Recycling Basics

Make sure items are empty, clean and dry and place them loosely in your cart, without a bag.

Recycle these:

PaperNo glittery or metallic paper
Cardboardflatten boxes
Metalcans & pans
Glass Bottles & Jars
PlasticEmpty bottles, jugs, jars

Keep these out:

No plastic bags or wrapreturn to retail locations for recycling
No tanglerscords, cables or hangers
No food or liquidRecyclables should be empty, clean and dry
No textiles See drop-off locations below
No wrapperscandy, snacks

Household recycling guide

How to dispose of just about anything, responsibly.

DROP-OFF RECYCLING

DROP-OFF RECYCLING

These items cannot be recycled in your recycling bin. Participating in these programs conserves landfill space and reclaims resources. Thank you for being resourceful!

Plastic bags & wrap


Soft plastics are not recyclable curbside.  


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Bubble wrap


Soft plastics are not recyclable curbside.  


Reuse if  possible


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Packing pillows


Soft plastics are not recyclable curbside.  


Deflate/pop pillows


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Small appliances



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Household batteries


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Bicycles & Bicycle Parts


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Textiles, clothes, rags, shoes


Donate items in good condition


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Drop Off for Recycling

What happens to recycled textiles? 

Industrial wiping cloths, carpet padding, insulation and more are made from recycled textiles.

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Books


As always, consider donating items first, recycle as a last resort. 


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Wood Pallets


Must be free of paint, preservatives, metals, concrete, etc., and less than 8' in length and less than 2' in diameter


Drop-off locations

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Can’t make it to a drop-off location?

Request a special item curbside pickup for recycling with Recology.

Learn about Ridwellrecycling services for pickup at your home.

Drop Off for Recycling

[Option #2]

Can’t make it to a drop-off location?

Check out these pickup recycling services!


Recology provides curbside pickup for many hard to recycle items.

Ridwell provides home pickup service for a fee.

Drop Off for Recycling

Hazardous! Special handling required.

Hazardous! Special handling required.

These items are hazardous and should never be placed in curbside carts. Safe disposal options are provided for each.

Household chemicals & cleaning solvants


Bug sprays, stain, acetone nail polish remover, bleach, and other hazardous chemicals


Drop-off information

special handling required
special handling required
special handling required

Use caution when disposing of broken fluorescent

light bulbs...

Here's how to do it safely:

 

epa.gov

special handling required

Electronics

 

TVs, computers, monitors, tablet/e-readers, etc.


Request Special Item Collection with Recology


Drop-off locations

special handling required

Oil-based paints & stains


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special handling required

Needles (aka: syringes, sharps)



Drop-off locations


special handling required

Automotive  fluids, batteries, and filters


Request special item collection with Recology


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special handling required
special handling required

Medication


Never flush medications. 


Drop-off locations

special handling required
special handling required

BULKY ITEM PICKUP

BULKY ITEM PICKUP

For large items that do not fit or belong in your carts, like old furniture, appliances, or mattresses, you may schedule a Bulky Item Collection by calling 206-763-4444. Items must be placed at the curb. Service charges and disposal/recycling fees apply.

Large household appliances (except refrigerators/freezers)

Refrigerators/Freezers 


Doors must be removed from refrigerators and freezers.

Furniture

Mattresses/box springs

Light bulbs, batteries and textiles, oh my!

Recology offers a residential curbside Special Item Recycling program for certain items not accepted inside your recycling cart.

Call Recology to request curbside pick-up. Learn more here. 

Curbside Recycling

Curbside Recycling

Place these items loosely in the recycling cart, without a bag. Items must be empty, clean and dry. Once collected, these items are sorted by material, and then sold to manufacturers to make new products. Recology also offers a residential curbside Special Item Recycling program for items that are not accepted inside your recycling container and are hard to properly dispose of otherwise. Learn more at (this will be a link!) https://www.recology.com/recology-cleanscapes/shoreline/special-item-recycling/.

Glass jars

 

Empty, clean and dry

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Glass bottles


Wine, beer, soda

 

All color glass,

no corks please!

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Broken glass bottles & jars (only)

 

Use due caution; no other types of glass accepted.

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Aluminum cans


Beer, soda, etc.

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Steel & tin cans

 

Soup, vegetables, coffee, pet food, etc.; peel-off lids and place lids in garbage

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Aluminum foil

 

Must be completely clean of food; please ball to the size of a softball

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Aluminum pie pans & baking tins


Clean

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Metal cookie & biscuit tins

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Metal pots, pans & lids

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Cartons


reattach caps

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Paper


Junk mail, letters, printer paper, holiday cards, envelopes, postcards

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Newspaper

 

No plastic sleeves

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Phone books

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Magazines & catalogs

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Paper bags

 

Reuse when possible

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Wrapping paper


No glittery or metallic paper

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Shoreline Recycling Quiz! - wip

We can add a link to your page once you have it

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Soft cover books


Donate them if in good condition

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Cardboard


Flatten boxes to save room; no greasy cardboard

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Shoe & gift boxes


No metallic foil or glitter; reuse when possible.

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Food boxes

 

Remove and discard plastic & foil liner bags before recycling

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Cardboard egg crates

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Cardboard tubes


From paper towels, giftwrap, toilet paper, etc.

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Paper cups


Empty, clean and dry; cup, lid, and cardboard sleeve.


No items labeled compostable.

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Plastic cups

 

Colored and clear

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Plastic bottles 

from the kitchen

 

Empty, clean and dry; leave caps attached.

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Plastic bottles

 from the bathroom

 

Empty, clean, and dry; discard pumps and nozes because of the metal.

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Plastic tubs


Empty, clean and dry; leave lid attached

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Plastic jars


Empty, clean and dry; leave lid attached

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Plastic jugs

 

Empty, clean and dry; leave caps attached

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Remember to empty, clean and dry your recyclables. 

Liquids and food decrease, and can even destroy, recyclables' ability to be used as a resource.

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Plastic
takeout containers

 

Empty, clean and dry; no styrofoam

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Yogurt cups

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Kitty litter buckets and jugs 


Empty, leave caps attached

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Plastic plant pots


Empty, clean and dry

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Plastic laundry baskets, & crates

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Vitamin & supplement bottles


No prescription vials/bottles. 

Safely dispose of unused medication at three locations in Shoreline.

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PVC pipe


White only

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Compost

Compost

When you keep food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard debris separate from your garbage you extend the life of our landfill and conserve resources. You may also save money on your monthly Recology bill by placing food and yard waste in your food and yard waste cart and reducing the size of your trash can. No plastic, no metal and no glass in food and yard waste carts.

Yard trimmings


No stumps/limbs over 4′ long, 4″ wide; no soil

Branches 


Under 4' long, 4"' wide.

Houseplants


No pots.

Bouquets

Curious about noxious weeds?

Noxious weeds can not be placed in your food and yard waste cart and should be bagged and placed in the trash can or brought to the Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station.  Learn more here.

Food scraps


Vegetable, meat, dairy, shells, etc. 


Remove all stickers, bands, and ties.

Prepared food

 

meat, vegetables, bones, spoiled or stale food, etc.

If it's edible, it's compostable

Coffee filters & grounds

Paper plates


Uncoated plates only

Napkins and paper towels

Greasy cardboard


Grease-free cardboard should be recycled.

Greasy paper


Grease-free paper should be recycled.

Cardboard egg cartons


Remove stickers. Plastic and styrofoam™ egg cartons go in the garbage cart.

Waxed cardboard


Waxed cardboard only, no plastic coating

Untreated, unpainted, wood under 4’ long and 4” wide


chopsticks, popsicle sticks, tooth picks

Recology will collect trees in January. 


Learn more. 

Only certain brands of compostable bags are accepted in the food scraps and yard debris cart...

For a list of compostable bags accepted in your food scraps & yard debris cart, 

visit: https://cedar-grove.com/compostable/residentially-accepted-items.

GARBAGE

GARBAGE

This is the stuff that goes to a landfill and remains there for generations. Please reduce, reuse and/or donate these items whenever possible.

Plastic bags & wrap

 

Plastic bags, bubble wrap, and wrap from toilet paper and paper towels can all be recycled at many local grocery stores and the Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station.

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Pet food bags


TIP: reuse these durable bags for collecting kitty litter and other heavy-duty waste.

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Coffee pods


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Hangers

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Vinyl

 

beach balls, shower curtains, inflatable toys, etc.

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Animal waste

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Incandescent light bulbs

 

Note: fluorescent light bulbs cannot be disposed of curbside - see the "drop-off recycling" section for disposal options.

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Chip & snack bags


Chip bags, candy bar wrappers, coffee bags, etc with plastic on the outside and foil on the inside. 

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All diapers

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Shredded paper


Document shredding events will commonly accept shredded paper for recycling. 

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Love your paper shredder too much?

Shredding paper is cool for security, but it makes paper less valuable for recycling. 



Only shred the necessary stuff.

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Drink pouches


Straws aren't recyclable either. 

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prescription pill bottles

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All plastic utensils, even those labeled compostable -go in the garbage cart. 

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Garden hoses

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straws

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Artwork, crafts


Enjoy it for as long as possible, but don't recycle it.  Paper with paint or glitter is not recyclable.

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Sticky notes

(aka: Post It® notes)


These are too small to recycle

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Facial tissues and toilet paper

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Designated drop-off locations

Designated drop-off locations

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