What to Recycle

How to Prepare Your Recyclables

  • All containers need to be empty of liquids and food 
  • Rinse off food residue 
  • Labels do not have to be removed
  • No need to crush cans or plastic bottles (small items are difficult to process)
  • Put plastic caps back on bottles
  • Flatten cardboard boxes
  • Do not put recyclables inside plastic bags 
    (recyclables should be disposed of loosely in the container)

Aluminum

  • Pet food cans
  • Beverage cans
  • NO foil or food trays

Tin Cans

  • Food cans: soup, vegetable, fruit, broth, etc.
  • Metal caps from bottles, jars and frozen juice

Glass Bottles & Jars (any color)

  • Beverage bottles
  • Food jars
  • NO windows, dishes, Pyrex, ceramics or light bulbs

Mixed Paper

  • Paper must be clean and dry
  • Newspaper and all inserts
  • Envelopes - with or without a window
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Office paper and Post-It notes
  • Phone Books
  • Paperback Books
  • Shredded Paper
    (put into a paper bag, fold the top and tape/staple it closed, label “shredded paper”)

Cardboard

  • Clean, corrugated cardboard (break down and flatten)
  • Cereal, granola bar, cake and other baking boxes (remove plastic liners)
  • Manila envelopes and file folders
  • Paper grocery bags
  • NO pizza boxes, detergent boxes, waxy frozen or refrigerated food boxes

Plastic

  • #1 and #2 bottles (put caps back on) and food containers
    Waste Management and Advanced Disposal haulers accept plastics #3-7 as well
  • Milk jugs, beverage bottles, laundry detergent (items with a neck)
  • NO styrofoam egg cartons, cups, plates or packaging material
  • NO plastic film and bags in curbside recycling
    • To recycle, bring to your local grocery store, Target or Walmart
      (examples: grocery bags, bread bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags,
      plus film wrap for water bottles, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)

Other items that may be recyclable in your community

  • Appliance, Electronics and Tires (spring and fall collection events)
  • Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep (spring and fall collection events)
  • Printer cartridges, re-chargeable and vehicle batteries, oil, fluorescent bulbs,
    eye glasses / hearing aids, scrap metal (drop-off sites or mail-in programs)
  • Re-claim programs may be offered through the manufacturer -
    Contact the business/manufacturer directly for details
  • For more details check-out our A-Z Recycling & Disposal Guide