LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has released an easy reference guide on trash and recycling collection and other related topics.

The guide, which is available by clicking herepdf, provides details on the pick-up of regular garbage, recyclables, bulky items, leaves, brush and hazardous household waste, as well includes other key borough information.

The brochure was created by Councilman Kevin Higgins, who is assigned to oversee the public works department, to help residents easily obtain waste removal information, especially in light of stringent recycling rules that took effect earlier this summer.

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While all recyclables can be placed loosely in one rigid bin for pick-up, plastic bags of any kind — even the flimsy, single-use variety — are prohibited from being mixed in. Also, recyclables that are placed in either large clear or opaque plastic bags will not be collected.

Recyclables include all paper, cardboard, glass, cans and plastics marked with codes 1 through 2. Bins of recyclables that are “contaminated” — that means mixed with unrecyclable items, such as food waste, take-out food containers including pizza boxes and all types of plastic bags — will be left full at the curb.

Lake Como’s recyclables are collected every other Thursday, with August 8 being the next scheduled pick-up. Visit the borough’s website for the upcoming schedule.

The borough’s public works yard, located at 720 17th Avenue, also accepts recyclables.  It is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Regular trash is not accepted at the yard.

For additional information on waste collection, contact Public Works Superintendent Brendan Maas at 732-681-3393 or bmaas@boro.lake-como.nj.us.