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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.


Home Reference Guide

Designed for residents who prefer to quickly check where items go, the Home Reference Guide shows where to put common paper, plastic, metal, and other items.

  • Level of Detail: Basic
  • Best For: Recyclers who want to focus on a few items.

HOME REFERENCE GUIDE - Use this guide for basic information where to put everyday items. (Click image to download)

Detailed Plastics Guide

Designed for residents who prefer to go into depth with different plastic types and put more plastic items into the recycle cart and Hefty® EnergyBag® orange bag.

  • Level of Detail: Advanced
  • Best For: Recyclers who want to sort items by using numbers.

DETAILED PLASTICS GUIDE - Use this guide for more in depth information about where to put different plastics. (Click image to download)




Only these items loose in recycle cart.

(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.



Plastic beverage and detergent bottles

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.

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Including ads and other paper inserts. Do not include rubber bands or plastic bags.

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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.

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Including catalogs and telephone books.

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Junk mail

Including all colors of scrap paper and envelopes (windows & labels okay) and post cards.

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Cereal, cracker, cookie and shoe boxes.

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Wrapping paper

Including tissue paper, craft paper, paper without shiny or glitter coating.

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Without foil or glitter.

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Paper egg cartons

Paper only. Place foam egg cartons in orange bag.

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Miscellaneous paper

Including copier and printer paper, fax paper, construction paper, stationery, file folders, note paper, computer paper, brochures, coupons, Post-it notes, shredded paper.

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Aluminum and steel cans

A light rinse may be all it takes to remove food. Otherwise, thoroughly rinse to remove heavy residue.

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Aluminum foil

Including foil trays. Rinse, if foil is covered with food residue.

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PUT IN Hefty® EnergyBag™ ORANGE BAG


Plastic film and bags

Plastic food wrap, grocery bags, shopping bags, freezer bags, produce bags, bread bags, food storage bags, salad and other types of cellophane and film.

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Plastic pouches

Including stand up, squeezable (portable yogurt, applesauce), laundry, microwavable, take-out condiments and juice. Portable foil-lined pouches are not accepted.

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Plastic liners

Packaging liners inside boxes of baking mix, cake mix, flour, snacks, crackers and cereal.

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Foam containers

Including cups, trays, egg cartons, meat trays, bowls, plates and foam (not plastic) "to-go" hinged-lid (clamshell) boxes.

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Plastic disposable dinnerware

Including plates, bowls, cups and utensils.

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Plastic food cups

Including yogurt, pudding, gelatin, butter and margarine, salsa and cottage cheese containers.

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Plastic wrappers and bags

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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Plastic lids and caps

Including "to-go" beverage cup lids, bottle caps and milk/juice jug caps.

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Plastic toothpaste tubes/deodorant sticks

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.

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Plastic single serve containers

Including coffee pods (without coffee), cream and "grab and go" snack (peanut butter, salad dressing, hummus, etc.) containers. 

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Plastic mailing supplies

Including bubble wrap, plastic mailing envelopes, air packs and air pillows, shrink wrap.

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Plastic six-pack rings and holders

Including flimsy plastic rings and solid plastic disc six-pack holders.

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Plastic straws

Including drinking straws and stirrers.

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Plastic water bottles

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.

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Plastic salad containers or hinged-lid (clamshell) containers

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.

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Frozen and refrigerated food boxes

Paper boxes made with a plastic that keeps them from getting soggy when exposed to moisture.

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Paper cups

Like freezer boxes, “paper” cups are coated with wax or plastic so they don’t dissolve when filled with liquid.

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Pizza boxes

Pizza boxes are often soaked with grease and food residue.

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Wax paper

It gets tangled in the machinery at the sorting facility.

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Greeting Cards/envelopes with foil and glitter

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.

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Foil wrapping paper

Reuse, if possible.

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Gift bags if coated, plastic or laminated

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.

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Manila envelopes with bubble wrap

Paper mailer envelopes lined with plastic bubble wrap cannot be separated by recycling equipment.

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Ribbons and bows

Save and re-use for other gifts.

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