine Grove
  • Pocahontas Square
  • Polk Estates
  • Poplar Hall
  • Powhatan Crossing
  • Powhatan Secondary
  • Powhatan Shores
  • Powhatan Springs
  • Powhatan Village
  • Quail Run
  • Racefield
  • Raintree Villas
  • Raleigh Square
  • Riverbend at Uncles Neck
  • Sadie Lee Taylor
  • Sand Hill
  • Scott's Pond
  • Seasons Trace
  • Settler's Mill
  • Skiffe's Creek Terrace
  • Skillman Estates
  • Springhill
  • St. George's Hundred
  • Stonehouse
  • Tanter Estates
  • Temple Hall Estates
  • The Colonies at Powhatan Secondary
  • The Colony
  • The Cottages at Stonehaven
  • The Foxes
  • The Meadows
  • The Pointe at Jamestown
  • The Retreat
  • Village Square
  • Villages at Westminster
  • Villas at Five Forks
  • Wallace Woods
  • Wellington
  • Westmoreland
  • Westray Downs
  • White Hall
  • Wicklow Farms
  • Williams Circle
  • Williamsburg West
  • Williamstown
  • Windmill Meadow
  • Windsor Estates
  • Windsor Forest
  • Windsor Ridge
  • Winston Terrace

Did you receive a cart and you wish to opt out? Call 757-253-6700 and TFC will pick up the cart within 2-4 weeks of the opt-out date on a regularly schedule pickup day in your neighborhood. 

However, the County will continue to pay for curbside recycling through Sept. 30. You can keep the cart and enjoy it for 3 months. You need to call 757-253-6700 in September to ask for the cart to be picked up.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the changes to the curbside recycling program: 

What can we recycle in the cart? 

  • Plastic bottles and jugs including water bottles, milk jugs (but not milk cartons), sports drink bottles, laundry detergent containers, shampoo bottles and any other plastic container with a neck. This does include #1 and #2 plastics but those numbers on the bottoms of containers can be misleading and were created by the plastics industry to identify the chemical compounds that the materials are made of. The best way for consumers to recycle correctly it to pay attention to the shape. 
  • All mixed paper – including newspaper, junk mail, phone books and office paper. Shredded paper is not allowed in the curbside cart with one exception- if the shredded paper is in long strips (i.e. not crosscut into short strips or confetti) it can be placed in a paper bag and put into the curbside recycling cart. Otherwise it needs to be disposed of in the regular trash. 
  • All cardboard – including corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes (bags inside removed) and cardboard packaging. Bubble wrap and Styrofoam are not recyclable. 
  • Metal cans – including steel cans, aluminum cans, clean aluminum foil and aluminum pans. 
  • Glass bottles and jars – no mirrors, vases, plate glass. 

Unfortunately many of the items that were going into carts were not supposed to go in there in the first place (on average 25% of what we put in our cart is not recyclable). “Wishful recycling” clogs up the waste stream, breaks equipment and makes recycling more expensive. When in doubt, throw it out. 

Why can’t we recycle yogurt cups and other items marked #3-#7? 
Unfortunately the chemical makeup of these items lead them to be unmarketable to the manufacturers that are making new items out of recycled materials. Many Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) have been accepting these items for the past few years, but unfortunately there just isn't a market for them and so they sit in bales on the MRF property waiting for a buyer. 

What if I can’t fit everything into my cart? 
In an effort to keep costs low, curbside collection is automated and the driver does not get out of the truck. Items left beside or underneath the recycling carts will not be picked up. Only cardboard stacked on top of the cart will be included in the pick-up. Residents can also put additional items in a box on top of the cart as long as it can safely remain on/in the cart while it is being lifted into the truck. 

What if I want a smaller or larger cart? 
Once the new cart is delivered, call the County at 757-253-6700. All carts are $7 per month regardless of size. 

What about Convenience Centers? 
Residents can continue to recycle at the convenience centers for free, but materials need to be sorted before drop off.

Who owns the carts? 
County Waste (a private contractor, not James City County) owns the old carts. TFC (the new contractor) owns the new carts. 

What if my old cart is picked up and I haven’t received my new cart yet? 
It should only be a couple of days, but if you find yourself cartless, keep your recycling in bags and then empty the bags into the new cart when it arrives. There is a chance that the new cart will arrive before the old one is removed. 

Why do I have to wait until July 1 to opt out? 
The priority right now is to get the carts delivered and in place in time for the July 1 launch of the new program. The County is still covering costs for all households currently enrolled in the program until Sept. 30, so there is no cost to the resident for the new cart until Oct. 1. If you feel that you must opt out before July 1, please call 757-253-6700. 

Have other questions? Call 757-253-6700. Thank you for your patience as we transition to the new program.

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