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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions about Republic Services waste and recycling services for Idaho.


Recycling

What can I recycle?

Commonly accepted recyclables for your home include: aluminum and metal cans; glass bottles (only available curbside and via drop site in Boise and via drop site in Eagle); newspaper and magazines; corrugated cardboard, mixed paper (i.e. cereal/soda/frozen food boxes, junk mail, copy/fax paper), and plastic milk jugs, pop/soda bottles, fruit juice bottles and jugs, and detergent jugs. Contact us for recycling program details or for additions and/or exceptions to this list.

Do you recycle plastic bags?

Currently, plastic bags cannot be recycled curbside. Most grocery stores and dry cleaners have recycling barrels for customer use. We suggest use of reusable bags made of sturdy, lightweight materials. These reusable bags often come with money-saving incentives from retailers when used in lieu of paper or plastic carry-out bags.

Can I recycle plastic grocery bags?

Yes, but not in your cart or bin. Return them to one of the retailers (dry cleaners or grocery stores) that offers plastic bag recycling.

What can’t I recycle?

Currently, we are not able to recycle the following: rigid plastics (including dairy tubs, condiment containers, shampoo and conditioner bottles, clamshell berry and to-go containers, lightweight water bottles, peanut butter and jelly containers, plastic to-go cups and flatware) plastic and wax coated paper products; wrapping paper; window glass; light bulbs; ceramics; cookware; hard cover books; polystyrene foam plastic (even with the recycling symbol); shrink wrap/plastic grocery bags/tall kitchen bags. Contact us for recycling program details or for additions and/or exceptions to this list.

Do you recycle polystyrene foam plastic?

For all practical purposes, polystyrene foam plastic is not recyclable and we are not able to accept it for recycling at this time. Before discarding polystyrene foam plastic peanuts, consider taking them to your local mail and packaging store for reuse, typically without charge.

Are polystyrene foams, such as Styrofoam, recyclable?

Polystyrene foam must be bagged and placed in the garbage.

Do you recycle motor oil?

Republic Services will accept up to two gallons of used motor oil per week. Place oil in clear gallon jugs with a tightly closed lid and place them next to your trash cart on the curb or alley. Contact us for recycling program details and helpful instructions.

Do you recycle electronics?

In Ada County, electronics recycling and e-waste collection is offered at any one of the mobile drop-off sites (visit curbitboise.org and click on household hazardous waste) or at the household hazardous waste facility located within the Ada County Landfill (open Fridays and Saturdays 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.). Residents outside of Ada County are advised to check the yellow pages for a list of electronics recycling companies.

Do you pick up furniture or oversized items for recycling or reuse?

Items such as home furnishings, mattresses, carpet and appliances may require special handling and/or advance notice. If your item is in good condition, you may wish to donate it to a local charity or use freecycle.com as alternatives. Contact us for local bulk waste service details, applicable charges and to schedule a pickup.

Do you recycle construction debris?

We can work with you to develop a construction and demolition recycling solution to include common materials such as: concrete, wood, brick, stone, tile, drywall, glass, carpet and more. Republic Services can help you earn U.S. Green Building Council LEED® project certification recycling credits. For details, connect with your Waste Stream Advisor today.

Can you help us earn LEED® recycling credits?

Yes, we can help you earn U.S. Green Building Council LEED project certification recycling credits. Contact us to find your local recycling services details.

Reporting a Problem

Do you pick up oversized trash items?

Items such as home furnishings, mattresses, carpet and appliances may require special handling and/or advance notice. Contact us for bulk waste service details, fees and to schedule a pickup.

How do I report a missed pickup?

Contact us to report a problem or request a resolution online. The online form requires your account number for appropriate processing.

How do I report a damaged cart or container?

Report a problem by phone or request a resolution online. The form requires your account number for appropriate processing.

Will my service be delayed by holidays?

Residential collection may be delayed due to the following holidays: Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. As a general rule, holidays push our residential pickup schedules back one day with regular schedules resuming the following week. Check our holiday schedule or contact us for details. Commercial collection varies by location.

Services

Do you collect old TVs, stereos and computers?

Electronics collection is offered in many locations either as a drop-off site or scheduled pickup service. Contact us for Electronics Recycling service details and e-waste offerings, applicable charges, locations and schedules.

How do I dispose of cooking oil?

Large amounts of cooking oil should not be flushed into drains or septic tanks and can be recycled at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility or one of the drop sites in Ada County; or the oil may be mixed with kitty litter, flour or other absorbent material to solidify and safely throw away.

Can I dispose of paint in my trash?

Paint cans may be considered household hazardous waste. Contact us for Household Hazardous Waste Disposal service details.

How do I dispose of medical needles?

Learn about our Sharps Mail-Back Program as a convenient, cost-effective and confidential method for the safe disposal of medical materials like needles, lancets and syringes. Meridian residents may call our office at 208-345-1265 to get information about the free sharps take-back program available to all Meridian residents.

Do you dispose of special waste?

Yes. As a licensed hauler of special waste Class I material, Republic Services can collect, transport and dispose of non-hazardous special waste including: contaminated soil, sludge, off-specification products, asbestos and so much more. With more than 80 special waste consultants and 181 special waste landfills in our nationwide network, Republic Services can assist you in profiling special waste and providing key regulatory and permitting information. Contact us to find solutions to your needs or visit our page on special waste for more information.

Do you take hazardous waste?

Republic Services does not collect hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is illegal to discard in your solid waste or recycling dumpster and containers. Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They can be discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes (www.epa.gov). Many communities host special collection or drop-off programs for hazardous waste. Contact us to inquire about hazardous waste disposal in your area.

Do you accept medical waste?

Republic Services offers solutions for the safe disposal of medical sharps for single site or multi-site healthcare providers and residential medical sharps disposal.

How can I rent a debris box or dumpster?

Place a request for services online or contact us for Dumpster Rental information.

Can I put my trash collection on hold while on vacation?

Yes, you can place your services on hold either by using our online form with your account number or by calling us.

Will my service be delayed by holidays?

Residential collection may be delayed due to the following holidays: Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. As a general rule, holidays push our residential pickup schedules back one day with regular schedules resuming the following week. Check our holiday schedule or contact us for details. Commercial collection varies by location.

What time does my trash need to be out at the curb?

While times vary by location, the best rule of thumb is to put all garbage and recyclables at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your collection day (or even the night before). Contact us for service details.

Does the trash inside my cart have to be bagged?

Yes, typically all trash must be bagged and placed inside your approved garbage receptacle or provided wheeled cart. Contact us for service details to see exceptions or restrictions.

Do you take appliances?

Items such as appliances, mattresses and home furnishings may require special handling and/or advance notice. If your item is in working condition, you may wish to donate it to a local charity or use freecycle.com to find alternatives. Contact us for applicable charges or to schedule a pickup.

Do you take old tires?

Old tires may be taken to our Meridian or Boise transfer stations, the Ada County Landfill, or many local tire stores for a fee (call first to confirm that your tire store accepts old tires).

Do you take Christmas trees?

For many of our residential customers, we collect Christmas trees on your regularly scheduled collection days, at no extra charge. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands. Cut all trees taller than six feet in half. Please click on the calendar in your service area on the homepage for more information or contact us for service details and to understand exceptions or restrictions.

Do you pick up office furniture or equipment for recycling or reuse?

Items such as furniture and equipment may require special handling and/or advance notice. If your item is in working condition, you may wish to donate it to a local charity or use freecycle.com to find alternatives. Contact us for business service details, applicable charges or to schedule a pickup.

Do you pick up landscape debris?

Landscape debris or yard waste collection is offered seasonally in many parts of the country. Contact us for exact dates, jurisdiction and contract information.

Do you offer temporary project solutions?

Republic Services offers solutions for those temporary projects and events that generate additional waste or recycling materials. Retail merchandising reset, corporate meetings and events, tenant improvements, construction or demolition often have additional short-term waste and recycling needs. Republic Services’ container and equipment rental services address needs for portable toilet, compactor, baler and dumpster waste and recycling solutions. Contact us for business service details or to discuss a custom solution for your temporary needs.

Do you service federal agencies and offices?

Yes. Republic Services offers waste and recycling solutions including refuse collection, compaction and disposal services at a range of federal institutions, agencies and office locations nationwide. Learn more about our waste and recycling solutions for federal institutions and contact a government services representative to get started.

Can you service schools and other educational institutions?

Yes. From comprehensive recycling programs to reliable waste disposal, Republic Services delivers innovative services to address your educational institution’s needs and environmental priorities. Our industry-leading safety record supports you in maintaining safe and clean learning environments for higher education or K-12 schools.

Do you provide short-term or temporary services for festivals, fairs and other public events?

Yes. Republic Services provides safe, short-term solutions for local parks, festivals, parades, fairs and other community events that promote sanitary conditions while reducing environmental impact. As a well-respected member of the community, we deliver comprehensive waste and recycling services with prompt, reliable and flexible collection.

Do you provide emergency response or disaster recovery services?

Yes. When disaster strikes, we can be there to help and support recovery efforts in providing critical waste collection and disposal services backed by our nationwide network of people, equipment and facilities. Republic Services works nationwide to support disaster management plans that comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations well before an emergency strikes.​