Johnson City began its voluntary, curbside recycling program in 1989. Since that time, the City has recycled more than 131,200 tons of materials. Because of market fluctuations, some recycling guidelines have recently changed.
While the City is still able to recycle plastics marked with a 1 or a 2, those items are now limited to milk jugs, water bottles, juice containers, soda bottles, laundry detergent and fabric softener containers, bleach bottles, and windshield solvent bottles. Other items accepted include glass, cardboard, paper and aluminum drink cans. These guidelines apply to both curbside service and all five drop-off locations, which are conveniently located across the city.
The City also provides special event recycling. Attendees can recycle plastic and aluminum; vendors can recycle cardboard and cooking oil. Recycling is also available at most City parks and athletic fields.