Recycling exmples

Acceptable Unacceptable

Metal (No liquids or food)

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil and trays (ball foil up to softball size)
  • Caps and lids from bottles, jars and steel (tin) cans
  • Paint cans (must be empty or dry)
  • Spray cans (must be empty)
  • Steel (tin) cans

Plastic (Except those labeled "compostable"; no plastic bags, wrappers or Styrofoam)

  • Bottles (leave caps on)
  • Buckets (metal handle okay)
  • CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMs and cases (remove paper insert)
  • Coffee cup lids
  • Containers and clamshells
  • Corks (plastic)
  • Cups and plates (plastic only, no Styrofoam)
  • Flower pots and trays (plastic)
  • Laundry detergent bottles
  • Molded plastic packaging
  • Toys (no electronics, metal or batteries)
  • Tubs and lids (yogurt containers and Tupperware)
  • Utensils (plastic)

Paper (Clean, dry and unsoiled)

  • Bags (paper only, no plastic)
  • Cardboard (non-waxed)
  • Cereal boxes and paperboard (remove plastic liner)
  • Computer and office paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Envelopes (windows okay)
  • Junk mail and magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Packing or kraft paper
  • Phonebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Shredded paper
    (place in sealed paper
    bag and label "Shredded Paper")
  • Wrapping paper

Glass (No liquids or food)

  • Glass bottles and jars only
    (metal caps and lids too)
  • Batteries
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing, linens and rags
  • Coat hangers
  • Electronics
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Food scraps
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Incandescent light bulbs,
    fluorescent light bulbs and HIDs
  • Plastic bags, wrappers or film

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