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​​Do you frequently ask yourself "what happens when I recycle?" Want to know A LOT more about the recycling process and how it works in Ann Arbor? If so, you are in the right place! However, this level of detail is not desired by all people. If you are looking for a quick guide for what is accepted in recycling take a look at our Recycling Guide (PDF).​

Two other excellent local sources for quick answers to frequently-asked questions on how to dispose of specific items are (new web pages): 

Page Index

What is Recycling?


Facts and Tips
Why can't I recycle this?
If I can't put it in my recycling cart, what can I do?

Super Recyclers Recycling Guide


Additional Links and Information

Ann Arbor's long-term goal is for Zero Waste.  This means re-directing 100% of the city's solid waste away from landfills thru reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting.  We are halfway there, and your efforts take us one step closer to that goal.  Thank you for your strong interest in recycling!

To stay up to date with our program you can sign up for the city's recycling web site update emails.  Also, check out bi-annual WasteWatchers, which are mailed to residents in Ann Arbor and posted online.

What is recycling?                                                                                    

Recycling is a closed-loop, three step process.

  1. Collection - Collection begins when you place your clean recyclables in your recycling cart.  Those recyclables are then picked up by trucks and transported to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to be sorted.

  2. Processing - At the MRF all recyclables are sorted and baled into large blocks of a single type of material (e.g. #1 plastics, cardboard).  These bales are sold to re-manufacturers who clean and reprocess the recyclables into new products. 

  3. Buying Recycled Products - The loop is completed when you buy recycled products.  Look for products which say "recycled content."  (As a note, not all products made with recycled content can be remade into that original product.  For example, carpet made from recycled plastic bottles cannot be remade into plastic bottles.)

Check out Dr. Recycle’s comic about the recycling loop. This handout lists where Ann Arbor’s recyclables go and what new products those recyclables are made in to!​

Ann Arbor Recycling Process and Contractual Relationships

  1. The City of Ann Arbor contracts with the non-profit organization Recycle Ann Arbor to operate city-owned recycling trucks on routes to service residential carts.  Maintenance of these trucks is shared by the City and Recycle Ann Arbor.  Business recycling carts in the DDA district and commercial dumpsters are serviced by city staff.

  2. All of the Ann Arbor's curbside recycling and recycling dumpsters' contents are brought to the city-owned Materials Recovery Facility (also know as the MRF or "Murf") on 4150 Platt Road​ in Wheeler Service Center.  The building, equipment, and property are owned by the city.  The MRF is operated by ReCommunity, a private company under contract with the city.  ReCommunity also facilitates the selling of recyclables to recycling markets to be remanufactured.  The MRF also receives recyclables from other communities and haulers which is managed by ReCommunity.  Revenues are shared from the selling of all recyclables serviced by the MRF between the City and ReCommunity

  3. A list of re-manufacturing markets for t​he city is available in this 1-pg PDF.

Also available is a City of Ann Arbor Solid Waste Organizational Chart (1-pg PDF).

Note: The Drop-Off Station on Ellsworth Rd. is operated by the non-profit Recycle Ann Arbor.

Facts and Tips                                                                                            

Reducing Waste:

National Facts and Statistics:

  • Nationally, an average of 1584 lbs.​ per capita of solid waste (trash, compost, and recycling) was generated in 2009.  That is more than 4 pounds per person, per day. (EPA)

  • Recycling and composting efforts nationwide reached 82 million tons in 2009 and provided an annual benefit of 178 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions reduced (the same as taking almost 33 million vehicles off the roads). (EPA)

  • For every one job at a landfill, there are ten jobs in recycling processing and 25 jobs in recycling based manufacturers. The recycling industry employs more workers than the auto industry. (Eco-Cycle) 

  • After being recycled five to seven times, the fibers become too short to bond into new paper. New fibers are added to replace the unusable fiber that wash out of the pulp during the recycling process. A single sheet of paper may contain new fibers as well as fibers that have already been recycled several times. (EPA)

  • The numbers on plastics do not indicate their recyclability.  The numbers, which currently go from #1 - # 7 are resin codes for industry use.  More information at (Washtenaw County)

  • Using recycled aluminum saves over 95% of the energy needed to create new aluminum.  Aluminum cans can be used, recycled, and back on the grocery store shelf in as little as 60 days, and aluminum is durable so the quality doesn’t break down like papers. (The Aluminum Association) 

Local Facts and Statistics:​

  • In 2009, Ann Arborites created an average of 1021 pounds of solid waste per capita, only 64% of the national average. 

  • Ann Arbor does not accept #3 plastics.  #3 plastics are Polyvinylchloride, PVC.  PVC is commonly used for white plastic bathroom piping.  This type of resin is particular hard to recycle and has unwanted chemicals if mixed with other plastics.

  • In 2010, 43% of the Ann Arbor waste stream was diverted from the landfill - either composted or recycled.

  • In the first year of single-stream recycling (2010-2011), Ann Arbor recycling was up 24% and trash was down 10%.

  • Papers account for about 75% of tonnages at the City of Ann Arbor’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

  • The cost to collect, sort and sell recyclables from Ann Arbor’s MRF is about the same cost as to collect, transport and bury waste in a landfill. When recycling commodity markets are strong, the sales to paper and steel mills, plastic factories, etc., can gross up to $2 million dollars/year!

Why Can't I Recycle This?                                                                       

Collection programs vary from community to community because of differences in markets, infrastructure, technology and equipment.  There are three main reasons an item will not be accepted by Ann Arbor's curbside recycling program:

​​​Health and Safety - Your recyclables go on a long journey before being made into new products.  They are handled both by machines and by hand.  Items such as syringes, batteries, or bottles with attached caps are dangerous to individuals who work with your recyclables and are NOT allowed in your recycling carts.

It is also important to clean all recyclables before placing them in your cart.  Food contamination can cause odor problems, spread bacteria, and attract pests.  Leftover cleaners or detergents can mix while in transport or sorting, leading to dangerous chemical reactions or toxic fumes.

Contamination can also be a health or safety threat for remanufacturers. 

​Hazardous waste and electronics also are not accepted because of health and environmental safety concerns.

Technology and Equipment - Your recyclables are collected by automated trucks and then sorted by machinery (and hand) at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). 

Recyclables are limited to items which will fit in your cart.  Items such as scrap metal larger than 1 cubic foot could cause damage to trucks when compacted and are not accepted. (Bulky plastics are allowed up to the size that fits inside the cart because they do not ordinarily damage the collection trucks.)

Items such as plastic bags and wire hangers are not accepted because they get caught in gears and conveyor belts, disrupting the entire sorting process at the MRF.  Styrofoam is not accepted because it has different chemical properties from other plastics and it breaks and scatters during mechanical processing, contaminating papers and containers.

Some items are not accepted because our technology cannot sort them properly.  For example, plastic lids are not accepted because they are flat, like paper, and often are incorrectly sorted into paper lines at the MRF. Mechanical sorting differentiates between flat paper and 3-D containers.  If an item, such as a plastic lid, is sorted into paper and baled with paper, it is not properly recycled.  Unmarked plastics and mixed-material items are also unable to be sorted properly.

​Markets - In order to close the recycling loop, recyclables must be sold and made into new products.  Many mixed-material items, such as paper coffee pouches lined in foil or chip bags, cannot be easily re-manufactured.  Other materials do not have markets.  The curbside recycling program is limited to materials with stable markets  with reasonable handling time, storage space, and shipping distance. The City and our partners at the MRF work to find North American re-manufacturers for our recyclables. 

Guidelines are issued to insure that only items that can be recycled are placed into recycling carts.

The MRF sorting process works to keep bales free of unwanted material (such as bottle caps in #1 plastic bales) in order to maintain a high price for bales in the market and a high recycling rate.

The “Dirty Dozen” are items that are either especially unwanted or are often mistakenly placed in recycling carts:    

    1. Garbage, compost or building materials           

    2. Plastic bags                                                    

    3. Bottle caps                                                      

    4. Plastic lids, flatware, fast-food drink tops/straws, or toy packaging                                            

    5. Liquids and dirty containers                                          

    6. Light bulbs, ceramics, Pyrex, window glass, or mirror glass

    7. Computers, TVs, electronics, electronic media (DVDs, tapes, etc.)

    8. Hazardous waste (e.g. pesticides, motor oil and filters, car batteries, automotive fluids, household batteries)

    9. Syringes or medical waste

    10. Biodegradable plastics (PLA, marked “biodegradable” or “compostable”)

    11. Paper cups, napkins, paper plates, hand towels, candy wrappers, or snack bags

    12. Styrofoam                                                

 Check out this handout for more information about the “Dirty Dozen.”

If I can’t put it in my recycling cart, what can I do with it?              

(a listing on this site is not and does not imply an endorsement of services or products by the City of Ann Arbor or by any City of Ann Arbor official or employee.)

For a more detailed list of items and countywide options, please refer to Washtenaw County’s “Trash to Treasure” guide or Recycle Ann Arbor's A to Z Guide.

Organic/Yard Waste for Composting  The city has a weekly compost/yard waste pick-up for city residents from April to mid-December. More information about composting options and tips visit the city's compost webpage

  • Consider composting some vegetative food and yard waste at home if that is an option for you.  Vermicomposting (with worms) is another home composting option. The city usually hosts an annual worm bin workshop.

  • Meat, oil, bones, grease, dairy products, etc. should never be placed in home compost or in city-issued compost carts because these items can spread bacteria and illness, attract pests, and can cause odor problems.

Home Toxics and Hazardous Waste such as pesticides, cleansers, polishers, fertilizers, home repair products (e.g. solvents), mercury thermometers, motor oil, roofing tar, oil-based paint (cannot wash brushes with water), florescent light bulbs (CFLS), poisons, etc. More information is on the city's Household Toxics web page.

Medical Waste - Best source is Washtenaw County’s

  • Used needles/sharps can be put in your trash cart if stored in a sturdy, marked container which is sealed and placed inside a trash bag before being placed in the cart. Never place sharps in recycling carts or loose in the trash.

  • Other home medical waste can be placed in trash bags inside your cart.

  • Commercial medical locations including hospitals, clinics, dental offices, and pharmacies may not put medical waste into the trash and are regulated by the state for disposal options.

  • Check with your pharmacy to see if they have a free sharps collection program.  This is the safest option.

  • Unused medicine and drugs can be brought to some pharmacies for proper disposal.  Please call your pharmacy to see if it participates in a drug take-back program.  Do NOT flush drugs.

  • People with home health services should check with their visiting nurse for handling medical wastes.

  • CAT ALERT: People with cats that have received radioactive treatment for a thyroid condition MUST follow their vet instructions and postpone disposal of waste and litter for at least one week.


Alkaline (single-use, primary) batteries can be placed in your regular household waste (trash) to be landfilled. Rechargeable batteries (including cell-phone and laptop batteries) should be recycled by bringing to an authorized recycler.  Automotive (lead-acid) batteries also should be recycled by bringing to an authorized recycler.  For more information please refer to the city’s Battery Disposal web page.

Light Bulbs

All residential light-bulbs are currently allowed in landfills in Michigan and can be placed in your trash cart, however taking the step to recycle your flourescent bulbs is much appreciated. More information is available on the Light Bulb Disposal web page


Michigan has an electronic waste take back law, requiring all manufacturers to establish free and convenient take back programs to ensure that all televisions, computers, and printers used by consumers are fully recycled at the end of their useful lives. Electronics contain heavy metals and other toxic substances and should not be placed in your trash or recycling receptacles.

  • Visit the MDEQ website for a list of brands sold in Michigan and their take back programs.

  • MDEQ also provides an informational pdf about electronic equipment recycling.

  • Recycle Ann Arbor’s Drop-Off Station accepts many electronics (there may be a fee)

  • Many stores will take back electronics with the purchase of a new one.

  • Some stores, such as Best Buy, take back many electronics for free recycling

  • Goodwill Industries (Saline location) accept computers for recycling.

Textiles (scrap, not reusable)

  • Goodwill Industries is a large recycler of scrap textiles nationally.  Scrap textiles must be clean and dry.  There is no Goodwill currently in Ann Arbor, but textiles may be dropped-off at the Saline location.

  • U.S. Flags which are worn, tattered, or torn should be disposed of following the U.S. Flag Code: "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

Bulky Items/Furniture/Appliances

Contact a private waste hauler or reuse operation to handle household bulky waste such as old refrigerators, unwanted sofas, rolls of carpeting, etc.  Freon must be removed before disposal.  Discuss recycling practices with your hauler.  Some options for private waste haulers are listed on the Bulky Waste Disposal Options web page.

Reusable Items Ann Arbor has many nonprofit resale/donation centers as well as consignment/resale shops.  Please confirm with the individual location for what items they accept.  Some locations are listed on the city's Reuse Options web page.

Building Waste (C&D)

Small quantities of building materials such as painted wood, pane glass, mirrors, flooring, etc., may be placed inside the trash carts as long as the refuse does not stick out above the top of the cart and the overall cart weight does not exceed the maximum cart weight limit. NO asbestos.  Any sawdust placed in trash carts must be bagged.  For larger items, refer to the Bulky Waste Disposal Options web page.  For home toxics, refer to the Household Toxics web page


Super Recyclers Recycling Guide                                                         

This is an excruciating specific recycling guide for super recyclers.  Not designed for the faint of heart!  The following list has been compiled to satisfy the curiosity and needs of Super Recyclers--those hearty individuals who crave to know the full story of recycling, beyond the basic recycling guidelines. 

Glass -- only glass food and beverage bottles and jars, all colors.  Must be empty and clean.  Labels are ok.  NO plate glass, eyeglasses, drinking glasses, lab glass, soda lime or pipette glass, mirrors, ceramics, Pyrex, etc.

Baby Food Jars

Glass baby food jars are acceptable.  They must be empty and clean.  Labels are OK.  Metal lids are ok; leave lids separated from jars.

Ketchup Bottles

Plastic and glass ketchup bottles are accepted.  Labels are OK.  Must be empty and clean.  Metal lids are ok; leave lids separated from bottles.  NO plastic lids.

Wine Bottles

Glass wine bottles are accepted (any color).  Must be empty and clean.  Labels are OK. NO corks.

Papers -- Newspaper, magazines, catalogues, glossy fillers or mailers, junk mail, any envelopes (including those with windows), wrapping paper, telephone books, paper bags, milk cartons, freezer food boxes, flattened boxes, corrugated cardboard, boxboard, office paper, etc. are all accepted. Shredded paper should be placed in a clear plastic bag.  Remove spiral bindings.  NO tissue paper or tissue products. NO hand towels or napkins.  NO paper cups or paper plates.  NO paper heavily colored with crayon. NO stickers or sticker-backing paper.


Only paperback books are acceptable.  NO hardcover books; they contain unwanted materials in their covers and glue.


Cardboard boxes should be flattened, empty and clean.  Do not wedge in recycling carts because wedge items may prevent proper collection.  NO “waxy” cardboard, such as produce boxes, are allowed.

Cereal Boxes

Cereal boxes (chipboard) are acceptable.  NO cereal bags.



Chipboard/boxboard such as cereal boxes or memo pad backs is accepted.

Egg Cartons


Cardboard/paper and plastic egg cartons are acceptable.  NO Styrofoam egg cartons.



Paper envelopes are accepted.  Plastic (film) windows are OK.  NO plastic-padded envelopes. NO Tyvek envelopes.

File Folders

Manila and other paper file folders are OK.

Freezer Food boxes

Some paper boxes which hold frozen food are accepted (e.g. Eggo waffles).  Must be empty and clean. Flatten boxes.  Only boxes which had NO direct contact with food.  For example, NO ice cream containers.

Glossy Paper

 Glossy paper such as magazine paper or advertisement paper is accepted.

Hanging Folders

To recycle paper hanging folders please remove the metal hangers and recycle ONLY the paper part.

Instruction Manuals

Paper instruction manuals are accepted.

Magazine Paper

Glossy paper such as magazine paper is accepted.


Paper maps are recyclable.  NO laminated, cloth or plastic maps.


Newspaper is accepted.  Does not need to be bundled.


Paper notebooks are accepted.  Metal spirals must be removed.  Chipboard memo pad backs are OK.

Office Paper

Office paper is accepted.  Small amounts of staples are OK.  If shredded, place in a clear plastic bag.  Bags of shredded paper will be opened by hand-sorters for proper paper sorting and bags will be disposed of.  NO laminated sheets.


Envelopes and paper are allowed, including envelopes with plastic windows.  Cardboard boxes must be flattened.  Shredded paper should be placed in clear plastic bags.  NO blister packs​.  NO padded envelopes.  NO packing peanuts (can be taken to many area shipping stores for reuse). NO plastic wrap, film or bags.


Paper Bags and Pouches


Paper bags are accepted.  NO plastic bags or handles.  Pouches can’t be lined with foil or plastic. 

Cardboard Tubes

Paper tubes from the inside of toilet tissue or paper towel rolls are accepted.  NO toilet tissue or paper towels.

Pizza Boxes

Cardboard pizza boxes are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  NO FOOD or food residue (can tear off non-affected parts and recycle those).


Paper receipts and receipt paper are accepted.

Shredded Paper

Shredded paper must be placed in clear plastic bags for recycling.  Plastic bags full of shredded paper will be opened by hand-sorters on the line.  Paper will be sorted and the plastic bag will be discarded.

Spiral Notebooks

Metal spirals in notebooks should be removed before paper notebooks are placed in recycling carts.

Wrapping Paper

Non-metallic and non-plastic wrapping paper is accepted.

Metals -- steel food and beverage containers, metal lids, pots, pans, metal trays, beverage cans, empty aerosol cans, trays, pie plates, clean foil, metal bake ware, cookie sheets, toasters, metal utensils, etc. is acceptable.  Must be less than 1 cu. ft. and weigh less than 20 lbs. per piece. Must be empty and clean.

Aerosol Cans, Empty

Aerosol cans must be completely empty or could cause injury during collecting or sorting.  Partially filled aerosol cans may be taken to Washtenaw County’s Home Toxics Center

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil should be clean and free of food or grease.  It is preferable to receive aluminum foil wadded into a tennis ball size and shape, but not required. 


Plastic and metal bottles are acceptable.  Metal lids are OK.  Labels are OK.  NO plastic caps or lids.  NO motor oil containers.

Bottle Caps

ONLY metal bottle caps are acceptable.  NO plastic bottle caps.


Steel, tin and aluminum cans are all acceptable.  Must be empty and clean.  Labels are OK.

Coffee Cans

Metal coffee cans and plastic coffee cans (e.g. Folgers) are OK.  Must be empty and clean.  Plastic containers must be marked as a #1, #2, or #4-7 plastic.  NO plastic lids.

Cookie Sheets

Metal cookie sheets are accepted.  Must be clean.


Metal cutlery and other utensils are acceptable as scrap metal.  Must be clean.  NO plastic cutlery


Metal keys are accepted as a scrap metal.

Metal Caps

Metal caps, such as beer bottle caps, are accepted.

Metal Lids

Metal lids, such as soup can lids, are accepted.  If possible, please place metal lid inside metal can (only if body is also metal).

Metal Scrap

Metal scrap is acceptable.  Must be less than 1 cu ft and weigh less than 20lbs.

Pet Food Cans

Metal pet food cans are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  Metal lids are OK and please place inside can if possible.

Pie Plates

Metal pie plates are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.

Pots and Pans

Metal pots and pans are OK.  Must be empty and clean.  Teflon is OK.  NO ceramics or Pyrex.

Water Bottles

Stainless steel and aluminum water bottles are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  Plastic “rings” under caps are OK.  Labels are OK.  NO caps or lids.

Plastics #1, #2, and #4-7 in a tub, cup, jug or bottle shape and bulky plastics are accepted.  NO lids, straws, bags, films, cellophane etc.  NO #3 plastic. NO biodegradable/compostable plastic (e.g. PLA).  NO Styrofoam. NO rubber. NO motor oil or bottles that have held toxic substance. To find out more about plastic resin codes (#s) check out

Berry Baskets

Plastic “berry baskets” are usually a #1 plastic (should be marked) and can be recycled.  These can be clear, colored, or ‘hard mesh.’ Labels and attached lids are OK.

Big Wheels Large, plastic toys such as Big Wheels, and large plastic play places are recyclable as a bulky plastic if they fit in your cart.  Do not wedge in cart.  NO small toys, action figures, etc.


Plastic and metal bottles are acceptable.  Metal lids are OK.  Labels are OK.  NO plastic caps or lids.  NO motor oil containers.

Bulky Plastics

Bulky plastics such as laundry hampers, plastic lawn furniture,  plastic buckets, plastic milk crates, Big Wheels, plastic pet carriers, plastic garbage cans (empty and clean), etc. are acceptable for recycling if they fit in your cart.  Bulky plastics should not be wedged in your cart because wedged items will prevent proper collection.  Commercial and industrial plastic pallets, shelving, parts purge, etc. are also acceptable.  NO #3 plastics (Polyvinylchloride, e.g. PVC pipe).

Carry-Out Boxes

Clean and empty plastic (#1) carry-out boxes are acceptable.  Attached lids are ok. NO Styrofoam or paper containers.


Cleaner Bottles

Plastic household cleaner bottles are acceptable.  Must be marked as a #1, #2, or #4-7 plastic.  NO spray tops, tubing, and/or caps.  Bottles must be empty and clean.  Labels are OK.


Plastic party cups, such as Solo cups, are accepted.  NO paper cups (they are lined with wax or plastic).  NO glass cups. Must be clean.

Detergent Bottles

Plastic detergent bottles are acceptable.  Must be marked as #1, #2, or #4-7 plastic.  Bottles must be empty and clean.  Labels are OK.

Dishwashing Soap bottles

Plastic soap bottles are acceptable.  Must be marked as a #1, #2, or #4-7 plastic.  Bottles must be empty and clean.  Labels are OK

Egg Cartons

Cardboard/paper and plastic egg cartons are acceptable.  NO Styrofoam egg cartons.

Flower Pots and Trays

RIGID, heavy plastic flower pots and trays are acceptable.  Must be clean.  Hangers should be removed from hanging baskets. NO cell-packs (flimsy, thin, possible to tear).

Frozen Concentrated Juice Containers

Plastic frozen concentrated juice containers (cylinders) are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  NO lids.


Plastic laundry hampers are acceptable as a bulky plastic.  Do not wedge in cart as wedged items may prevent proper collection.

Ketchup Bottles

Plastic and glass ketchup bottles are accepted.  Labels are OK.  Must be empty and clean. NO lids.

Kitty Litter Bucket

Rigid kitty litter buckets and other buckets are accepted as a bulky plastic.  Labels are OK.  Must be empty and clean.  Metal handles are OK.

Laundry Hamper

Plastic laundry hampers are acceptable as a bulky plastic.  Do not wedge in cart as wedged items may prevent proper collection.

Lawn Furniture

Plastic lawn furniture is acceptable as a bulky plastic.  Do not wedge in cart as wedged items may prevent proper collection.

Milk Crates

Plastic milk crates are accepted as a bulky plastic.  Do not wedge in cart as wedged items may prevent proper collection.

Milk Jugs

Plastic milk jugs (#2) are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  Labels are OK.  NO lids.

Nalgene Bottles

Reusable plastic water bottles such as Nalgene bottles are accepted.  Stainless steel water bottles are also accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  NO lids, straws or caps.

Pet Carriers

Plastic pet carriers are as accepted bulky plastic.  Must be clean.  Must fit in cart.  Do not wedge in cart as wedged items may prevent proper collection.

Plastic Cups (e.g. Solo)

Cold drink cups such as Solo cups (#1 plastic) are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.

Plastic Drums, industrial

Must fit in cart.  Must be empty and clean.  NO drums which held hazardous materials or motor oil.

Plastic Pallets


Plastic Shelving


Pudding Packs

Pudding and gelatin single-served sized plastic containers (e.g. Snack Paks) are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  NO lids.

Purge Plastics, industrial

You must contact the city directly to determine if industrial plastic scrap is appropriate for placing in the recycling bins or recycling dumpsters on a regular basis. Small quantities of purge plastics s/be placed in the trash.

Rigid Plastic Containers

Rigid plastic containers such as storage totes, marked #1, #2 or #4-7 are accepted.  Must fit in cart.  Do not wedge in cart as wedged items may prevent proper collection.

Shampoo Bottles

Plastic shampoo and other toiletry bottles are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  Labels are OK.  NO lids.

Soap Containers

Plastic liquid soap containers are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  Labels are OK.  NO lids, pumps, or tubes.

Solo Cups

Plastic cold-drink cups such as Solo cups (#1) are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.

Tofu Trays

Plastic molded tofu trays (#2 plastics) are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  NO lids.


Plastic totes and bins are accepted as bulky plastics.  Must be empty and clean.  Must fit in cart.  Do not wedge items in cart as wedge items may prevent proper collection.


Plastic tubs (butter tubs, yogurt tubs, etc.) are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  NO lids.

Vitamin Bottles

Plastic vitamin bottles are OK.  Must be empty and clean.  NO lids.

Water Bottles

Plastic water bottles (#1) are accepted.  Stainless steel and reusable plastic water bottles are also accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  Plastic “rings” under caps are OK.  Labels are OK.  NO caps or lids.

Yogurt Containers

Sturdy plastic yogurt containers are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  NO lids.

Aseptics (Cartons) -- Aseptic containers such as milk cartons, juice boxes, etc. are mostly paper and are accepted.  They must be empty and clean. NO lids or caps. More about aseptic containers at  Cartons are mainly made from paper in the form of paperboard, as well as thin layers of polyethylene (plastic). The shelf stable ones have also a thin layer of aluminum.

Boxed Wine



Cartons such as milk cartons or juice boxes are aseptic containers.  They are acceptable.  Must be empty and clean

Juice Box


Milk Cartons

Milk cartons are aseptic containers and are accepted.  Must be empty and clean.  NO plastic lids.

Soup carton


Mixed Materials and OtherMixed materials must be deconstructed before recycling.


Metal parts of unusable bicycles can be recycled.  Each piece must weigh less than 20lbs and be less than 1 cu. ft.

Blender Bottoms

Household blender bottoms that are mostly metal are acceptable for recycling as a scrap metal.

Car Seats

Only the large, hard plastic parts and metal pieces are recyclable.  Please refer to this hand-out for how to deconstruct the car seat for recycling.


Metal toasters are accepted as scrap metal.  Must be clean.  Plastic cord is OK.  Must be smaller than 1 cu. ft and weigh less than 20lbs.

Vacuum Cleaner (Plastic Sides)

Disassembled plastic sides of vacuum cleaners are accepted in our program.  They must be clean.  Other Vacuum pieces are NOT accepted.


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