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Listed below are the most commonly accepted single-stream recycling items. Be sure to check with your waste hauler on what items are accepted if you have any questions. Keep in mind:

  • Never bag up your recyclables. Keep them loosely co-mingled inside the bin. If you use a bag to line your recycling bin, make sure the recyclables are not in a bag when they're set out at the curb
  • Just because an object is made from plastic, metal, or glass DOES NOT mean it belongs in the bin. Some objects could be hazardous to sanitation workers, or damage equipment used in processing the recyclables. Other types of contamination affect the value and quality of the recyclables, sometimes making the material un-recyclable! 
Recycle Don't Recycle
  • Containers marked #1-7 with bottle caps attached
  • Clean food containers
  • Health, beauty, and cleaning containers (cleaned; remove and discard nozzle pump)


  • Printer paper, loose leaf paper, envelopes, folders
  • Magazines, phone books, paperback books, newspaper
  • Colored craft paper, brown paper bags, wrapping paper
  • Paper egg cartons, milk cartons


  • Cleaned beverage or condiment containers


  • Clean, balled-up aluminum foil
  • Clean foil pie pans or serving trays, balled-up
  • Tin and aluminum cans/lids


  • Thin paperboard rolls and boxes
  • Broken down cardboard boxes
  • Plastic bags
  • Carbon paper
  • Hardcover books
  • Styrofoam
  • Broken glass
  • Scrap metal
  • Candy wrappers
  • Small plastics like disposable utensils
  • Aerosol containers
  • Batteries
  • Lightbulbs
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Electronics

Last updated October 20, 2022