KC Recycles is Kansas City’s curbside recycling program. Recycling is voluntary and residents can set their recyclables out every week or less often on an as-needed basis. The KC Recycles bin signals the recycling truck to stop. (Eligible households are single-family residences and apartments of six or fewer units). The frequently asked questions page answers more than a dozen questions about the program and recycling in general.
Prior to recycling, please remove food and rinse containers. Don't contaminate!
Items You Can Recycle Curbside
- Office paper, junk mail, newspapers (without plastic rain bag), catalogs and magazines
- Manila folders
- Advertising inserts
- Corrugated cardboard (boxes must be broken down, flattened and no longer than four feet in length or width)
- Carrier stock (i.e. cardboard soft drink and beer cartons)
- Chipboard (i.e. cereal and shoe boxes)
- Plastic bottles with a neck #1 and #2 (look for the number inside the chasing arrow symbol), such as water and soda bottles, milk jugs and detergent bottles. Lids may now be recycled, too.
- Plastic containers #3 thru #7 (look for the number inside the chasing arrow symbol), such as yogurt and margarine/butter tub containers
- Cardboard egg cartons
- Pizza boxes (No food. If there are grease stains, trash it.)
- Drink cartons
- Aluminum cans and other metal cans
- Clamshells (Deli or salad bar containers. No food, debris; must be clean.)
- Aseptic containers (milk, juice and vegetable cartons)
- Clean aluminum foil and foil pans
Items You Cannot Recycle Curbside
- Plastic bags
- Styrofoam, including Styrofoam egg cartons (even ones marked with the recycle triangle)
- Motor oil bottles and other automotive product bottles
- Containers for household hazardous material
- Paper towels, tissues or napkins, plates or cups
- Gift wrap
- Photographs, blueprints and hanging file folders
- Bags that contained pet food, fertilizer, charcoal or kitty litter
- Metal pots
In order to recycle, you must use a blue or black recycling bin from participating Westlake Hardware or Price Chopper stores. Bins are $9 each, and more than one may be used. Or, set extra recyclables in cardboard boxes, paper bags or plastic tubs next to the bin.
Recyclables are picked up at the curb on the same day as your weekly trash pickup. It’s especially important to recycle high value materials like aluminum cans and newspaper.
Many of these items are recyclable at our three Recycling Drop-off Centers.