Recycling Dos & Don'ts

Recycling Dos

ItemSpecial InstructionsComments
Glass JarsThe tops are only recyclable when they are removed from the glass jars and placed in the cart separately.Rinse
Plastic JarsThe plastic tops may remain on the plastic jars.Rinse
Glass BottlesRinse out. Remove the twist or pop tops and place in the recycle cart.The tops are only recyclable when they are removed from the glass bottles and placed in the cart separately.
Aluminum CansRinse out.The pull-tops are recyclable as long as they stay on the can or are inside the can.
Wine/Alcoholic Beverage BottlesRinse out. Remove the screw tops and recycle them separately.Corks do not need to be removed from the wine bottles. The screw tops need to be removed and placed in the recycle cart.
Plastic Bottles (including squeeze bottles)Rinse out.If the tops are plastic and the bottom is plastic, they do not need to be separated before placing into the recycle cart.
Plastic Seal on Frozen Food ContainerN/AN/A
Plastic Food ContainersRinse and dry containers.For example, microwave/frozen food, deli takeout box and/or tuna lunch-to-go containers (bottom half)
Milk/Juice Cartons Broth Cartons, etc.Rinse out.Tetra Pak containers only (products that have been aseptically packaged using a system of plastic-coated paperboard).
Juice Containers with Pull TabsFor example, coconut juiceTetra Pak containers only (products that have been aseptically packaged using a system of plastic-coated paperboard).
Juice PouchesN/AYou may leave the straw in the pouch when putting in the recycle cart.
AluminumAluminum foil must be clean and free of food debris.Yoplait pull tops and Hershey's Kiss wrappers cannot be recycled. These are too small to get sorted off the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) line.
Tin Cans with LidsRinseN/A
Cardboard BoxesBreak down before placing in the recycle cart.No wax-coated, glossy-coated or distinctively yellow corrogated soft cardboard. These are not recyclable.
Gift BoxesN/AN/A
Shirt BoxesN/AN/A
Back of NotepadN/AN/A
Tissue BoxesTear out the plastic around the dispenser area and place in the trash cart.N/A
Toothpaste Boxes and Other Similar BoxesN/AN/A
Dry Food BoxesRecycle the outer box, but take out the inside bag and place it in the trash cart.Rinse
Paper Towel & Toilet Paper Inside RollN/AN/A
Poster BoardN/AN/A
Beverage Carton ContainerN/AN/A
Pasta BoxesRemove the plastic window and put in the trash cart.N/A
All Paper Computer/Copier, Ledger Wrapping Paper (no foil), Arts and Crafts, Paper, Unwanted Mail, Flyers, Telephone Books, Note Cards, Newspapers, Blueprints, Magazines, File Folders, Paper Bags, Post-It-Notes, Catalogs, Envelopes (including those with windows)All paper must be dry.N/A
PAM (Cooking Oil Spray Can)Must be empty.N/A
New Tuna ContainersRinse out the tin before placing in the recycle cart.The paper and/or plastic pull-top needs to be removed from the tin can and placed in the trash cart. Tuna pouches are not recyclable.
Containers (like Deviled Ham)Remove the paper from the can and place in the trash cart.The tin can is recyclable, but the paper is not.
Vitamin/Supplement BottlesThe lid should be removed from the glass bottles and placed separately in the recycle cart.N/A
Cosmetic Jars and BottlesRinse out. Remove the lid if the container is glass.The lid should be removed from the glass bottles and placed separately in the recycle cart.
Soap Bottles with Pump TopsDo not remove the pump top if it is of the same material as the bottle.Rinse
Plastic ToysTake off any metal.N/A


Recycling Don'ts

ItemSpecial InstructionsComments
Toothpaste TubesN/AThese are too small to get sorted off the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) line.
Instant Meal SoupsN/AFor example, dry soups, ramen noodles, etc.
Dog/Cat Food Bags (Paper)N/AThese are contaminated by the dog/cat food inside.
Bag Material with Plastic lining (i.e., 20-lb. rice bags)N/AMixed material cannot be recycled.
Pizza BoxesN/ACannot be recycled when contaminated with food.
PaperboardN/AFOIL on any paperboard (or on the inside of any plastic bag, etc.) is not recyclable
Yogurt/Applesauce Fruit CupsN/AThese are too small to get sorted off the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) line.
Uncle Ben's Ready PouchesN/AN/A
Energy Gel containerN/AN/A
StyrofoamN/AN/A
Wax-Coated Box Covers and Similar Products (i.e., Dixie Cups)N/AThese are not made from Tetra Pak. Vanity Fair® plates and Dixie coated paper cups are not recyclable.
Plastic BagsN/ABundle all lose plastic bags into one single bag and place in the trash container.
Grocery BagsN/AN/A
Produce/Bulky Bin BagsN/AN/A
Potato, Apple and Carrot BagsN/AN/A
Ziploc BagsN/AN/A
Sandwich BagsN/AN/A
Home-Delivered Newspaper BagsN/AN/A
Dry Cleaner BagsN/AN/A
Plastic Wrap and Bubble WrapN/AN/A
Floral WrapsN/AN/A
Plastic over Individual Juice Cartons and Over Case DrinksN/AN/A
Plastic Wrap around CD/DVDsN/AN/A
Snack Cracker Plastic WrapN/AN/A
Bread and Rice Cake BagsN/AThese have too much color on the bags to be recyclable
Candy WrappersN/AN/A
Chips BagsN/AN/A
Frozen Vegetable and Fruit BagsN/AN/A
Reusable Bags with Ziploc TopFor example: croutons, dried fruit, salad, etc.These bags have too much color and are not recyclable.
Rice, Bean, Pasta BagsN/AThese have too much color on the bags to be recyclable
Tortilla BagsN/AThese have too much color on the bags to be recyclable
Torn, Empty Trash BagsN/AN/A
Individual Cheese WrapperN/AN/A