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RecyclingCity Trash & Recycling

Recycling Rules

  • NEW for FALL 2013: Now accepting cartons (like milk, juice, and coconut water) in your residential blue cart. Read more here.
  • All recyclables can be mixed together in the container.
  • Please flatten cardboard boxes.
  • Empty your recylables of their contents.
  • Rinsing containers is recommended because it keeps your recycling bin clean and makes the containers easier to recycle.
  • It is not necessary to remove labels, rings, staples, paperclips or other items.


  • All Metal
    (No liquids or food)
    • Aluminum cans
    • Aluminum foil and trays
    • Caps and lids from bottles, jars and steel (tin) cans
    • Paint cans (must be empty or dry)
    • Spray cans (must be empty)
    • Steel (tin) cans, scrap metal, metal parts
  • All Plastic
    No Styrofoam or plastic labeled "compostable" or "biodegradable"
    • Bottles
    • Bottle caps
    • Buckets (metal handle ok)
    • Coffee cup lids
    • Containers and clamshells (rinsed out)
    • Laundry detergent bottles
    • Plastic bags
    • Plastic Cups and plates (plastic only, no styrofoam)
    • Plastic Flower pots and trays
    • Plastic packaging
    • Plastic Toys without cords or batteries
    • Saran Wrap - Plastic Film
    • Tubs and lids (ie: yogurt containers and Tupperware)
    • Wine corks - plastic but no true cork
  • All Paper
    (Clean, dry and unsoiled)
    • Bags
    • Cardboard (non-waxed)
    • Cartons (dairy, juice, broth, etc.)
    • Cereal boxes and Paperboard(remove plastic liner)
    • Computer and office paper
    • Clean coffee cups and lids
    • Egg cartons
    • Envelopes (windows okay)
    • Junk mail and magazines
    • Newspapers
    • Packing or Kraft paper
    • Phonebooks
    • Shredded paper, but not crosscut
    • Tetra Pak and other aseptic packaging
    • Wrapping paper (non-metallic)
    • Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
    • Waxy paper milk or juice cartons
  • All Glass Containers
    (No liquids or food)
    • Glass bottles and jars only (metal caps and lids too)
  • Non-Treated Wood / Pallets
    • Wood pallets (dumpsters only)


  • Batteries
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing linens and rags
  • Electronics
  • CD's, DVD's, CDROM & Cases (remove paper insert )
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Food
  • Glass mirrors and windows
  • Large items (furniture, appliances, etc)
  • Light bulbs: Incandescent, Fluorescents and HIDs
    Incandescent light bulbs can go in the brown bin to the landfill. Florescents and HID bulbs contain mercury and must be disposed of as hazardous waste.
  • Plastic labeled "Compostable" or "Biodegradable"
    If the plastic says 'compostable' on it and you are a participant of the foodscraps program please put this material in the yellow bin. 'Biodegradable' is not a certified standard for any method of disposal. Please reuse these materials or put them in the landfill.
  • Soiled paper (paper cups, plates, napkins, tissues, towels, take-out boxes and greasy pizza boxes)
    If you are part of the foodscraps program please put these materials in the yellow bin.
  • Styrofoam
    We are currently unable to recycle styrofoam at this time. You might see a recycling symbol on it, but it is not marketable.
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
    If you are part of the foodscraps program please put these materials in the yellow bin.

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2014