How Does Singlestream Recycling Work?

All Recyclable Items Mix Together in One Bin for Collection

  1. All recyclable items – paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass – need to be mixed together – No Sorting or Separation is Needed
  2. Lids and labels can be left on recyclable containers, which should be empty and rinsed before recycling.
  3. Recyclables must be placed in your designated recycling bin (a durable, lidded, plastic or metal container of your choice, 45 gallon maximum), 50 pound limit, marked with a DSW-issued sticker. More than one recycling bin is OK. 
  4. Do not place recyclables in plastic bags for collection (shredded paper is the only exception). No string, no bags, no trash allowed.


What is my recycling day?

85% of Fulton County residents have twice a month curbside recycling pick up.

DSW Recycling Calendar pdf

Some residents have transfer station recycling drop-off.

Can I use a plastic bag?

NO PLASTIC BAGS are allowed in single stream recycling (with the exception of shredded paper from a paper shredding machine).

Everything should be loose – do not separate or put into plastic bags (Do not tie up bundles of cardboard either).

Where can I get a recycling bin?

Residents need to provide their own covered container, no larger than 45 gallons. (typically a plastic or metal garbage can, but you can also use a tote, or other lidded container).

Put a DSW- issued recycle decal on it, or else spray paint a large “R” in a contrasting color.

Can I have more than one recycling bin?


There is not a limit, but have at least one marked bin in the group.

Where can I get a recycling decal for my bin?

These are available at county and local municipal offices, libraries and senior centers. Or call the Recycling Info-Line at 518-736-5504 to request by mail.

Are There Helpful Tips?

Other Tips

Step on milk jugs, detergent bottles, etc., to make room in the bin.

Cardboard must be flattened. If it does not fit in the bin, put it beside or under the recycling bin.

Curbside recycling should be out by 6 a.m. the day of pick up or put out the night before.

Maximum 45 gallons and a 50 pound limit on recycling bins. You can use more than one bin.

Consider waiting until your next recycling day during high winds or severe snow storms. Do not put recycling containers on snow banks.

Transfer station users can transport recycling in any container and then must dump it loose into singlestream recycling container at the station.


Newspaper & Inserts

Junk Mail, Circulars, Magazines & Catalogs

Phonebooks & Paperbacks

Brown Grocery Bags

Lightweight & Corrugated Cardboard (flattened)

Beverage Cartons (Milk, Juice, and Juice boxes)

Pizza Boxes and Milk and Juice cartons.


Hardcover books, Paper plates, Napkins, Tissues, Construction Paper, Beer or Soda Cartons

Plastic Bottles & Containers Number Codes 1-5, some 7

Milk & Water Jugs

Cottage Cheese, Yogurt & Pudding Cup Containers

Soap & Detergent Containers





Styrofoam containers, Plastic bags, Motor oil bottles, Clothes hangers, Toys, Prescription pill bottles

Food & Beverage Cans

Deposit Cans (or take to store for refund)

Aluminum Plates & Trays

Aluminum Foil (clean)

Aerosol Cans (empty)

Metal Lids




Metal-Cardboard Containers (Cocoa Box), Clothes Hangers, Silverware, Pans or Small Appliances

Clear, Green & Amber Containers

Canning Jars

Deposit Bottles (or return to store for refund)

Liquor & Wine Bottles

Food & Beverage Containers





Broken Glass, Drinking Glasses, Ovenware or Ceramics, Dishes, Mirrors, Light Bulbs, Window Glass


Tie up in a clear plastic bag. Put the bag in with loose recyclables.