There She Blows!

posted 1/6/2014

Recycling and trash collection can be very challenging on windy days. We know we can’t control Mother Nature, but here are some tips that may help prevent your trash and recycling from blowing away.


    1. Place lighter materials at the bottom of your Curb It! cart and heavier items on top to prevent the lighter items from blowing out of the cart.
    2. If your recycling cart is only half-full, consider waiting until your next collection to place it at the curb.


    1. Bag all your trash before placing it in the bin. This is especially important for small, lightweight items like Styrofoam packing peanuts.
    2. Compact the trash – if you have loose items, place bagged trash on top of them to prevent them from blowing out of the cart.

    Recycling AND Trash

    1. Take your cart to the curb the morning of pick-up, rather than the evening before. This will reduce the amount of time your cart is exposed to high wind conditions. Make sure your cart is out by your community’s designated time.
    2. Be sure your lid can close. Trash and recycling items are more susceptible to blowing out of the cart when the lid is not completely shut.
    3. Bring your cart in as soon as possible after collection to reduce the risk of your cart blowing down the street.
    4. If you are home, keep an eye on neighborhood carts. Secure them if it looks like the cart or items from it are blowing away.

    For more safe and smart recycling and disposal options, contact us at or 515.244.0021.