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Garbage, recycling and compost

Garbage, recycling and compost

SHA Housing tenants should contact their property manager with questions about the garbage, recycling or compost service or for help disposing of large or hazardous items.
Tips for sorting

Where Does It go? (garbage, compost and recycling)
Food & Yard Waste (compost)

Bulky items

Bulky items include beds, box springs, mattresses, furniture, dressers, cabinets, tables, chairs, sofas and other large items. SHA residents should contact their property manager to arrange for these items to be collected.


Recycling is mandatory for all electronic devices labeled “E-Waste,” and includes items such as TVs computers, and cell phones. Visit to find a free drop off location near you.

Residents can also schedule an electronic waste pick up with their property manager.  All electronics must be stored indoors and kept dry prior to collection.

Computers, laptops, and monitors are banned from the garbage.

Light bulbs
Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and fluorescent tube lights contain mercury, a hazardous chemical, and must be handled with care. SHA Solid Waste does not collect CFLs or fluorescent tube lights. Visit LightRecycle, TakeitBack or a Household Hazardous Waste Location to find a free drop off location near you.

Sharps, needles, and syringes

It is illegal to dispose of hypodermic needles, lancets, and syringes in solid waste containers. Residents should ask their health care providers if they can return used sharps to their clinic. If that is not possible, contact your property manager to find out how to properly dispose of the items.

Christmas trees

All undecorated Christmas trees will be picked up on food & yard waste collection days at no charge from December 26 through January 31. Place the Christmas tree in the same location that food & yard waste carts are set out for collection. Trees must be trimmed to six feet or shorter, and branches to less than four feet. Any objects such as stands, lights, ornaments and bows must be removed prior to collection.

Adorned and plastic trees will be charged as extra garbage. Trees collected after January 31 will be charged as extra yard waste.

Extra garbage

If residents have more garbage than will fit into containers, they should contact the property manager for instructions.