Paper & Cardboard
Flattened cardboard, newspaper, magazines, office paper and common mail can be recycled as long as they aren’t contaminated by food, liquid or waste. Hardcover books and shredded paper should never be placed in your recycling container. Break down cardboard boxes. Paper can’t be recycled if it’s mixed with other materials. Remove the bubble wrap or plastic windows before recycling padded packaging or security envelopes.
Before recycling food and drink cans, remove paper or plastic labels and clean out any residual materials. Some metal cans have an insulated coating that might not be recyclable. When in doubt, throw it out! Recyclables don’t need to be thoroughly washed, but they do need to be dry so they don’t contaminate other items.
Hard plastic containers like water bottles, milk jugs and detergent containers can go in your container. Flexible plastics like grocery bags, bubble wrap and styrofoam require special handling and can’t be recycled curbside. Lids are too small to recycle by themselves so put them on the containers or throw them away. If you can poke your finger through the plastic, it doesn’t belong in your recycling container.
To learn more about acceptable recyclable materials and processes visit Republic Services’ Recycling: Simple as 1-2-3 at Recycling Simplified. Also visit Republic Services for more information.
Customers of Amherst Utilities will be receiving a new bill format beginning May, 2019. The new bills will arrive in an envelope with the text “New Amherst Utilities Bill” printed on the front. Here are sample images of both the envelope and new bill:
The City is in the process of updating all water meters being serviced by Amherst Utilities. If you have not had your water meter replaced yet, please call the Utilities office for assistance at (440) 988-4224.
Due to increasing costs, the Treasurer’s office has contracted with a third-party processor to continue providing face-to-face credit card transactions. This new service will allow the City to accept credit cards in the Utilities Department, the Building Department as well as the Treasurer’s office.
Beginning September 1, 2016 all face-to-face credit and debit card transactions will be subject to a third-party service fee of 2.45%. (This fee is for credit and debit card transactions only and will not be charged when using other forms of payment in City offices)