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10/01/18 - Common Recycling Questions Where the Answer Is No

Posted on September 4, 2020 at 3:56 PM by Jacob Smith

Black and glowing red question marks on a black surface

Often when we have conversations with people about what can be recycled, we are asked, "but what about…." The following is a common list of the types of materials that are asked about and that should not be recycled at your curb or community drop-off center:

  • No:
    • Aluminum foil
    • Aluminum trays
    • Car parts
    • Scrap metal
    • Sheet metal or siding
  • No bags
  • No batteries
  • No clothing, bed sheets, towels, or shoes
  • No electronics or extension cords
  • No food or food residue on items to be recycled
  • No garden hoses, tools, or kids' pools
  • No liquids left in drink bottles
  • No plastics such as:
    • Food storage containers (Rubbermaid, Tupperware, etc.)
    • Large plastic tubs
    • Plastic produce containers from the grocery store
    • Plastic stackable chairs or tables
    • Storage tubs
    • Take-out containers
    • Toys
  • No shredded paper
  • No small items: plastic cutlery, caps (plastic or metal), pill bottles (prescription or over the counter)
  • No Styrofoam cups, packing peanuts, or large pieces from boxes
  • No wet cardboard or paper

Acceptable Items

Please note: the only items that should be recycled at your curb or at a community drop-off center are:

  • Cardboard
  • Cartons
  • Metal cans
  • Paper
  • Plastic bottles and jugs


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