On Tuesday, October 1 the Lyon County Board of Commissioners passed motions that will allow Curbside Recycling to continue WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. Southwest Sanitation will continue to pick up curbside recycling on the same schedule for the month of October while the County Board works out a new agreement to start November 1, 2019. This page will be updated as details are finalized.
Changes Coming for Recycling in Lyon County
Starting November 1, curbside recycling will be collected Every-Other-Week. Please see the image below for schedule details for the remainder of 2019. Simply put, all Lyon County residents with curbside recycling will be collected the same week; (the "ON" week), with NO curbside recycling collection occurring during the "OFF" week. A direct mailing with the calendar below was sent ot all County postal mail addresses. Please call our office if you need another copy.
PAY ATTENTION TO PLASTIC
Just because its plastic does not mean its recyclable in Lyon County. Food and Beverage containers with a "resin code" symbol are acceptable. Other plastic containers such as shampoo and detergent bottles are acceptable. If the plastic container did not come from your kitchen or bathroom it likely cannot be recycled.We have seen everything from dart boards to keyboards to kid toys or garden pots in the recycling containers. THOSE ITEMS ARE NOT RECYCLABLE.
ALL CONTAINERS MUST BE EMPTY AND RINSED ! (FYI; peanut butter is not recyclable... use a spatula to clean it out). It does not have to be spotless; quick rinse of a cleaned out container is acceptable.
Garage fluid containers (oil, antifreeze, seafoam, etc.) are NOT recyclable.
Plastic bags have become an enormous problem for recycling processing facilities. Plastic bags CANNOT be used to contain other recyclables.
Styrofoam CANNOT be put in recycling containers. This includes carts and community recycling drop-off containers.
Lyon County is in the process of implementing a styrofoam recycling program, however, styrofoam to be recycled MUST BE DELIVERED TO LYON COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS. Styrofoam will NOT be allowed in recycling carts, or at community drop sites. Please call our office for details.
NO SHREDDED PAPER
Shredded paper CANNOT be disposed in recycling containers. Lyon County has a partnership with Advance Opportunities to recycle shredded paper. Please call the Environmental Department, or Advance Opportunities for details.
COMMUNITY DROP SITES
Lyon County has maintained 14 Community Recycling Collection Sites for many years. (LOCATIONS INFORMATION HERE). Some locations have sheds, but most locations had large closed dumpsters with side doors. These large containers and some sheds will be replaced in the coming months. These sheds and collection sites are to be used by RESIDENTS ONLY !!! NO recycling from Businesses, Churches, Schools, or other non-residential sources.