FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

All eligible Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County residents wishing to participate in this new recycling program MUST register for the service and the new 95 gallon cart. If households are already participating in the recycling program currently offered by SWDA, they still must register for the new service.

When will the new cart program start?

August 1, 2019

What if I have a bin currently or I have recently requested one, do I still need to sign up for a cart?

Yes. RANA is a new opt-in recycling program and ALL interested participants will need to sign up for serviceIf residents did not sign up to receive a cart by June 28 and wish to participate, they can still sign up by clicking here

When will I receive my cart?

You must sign up to the RANA program in order to receive your cart. Carts will be delivered starting in mid-July to those who have opted in by June 28. For those who opt-in after June 28 and before August 14, carts will be delivered in time for the September collection. For residents who sign up in phase three, we will post more information on this website letting you know when to expect your cart.

What can I put in my cart?

RANA’s goal is to obtain clean recyclable materials that continue to have an end user market in our area. Therefore, RANA will ONLY accept #1 and #2 narrow-neck plastic bottles, aluminum and steel bi-metal cans, clean paper products, and flattened cardboard that fits in the cart (cut down to size, if necessary). View the guide HERE.

When will I know my pickup schedule?

Carts will be delivered with a flyer containing the pickup day of the month attached. An address lookup feature will be added to the website soon as well. You can click here to see a printable 2019-2020 calendar.

What time of day do I need to have my recycling at the curb?

Carts should be on the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection.

Will this new program cost me anything?

No. Residents are not currently charged for the recycling program and this will not change with RANA. SWDA will continue to fund the program for residents.

What agency will run RANA?

RANA will be managed by the Solid Waste Disposal Authority of the City of Huntsville (SWDA).

Will there be changes to what is collected?

Yes. Motor oil and household batteries will no longer be collected curbside. The new Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility, located at 1055 A Cleaner Way in Huntsville, accepts these materials, and other household hazardous waste. The HHW facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and provides a convenient, drive-thru service for residents of Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County. Weekend drop-off locations are also provided through HHW Community Collection Events (CCE’s). Visit HHW for schedule of upcoming Community Collection Events near you.

Why will the new program be monthly and not our current weekly pickup?

The monthly program is more sustainable by increasing the container size and the service area, and reducing the time trucks spend on our roads by decreasing the collection frequency.

What do I do with my old 18-gallon bin?

If you have an 18-gallon bin that you would like to recycle, please place it inside your new cart. If you would like to keep your old bin, you are welcome to do so. They can be used for storage, organization, or even as a planter.

How will the change benefit our community?

This will reduce traffic in our neighborhoods, wear and tear on equipment and roads, and emissions from collection equipment.

What if I am physically unable to move my cart to the curb?

Please contact us at (256) 801-CART (2278).

Can I Drop off Items?

We have compiled a list of known recyclers in our area who accept items at their locations. Click HERE to see those locations and the items they accept. 

 

Let's Get Started Today

Recycling has grown consistently throughout the years and establishing this program is another significant step in making the City of Huntsville, City of Madison and Madison County more sustainable places to live.