steel & tin cans
clean aluminum foil
(if it's not clean, better to leave it out )
pie and baking tins
recycle lids separately
no corks please!
junk mail & office paper
no plastic sleeves
phone & paperback books
Not even the ones with numbers on them. Plastic bags are very costly to recycle when mixed with other recyclables.
Plastic bags can be efficiently recycled at dozens of local stores:
magazines & catalogs
non-metallic gift wrap
cardboard egg crates
(aka: Post It® notes)
(flatten to save room)
no greasy cardboard
Recyclables do not need to be spotless, they just need to be empty.
Usually a good swish of water or scrape of the spatula will do. Or wipe out the residue with a used napkin.
shoe boxes, gift boxes
no plastic liners
plastic bottles from kitchen
plastic lids on
discard pumps & nozzles (because of the metal)
from laundry room and cleaning closet
plastic lids on
discard nozzles (because of the metal)
yogurt, margarine etc.
Call 311 or use the 311 app to request these free pickup services.
plastic wrap & film
plastic wrap & film can be recycled at most local grocery stores
takeout containers, cups, plates, coolers, packing inserts and peanuts
potato chip bags
(no bags please!)
napkins, paper towels, tissues
Any glass except bottles and jars
disposable utensils, even the biodegradable ones
beach balls, shower curtains, inflatable toys, etc.
wet, oily or food crusted paper & cardboard
TIP: tear off the greasy parts and recycle the rest
pet food bags
VHS & cassette tapes
incandescent light bulbs
note: fluorescent light bulbs cannot be disposed of curbside.
better yet, donate them.
large plastics items, like
laundry baskets and crates.
metal cookie tins, pots and pans, cookie sheets, etc.
If they're worth donating, please do!
Using compost in your yard saves water and reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.
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