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Your Guide to Recycling

Feb 19, 2021 | Trash Talk

Because you asked us…

 At the Recycling District, we get a lot of questions about what is and what isn’t recyclable. Here is our latest:


Paper recycling:

1) Make sure your paper is one of the following: Newspaper, magazines, telephone books, mail, printed or copier paper and chipped board (e.g.: cereal boxes).

2) Paper should be loose when placed in the bin. No glossy paper or foil wrapping paper. Christmas wrapping paper can be recycled as long as there is no glitter.

3) Paper should not be stained by waste.


Paper that is recyclable…

Cereal box

Office paper

Newspaper including inserts


Telephone book

Tablet paper


Soft Back Books


Tissue boxes


Non-recyclable materials…

Feminine products

Paper towels

Dirty pizza boxes


Shredded paper


Grass clippings

No leaves or yard waste

No lumber

Pringle can


Cardboard Recycling:

1) Corrugated Cardboard only.

2) Cardboard should be broken down to be placed inside of the recycling bin. Tape does not need to be removed but helps if you do.

3) Cardboard should be clean and dry. All materials should be removed from inside the cardboard and thrown away. No styrofoam, bubble wrap, or any other packaging material should remain inside the flattened boxes.

4) Pizza boxes with grease on them should be thrown away. They are considered a contaminant.

5) Cereal boxes should be placed in the paper bin since they are paperboard.

Cardboard that is recyclable…

Corrugated cardboard 

Shipping boxes


Non-recyclable material in the fiber bins…

Feminine products

Paper towels

Dirty pizza boxes


Shredded paper


Grass clippings

No leaves or yard waste

No lumber

Pringle can

Metal and Aluminum Cans:

1) All metal and aluminum cans should be clean, dry, and empty.

2) Only metal and aluminum food and beverage cans are accepted. No other metal or aluminum items will be accepted.

3) All metal and aluminum cans should be placed loosely (not in any bag or any other container) in the recycling bin.

Cans that are recyclable…

Aerosol cans

Soup cans

Veggie. Cans

Soda cans


Non-recyclable materials…

Scrap metal

Propane Tanks









Metal Clothes Hanger

Glass Bottles and Jars:

1) All glass bottles and jars should be clean, dry, and empty. Unclean material may result in a contaminated load that is placed in the landfill. Rinsing out your glass will keep bees and other critters away.

2) Lids and caps may be kept on the glass bottle or jar. This is not a requirement.

3) Glass may be any color and should be placed loosely in the bin (No bags or containers).

4) No window panes, glassware, mirrors, or lightbulbs may be placed in this bin. These items should be thrown away in your trash.

Glass Bottles and Jars that are recyclable…

Wine bottles

Beer bottles

Spaghetti jar

Pickle jar

Food jars


Non-recyclable materials…

Light bulbs


Drinking Glassware


Plastic Bottles and Jugs:

1) Plastic bottles and jugs should be clean, dry, and empty. A quick rinse usually satisfies most containers if addressed right away.

2) All plastics should have a “neck and shoulders” to be recycled

3) Do not use plastic numbers (Plastics #1-7) to determine if something is recyclable or not.

4) Keep your lids on the plastic bottle or jug.

5) Plastic bottles and jugs should be placed loosely

Some examples of recyclable plastics…

Water bottles, any size. I.e. gallon, liter, 16 oz

Soda bottles, any size

Any plastic soft drink bottle , any size

Plastic peanut butter jar

Laundry detergent jugs any size

Milk jugs

Small plastic milk bottles

Colored plastic soda bottles

Mustard bottle

Mayonnaise jar

Shampoo bottles

Hand soap bottles

Dish soap bottles

Creamer bottle

Bleach bottles

Household cleaner bottles

Plastics that are not recyclable…

Juice pouches

Yogurt cups

Sauce cups

Cottage cheese cups

Styrofoam of any kind

Milk cartons

Plastic straws


Cups lids

Plastic shopping bags and film

Bread bags


Garbage bags

Takeout containers

Clear clamshell packaging

Berry containers

Fast food cups

Coffee cups

Gardening pots

Water hose

Cat litter bucket


Bubble wrap

Oil/antifreeze containers

Clothes hangers

Plastic utensils


  1. Hannah Hubbard

    So helpful! Thank you so much for this detailed list!

    • Steve Tharp

      Absolutely! If you have any suggestions for improvement, let us know!

  2. Hannah Hubbard

    Could you make this list a printable document? I’d love to hang it on my fridge for easy reference 🙂

    • Steve Tharp

      Let me see what I can do!

  3. Laurel Kunkel

    Can pill bottles or medicine bottles be recycled?

    • Steve Tharp

      They must have a neck and shoulders and be larger than a credit card to be recycled.

  4. Amy Beacom

    Can you recycle milk cartons? And would it be considered paper or plastic?

    • Amy Beacom

      Disregard! I missed that it was listed under “do not recycle” in plastics.

      • Steve Tharp

        All good! Thank you for commenting and asking! We would rather you ask. Enjoy your day!

  5. Janeene

    Can shredded paper be accepted if it is placed in a paper bag and stapled shut OR placed in a plastic recycle bag?

    • Steve Tharp

      No. Shredded paper must be thrown away in the trash.

  6. Janeene

    Can Vitamin bottles be recycled?

    • Steve Tharp

      Yes, so long as they have a neck and shoulders and are larger than a credit card.

  7. Janeene

    Can plastic milk jugs be recycled?

    • Steve Tharp

      Yes, they are plastic jug.

  8. Dee

    Do magazines need to have their staples removed?
    What does “Paper should be loose when placed in the bin” mean exactly?

    • Steve Tharp

      Staples do not need to be removed. Paper should be loose means they should not be placed inside of a bag or other form of container inside the bin. For example, I pour all of my sheets of paper meant for recycling from my plastic recycling tote into the bin so that they are loose. Does that help?

  9. Connie Butera

    Is thee any place to recycle metal, i,e, 100% metal clothes hangers, metal kebab spears used for grilling?


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