What about plastic lids and caps?

Even though the caps and lids may say they are recyclable, small caps and lids (such as soda caps) can be so small that they get stuck in the machines that sort the recycling materials and cause damage. 

If the plastic cap or lid is larger than the size of a quarter, it is ok to put in your recycling cart. (If you screw it onto a plastic bottle or container, please leave it loose so that air can escape from the container when it is crushed.)

If the cap or lid is smaller than a quarter, please put it in the trash.

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1. How often will my cart be serviced?
2. Where should I place the new cart on my pick up day?
3. Can I request a smaller cart?
4. Can I get more than one cart if I would like to recycle a higher volume?
5. How much will it cost me?
6. I live in a house shared by multiple tenants, will we each get a cart?
7. I live in an apartment complex with a dumpster. Will I get a cart?
8. My road is currently not maintained by the City of Charlottesville. Can this be changed?
9. What do you do with the recycled items?
10. What is the meaning of single-stream? I thought it meant you could combine trash and recycling.
11. Why don’t you accept plastic bags?
12. What about plastic lids and caps?
13. What can I do with the items you don’t accept?
14. Do you have a composting program?