As residents, you can help the recycling system work well by putting the right things in the recycle cart and keeping the wrong things out.
We know the new recycling restrictions can be confusing, so we've developed information to help residents navigate through the complexity. View our home reference guide (PDF), detailed plastics guide (PDF) or check our comprehensive listing of what goes in your recycle cart, Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bag and trash cart below.
Only these items loose in recycle cart.
- Plastic beverage and detergent bottles
- Junk mail
- Wrapping paper
- Paper egg cartons
- Miscellaneous paper
- Aluminum and Steel Cans
- Aluminum Foil
(Next to Recycle cart)
Used motor oil: Recycle up to two gallons per household per week.
Set out a non-returnable, transparent plastic container next to your trash cart.
- Label container "Used Motor Oil".
- Avoid mixing oil with other fluids (gasoline, antifreeze, water). The oil becomes contaminated and cannot be recycled.
WHAT GOES IN
Only empty, clean and dry plastics/foam in approved orange bag.
WHAT STAYS OUT
These items must go into trash cart.
- Plastic water bottles
- Plastic salad containers or hinged lid (clamshell) containers
- Frozen and refrigerated food boxes
- Paper beverage cups
- Pizza boxes
- Waxed paper
- Greeting cards/envelopes with foil or glitter
- Foil wrapping paper
- Gift bags if coated, plastic or laminated
- Manila envelopes with bubble wrap
- Ribbons and bows
PUT IN RECYCLE CART
Including soft drink, juice, laundry and dishwasher detergent bottles made with hard, rigid (not crinkly or flexible) plastic. Thin, crinkly or flexible plastic water bottles must go into your trash cart.
Including ads and other paper inserts. Do not include rubber bands or plastic bags.
Flatten cardboard boxes and cut up any boxes larger than three feet in any direction. Do not include plastic or wax-coated cardboard or pizza boxes.
Including catalogs and telephone books.
Including all colors of scrap paper and envelopes (windows & labels okay) and post cards.
Cereal, cracker, cookie and shoe boxes.
Including tissue paper, craft paper, paper without shiny or glitter coating.
Without foil or glitter.
Paper only. Place foam egg cartons in orange bag.
Including copier and printer paper, fax paper, construction paper, stationery, file folders, note paper, computer paper, brochures, coupons, Post-it notes, shredded paper.
A light rinse may be all it takes to remove food. Otherwise, thoroughly rinse to remove heavy residue.
Including foil trays. Rinse, if foil is covered with food residue.
PUT IN Hefty® EnergyBag™ ORANGE BAG
Plastic food wrap, grocery bags, shopping bags, freezer bags, produce bags, bread bags, food storage bags, salad and other types of cellophane and film.
Including stand up, squeezable (portable yogurt, applesauce), laundry, microwavable, take-out condiments and juice. Portable foil-lined pouches are not accepted.
Packaging liners inside boxes of baking mix, cake mix, flour, snacks, crackers and cereal.
Including cups, trays, egg cartons, meat trays, bowls, plates and foam (not plastic) "to-go" hinged-lid (clamshell) boxes.
Including plates, bowls, cups and utensils.
Including yogurt, pudding, gelatin, butter and margarine, salsa and cottage cheese containers.
Including snack bags, potato chip bags, candy wrappers, cheese wrappers, packaged lunch meat and hot dogs or sausages, prepackaged salad and produce bags, frozen food and pet food bags.
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Including "to-go" beverage cup lids, bottle caps and milk/juice jug caps.
Toothpaste and health and beauty items such as, lotions, creams and hair products in tubes can be thrown into the bag without being cut open and rinsed. The small amount of product left in the tube will be handled in the process. Deodorant sticks must be empty.
Including coffee pods (without coffee), cream and "grab and go" snack (peanut butter, salad dressing, hummus, etc.) containers.
Including bubble wrap, plastic mailing envelopes, air packs and air pillows, shrink wrap.
Including flimsy plastic rings and solid plastic disc six-pack holders.
Including drinking straws and stirrers.
PUT IN TRASH CART
Bottles that are easy to crush (including thin, crinkly, lightweight plastic bottles) become flattened in the sorting process and get sorted incorrectly. They end up the paper stream, which lowers the quality of the recycled paper and makes it harder to sell.
Large clear containers that hold leafy salad mixes, spinach or lettuce are made with crinkly or flexible plastic that becomes flattened in the sorting process and gets sorted incorrectly. They end up the paper stream, which lowers the quality of the recycled paper and makes it harder to sell. Hinged-lid (clamshell) or containers with separate lids used for take-out salads, tomatoes, sandwiches and other deli items also fall into this category.
Paper boxes made with a plastic that keeps them from getting soggy when exposed to moisture.
Like freezer boxes, “paper” cups are coated with wax or plastic so they don’t dissolve when filled with liquid.
Pizza boxes are often soaked with grease and food residue.
It gets tangled in the machinery at the sorting facility.
Including ribbon, metal charms, buttons, vinyl overlay and musical greeting cards. Foil and glitter is bonded to the paper so it stays on securely and, as a result, cannot be separated from the paper in the recycling process.
Reuse, if possible.
Foil, glitter or plastic overlay is bonded to the paper so it stays on securely and, as a result, cannot be separated from the paper in the recycling process. Reuse, if possible.
Paper mailer envelopes lined with plastic bubble wrap cannot be separated by recycling equipment.
Save and re-use for other gifts.