Recycling, Composting, and Landfill

Recycling, composting, and landfill waste removal are performed on a daily basis. Each waste basket has been color coded to help tenants identify correct placement of waste; recycling = blue, composting = green, and landfill = black.

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

Examples of compost

Acceptable Unacceptable

Food Scraps (Anything that used to be alive)

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds with paper filter
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells and eggs
  • Fruit (pits and shells too)
  • Leftovers and spoiled food
  • Meat (including bones)
  • Seafood (including shellfish)
  • Tea and tea bags
  • Vegetables

Food Soiled Paper

  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers
    (metal or plastic rim okay)
  • Paper bags, napkins, tissues and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
    (metal handle okay)
  • Tissues
  • Waxy paper milk and juice cartons
    (no foil liner, plastic spout okay)

Plants (Extra yard trimmings must be boxed, bundled or placed in brown paper bags less than 40 lbs. per item and placed next to the green cart for collection.)

  • Branches and brush
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  • Leaves
  • Tree trimmings
    (less than six inches in diameter and four feet long)


  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Hair, fur, and feathers (non-synthetic)
  • Plastic and cutlery clearly labeled "compostable"
    (green stripe or sticker to allow for easy identification)
  • Vegetable wood crates (metal wire okay)
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Wood – small pieces of lumber or sawdust from clean wood only (no plywood, pressboard, painted,
    stained or treated wood)
  • Wooden chopsticks

  • Aluminum foil or trays
  • "Biodegradable" plastic (not labeled "compostable")
  • Cat litter or animal feces
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing, linens and rags
  • Cooking oil
  • Corks – natural (drop in barrels at Whole Foods)
  • Corks – plastic
  • Diapers
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Flower pots or trays
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Glass, metal or plastic not labeled "compostable"
  • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Liquids or ice
  • Plastic bags, wrappers or film
  • Recyclable/clean cardboard or paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood – plywood, pressboard, painted or stained wood

Acceptable Unacceptable
  • Cat litter and animal feces (bagged)
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing linens and rags
  • Cigarette butts (extinguished – run under water prior to disposal)
  • Dental floss
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Incandescent light bulbs
    (no fluorescents or HIDs)
  • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
  • Mylar (shiny metal) bags (potato chips, candy bars, balloons, etc.)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Plastic bags, wrappers and film
    (not labeled "compostable")
  • Plastic items mixed with metal, fabric or rubber
  • Plastic labeled "biodegradable" only
  • Rubber bands
  • Six-pack ring holder (please cut up)
  • Sponges
  • Styrofoam
  • Twist ties
  • Wood – small pieces of plywood, pressboard, and painted or stained wood
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Coat hangers
  • Construction debris
  • Cooking oil and grease
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent or HID light bulbs
  • Food scraps, soiled paper or yard trimmings
  • Household hazardous waste or chemicals
  • Large items (furniture, metal, plastic, wood)
  • Liquids or ice
  • Motor oil
  • Needles or syringes
  • Paint
  • Plastic labeled "compostable"
  • Recyclable cardboard, glass, metal, paper or plastic
  • Toys with electronics or batteries
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Waxy paper milk or juice cartons

Last Reviewed: 2020-09-24