Removing Recyclables from BPU Bins Is Illegal in the City

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Jamestown BPU

Removing recyclables from Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) residential recycling bins in the City is illegal.

This early-morning/late-night practice by numerous people in the BPU Solid Waste territory led Jamestown City Council members to pass a local resolution against such actions.

The resolution reads, “Ownership of recyclables set out for collection shall thereupon vest with the City of Jamestown. It shall be unlawful for any person other than a person authorized by the City of Jamestown to collect, remove or dispose of recyclables, the ownership of which as vested with the City of Jamestown as herein provided.”

Complaints by customers witnessing people removing items from their recycling bins have been noted. Now that the act of removing recyclables from bins has been deemed illegal, customers may report such activity by calling the Jamestown Police Dispatch Line at 661-7090.