Corporate FAQ2016-02-27T23:09:13+00:00
What do I do if my bin has an “Oops” tag2020-07-06T19:32:56+00:00

Remove the contamination from the recycling. The bin will be serviced during the next regularly scheduled pickup day. If you are unsure what contamination is in your bin please email with your address and indicate what contamination was marked on the “Oops” tag.

Is it legal for the city or city volunteers to audit my recycling bin?2020-07-02T18:43:06+00:00
  • Yes. The United States Supreme Court has held that a person has no expectation of privacy in abandoned property (Abel v. U.S., 362 U.S. 217 [1960]).  Property is abandoned when a person has “voluntarily discarded, left behind[,] or otherwise relinquished his interest in the property in question so that he could no longer retain a reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to it at the time of the search (United States v. Colbert, 474 F.2d 174, 176 [5th Cir. 1973]), accord United States v. Masiello, 491 F. Supp. 1154 [D. S.C. 1980]).
  • In U.S. v. Walker, the District Court of Maryland found that a bag containing trash and other material, left by the roadside by a suspect, was abandoned under this standard and that the suspect had no reasonable expectation of privacy that would prevent government investigators inspecting the bag without a warrant (624 F. Supp. 99 [D. Md. 1985]).  In 1988, the United States Supreme Court held that a person had no reasonable expectation of privacy in trash placed in opaque bags at the curbside for collection by a garbage collector (California v. Greenwood, 486 U.S. 35 [1988]).  Accordingly, collection of the trash by government officials without a warrant or the suspect’s consent was permissible (Id).  Under this precedent, the City and its agents are legally entitled to inspect materials left at the curb for collection by Republic Services as trash and recyclables.
Why is contamination such a big issue in recycling bins?2020-07-02T18:41:46+00:00

Contamination in recycling bins can negatively affect workers, the environment, and your wallet.

    • Trash mixed with recyclables can be unsafe for haulers or recycling workers who sort through single-stream recycling.
    • Contamination raises the cost of sorting recycling into commodities that can be made into new products. This is why China stopped accepting a large amount of recyclable materials from the U.S. and other developed countries.
      • Buying a recycled commodity that has high amounts of contamination is like buying mixed nuts when all you want are the peanuts. It is more work and expensive to sort through to get what you want.
    • Materials Recovery Facilities, where recyclables are sorted, charge fees for contamination in recycling. These costs trickle down to residents resulting in fee increases.

Sorted and bundled, recycled materials are used to make new products. If a bin is contaminated, all its contents may go directly to the landfill, never to be reused. This means more of our natural resources go to making new products. Each of our homes on average has over 300,000 items—from pens to beds. Imagine how much raw material it would take to make all that from scratch?

What information will bin auditors record?2020-07-06T19:38:06+00:00

The presence or absence of contamination in bins. If contamination is found, the type will be recorded in a survey app to determine trends within our area and be used for follow-up audits. The six types of contamination included are:

    • Food contamination
    • Metals
    • Plastics
    • Glass
    • Plastic bags
    • Other

Specific details such as product type/brand or personal information will not be collected. For example, a pizza box that has grease on it will be recorded as “food contamination.”

Will bin auditors go through my recycling?2020-07-02T18:37:57+00:00

No! Bin auditors will check for contamination by opening the lid of the recycling bin and looking for the presence of contamination. Bin auditors will not sort through any recycling or trash.

How can I opt out?2020-07-02T18:36:56+00:00

Email your street address to or send us a message here.

Mail-in recycling programs2020-06-02T19:20:58+00:00

There are several mail-in recycling programs to recycle stuff that isn’t accepted at the curb. Some programs are free while others have a fee. TerraCycle is one of the biggest mail-in recycler providers with programs to recycle things from health and beauty products, baby food pouches and even chip bags and Pringles containers!


Earth911 is an excellent resource to find recycling solutions for items you are not sure where or how to recycle.


Positive Spin
1216 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26505

Phone: 304-933-2633 / 304-wee-code 

Accepts bikes and bike parts for refurbishment and recycling. Please
contact before bringing bike donations.

Paper Shredding2020-09-10T18:21:29+00:00

  • Shredded paper in a clear plastic bag can go in single-stream recycling
  • PACE Shredding offers secure paper shredding services

PACE Shredding 
889 Mylan Park Lane 
Morgantown, WV 26501 
All shredded paper is recycled 
Drop-off weekdays between 8 am and 2 pm 
Phone: (304) 983-7223 


The WV DEP coordinates several tire collection days in different counties throughout the state. Check out the Monongalia County Recycling Website for more information


Morgantown Goodwill
(Multiple locations)

Salvation Army
1224 University Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-296-3525

Christian Help
219 Walnut St
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-296-0221

WVU Textile Recycling Drop-off Locations-Accepted 24/7

  • Mountaineer Station
  • West entrance of the WVU Student Recreation Center
  • Dadisman Hall Parking Lot- 33H

A graphic showing medications.

The Morgantown Police Department will hold a biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day in cooperation with the DEA. Details TBA


***Please reference the list of acceptable medications before disposal of medication in the bin at the select location***


897 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Morgantown, WV, 26505


WVU Hospitals
1 Medical Center Dr.                        390 Birch St.
Morgantown, WV, 26505                Morgantown, WV, 26505


CVS Pharmacy
1000Pineview Dr.                             3521 Monongahela Blvd.
Morgantown, WV, 26505                Morgantown, WV, 26505


Public Safety Building
300 Spruce St.
Morgantown, WV, 26505


Town of Star City
370 Broadway Ave,
Star City, WV, 26505



Use this useful link to locate medication drop-off sites in other areas

Scrap Metal2020-03-24T17:28:06+00:00

A graphic showing scrap metal.

3 Rivers Iron and Metal
500 Virginia Ave.
Fairmont, WV, 26554
Phone: 304-366-8099

Mountain State Metals
1823 Morgantown Ave.
Fairmont, WV, 26554
Phone: 304-367-1207


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Habitat for Humanity ReStore
1825 Earl L. Core Rd.
Morgantown, WV 26501
Phone: 304-291-2991

Accepts working appliances only.
Will pick up larger items (call to make arrangements).

Appliance Distribution Source LLC
110 Dunkard Ave.
Westover WV 26501
Phone: 304-292-1348

Free appliance recycling drop-off for washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators,
stoves, A/C’s, water heaters, dehumidifiers.

*please leave by dock ramp if after hours

Salvation Army
1224 University Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-296-3525

Accepts working appliances only. Will pick up larger items (call to make arrangements)

Best Buy
3294 University Town Centre Dr.
Morgantown, WV, 26501
Phone: 304-598-9052

Offers free haul/recycling of appliances with purchase and delivery of a new one.

(Multiple locations)

Offers haul/recycling of appliances for a fee with purchase and delivery of a new one.

Household Hazardous Waste2020-03-24T18:47:26+00:00

Check out the MUB website to learn about their annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day:


Oil based paint can be recycled at MUB’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. You can find more information on that event here:

Latex paints can be safely disposed of in your regular trash after following these methods:

  1. Open the can and let it air dry.
  2. Pour excess paint on cardboard or in a cardboard box filled with newspaper. Let the paint dry and then dispose of it in the trash.
  3. Mix an absorbent (like sawdust or kitty litter) with the paint. Let the paint dry and then dispose of it in the trash.

* Usable latex paint can be exchanged or picked-up at the annual Decker’s Creek Paint Exchange event.

Motor Oil2020-03-24T16:34:29+00:00

A graphic for motor oil.Motor oil is accepted at MUB’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. You can find more information on that event here:

Advance Auto Parts
(Multiple locations)

(Multiple locations)

Plastic Bags and Films2020-03-24T16:32:55+00:00

A graphic showing plastic bags.All major retail chains accepts plastic bags and plastic films (i.e., bread bags and packaging wrap). Recycling bins are located either outside in front of the store  or by check-out stands.

Light Bulbs2020-05-25T14:44:34+00:00

Fluorescent bulbs are accepted at MUB’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. You can find more information about that event here:

You can also recycle fluorescent bulbs (tubes not accepted) at the following locations:

Best Buy
3294 University Town Centre Dr
Morgantown, WV, 26501

(Multiple locations)

Incandescent, halogen and LED light bulbs do not contain hazardous materials and is considered safe to dispose of in the trash.


A graphic for batteries.All batteries are accepted at MUB’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. You can find more information on that event here:

Rechargeable batteries

Best Buy
3294 University Town Centre Dr
Morgantown, WV, 26501

(Multiple locations)

Car/truck batteries

Advance Auto Parts
(Multiple locations)

Advance Auto Parts will give $10 store credit for each battery.

(Multiple locations)

AutoZone will give $10 store credit for each battery.


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Republic Services offers free pick up of e-waste every 4th Saturday of the month to all Morgantown residents. Call 304-366-8900 or 1-800-696-3173 to schedule your free pick-up through Republic. Visit their website to see a full list of accepted electronics


You can also recycle your e-waste at these locations:

PC Renewal
3848 Grafton Rd.
Morgantown, WV 26508
Phone: 304-291-8550

Shermantic Computer Services
600 Fairmont Ave.
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: 304-367-0020

Best Buy
3294 University Town Centre Dr.
Morgantown, WV, 26501
Phone: 304-598-9052

Office Depot
733 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Morgantown, WV, 26505
Phone: 304-598-07899

Morgantown Goodwill
(Multiple locations)

Who is going to be checking my bins?2020-07-06T19:37:29+00:00

The City of Morgantown Recycling Manager will be leading a group of trained volunteers to check bins ahead of the recycling truck. If you would like to volunteer for this, please sign up on ISERVE. At a minimum, all volunteers will wear safety vests, mask, and gloves, practice social distancing measures, and complete a training before inspecting bins.

What’s an “Oops” Tag?2020-07-06T19:35:53+00:00

An “Oops” tag is a tag that attaches to the handle of recycling bins. Contaminated bins will get an “Oops” tag with 1 or more checkboxes marked for 6 types of contamination. The backside will have a recycling guide outlining the “How Tos” and “Dos and Don’ts”. You can also download a guide here.

A graphic showing an "Oops" tag which will be placed on contaminated curbside recycling bins.

Will my bin be accepted if it’s contaminated?2020-03-24T15:25:05+00:00

Republic Services will not empty recycling bins with an Oops tag. When the contamination is removed, the bin will be emptied on the next regular pickup day. A bin inspector will check the bin before collection to verify removal of the contaminated items. Refunds for missed pickups will not be given if the recycling bin was not serviced due to contamination. 

When will my bin be checked for contamination?2020-06-25T15:37:03+00:00

Bin inspecting will start in August 2020 in different areas of Morgantown Neighborhoods. If your area will be inspected you will be notified by a door hanger.

Where do I get recycling information?2020-06-29T18:36:13+00:00

A Recycle Right Morgantown Recycling Guide was mailed in MUB bills in March-May 2020. If you missed the guide in your bill you can download a guide from here.

Additionally, guides are available at the Morgantown Public Library, City Hall, Public Safety Building, 430 Spruce St (City administration offices). Also check out our Recycling Resources resource page for information on how to recycle items not accepted in curbside recycling.

Is curbside recycling offered in my area?2020-04-07T14:26:59+00:00

Curbside recycling is offered to all residents living in the City of Morgantown and is serviced by Republic Services. Recycling is included in your trash bill which is billed through MUB.

Note: If you rent or have a commercial account for your dwelling, please check with your landlord or commercial account contact to see if recycling is offered.

Enter for a chance to win 3 FREE months of trash and recycling by taking this quick survey.

Do I live within city limits?2020-04-07T14:22:40+00:00

Check out the ward map to see if you live in Morgantown city limits.

Where do I get a recycling bin?2020-03-24T15:25:17+00:00

Call Republic Services to get a free 35 or 65-gallon recycling bin at 304-366-8900 or 800-696-3173.

Where can I recycle in Monongalia County?2020-06-25T15:44:46+00:00

Drop-off recycling is available M-F from 7:00am3:30pm at the Westover City Building at 500 DuPont Road. For more information, check out Mon County’s website at