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Residential Quick Guide to Recycling

The recycling and waste disposal world seems to be full of yeses and nos. This page is a brief overview of what goes in which residential collection container, with links to additional information if needed.

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These kinds of things go in the recycling bin

Empty and rinse containers… no lids please… labels are OK

Plastic

  • Milk, water, juice and pop bottles – items with a narrow neck
  • Detergent and fabric softener bottles
  • Yogurt, dairy and margarine tubs

Glass

  • Jars and bottles, any color

Aluminum and tin

  • Beverage cans
  • Food cans

Paper and Packaging

  • Newspaper and advertising inserts
  • Advertising mail and envelopes
  • Magazines, catalogs and phone books
  • Juice boxes and milk cartons
  • Flattened cardboard

Scrap metal

  • Limit 2 ft. x 2 ft., 35 pounds; no wood, plastic, or rubber attachments

More about recycling
See Your Recycling Yard Waste Food Scraps Garbage Guide (PDF, 1.6 MB) for more info.

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These kinds of things go in the yard waste bin

  • Yard trimmings, weeds and houseplants
  • Tree branches and twigs
  • Kitchen food scraps and paper
  • Food preparation scraps and leftovers
  • Meat, fish, poultry and dairy scraps
  • Greasy pizza delivery boxes
  • Uncoated paper plates, cups, napkins, food wrap and bags

More about yard waste and food scraps

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These kinds of things go in the garbage

Until ways are found to recycle these types of things, use the garbage can or check the What Do I Do With…? Web site for other ideas.

  • Plastic eating utensils and take-out containers
  • Styrofoam and packing peanuts
  • Plastic-coated paper and cardboard
  • Mirrors, window glass, ceramics, dishes and (non-mercury-containing) light bulbs
  • Aluminum foil wrap and trays
  • Empty aerosol spray cans
  • Latex paint cans (harden or solidify paint first)
  • Sharp or greasy metal
  • Small appliances

More about garbage
See Your Recycling Yard Waste Food Scraps Garbage Guide (PDF, 1.6 MB) for more info.

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Disposal options for these items

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Find out what your garbage and recycling hauler takes

Use the drop-down menu below to find the garbage and recycling hauler for your area.

Garbage & Recycling


Search the What Do I Do With…? Web site

 

or…

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