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Blue recycle bin

Recycle

Plastic bags, plastic wrap
You can now recycle clean plastic bags. Collect bags inside a plastic bag and put in your blue recycling bin.
Paper coffee cups
Put cup, sleeve, and plastic lid in blue bin. Make sure cup is empty of liquid before recycling.
Milk cartons, juice cartons
Paper cartons now go in the blue bin. Empty contents.
Ice cream containers
Empty ice cream containers now go in the blue bin. Lids okay too.
Soy milk or soup cartons
Cartons (aseptic containers) now go in the blue bin. Make sure carton is empty of liquid before recycling.
Paper cups
Recycle paper cups and sleeves.
Newspapaer for recycling
Newspapers, magazines
Put cereal box in blue recycling bin
Cereal boxes
Remove plastic lining (if any) and put lining into a plastic bag and into blue bin.
Junk mail for recycling
Junk mail, phone books
Glossy paper okay.
Paper bag for recycling
Paper bags
Clean, not greasy or food-stained.
Egg carton for recycling
Egg cartons
Paper and plastic egg cartons okay. No polystyrene foam.
Put construction paper in blue recycling bin
Packing paper, craft paper
recycle paper envelopes
Envelopes
Envelopes with plastic okay.
put ice cream cups, containers, and lid in the blue recycle bin
Ice cream containers
Make sure container is empty. Lids okay.
Shredded paper
Place in sealed paper bag, label “shredded paper.”
Paper soup cup in blue bin
Paper soup cup
Empty contents.
Flatten cardboard to recycle
Cardboard
Break down boxes, put in recycle bin.
Put cardboard tubes in blue bin
Cardboard tubes
Put empty food packaging in the blue bin
Cardboard food packaging
Put empty cardboard boxes in the blue bin
aluminum tray and foil in recycle bin
Aluminum containers & trays
Make aluminum foil into ball to recycle
Aluminum foil
Clean foil, no food. Make foil into ball.
Recycle soup cans
Cans
Empty contents. Aluminum, steel, or tin.
Recycle empty spray can
Spray cans & bottles
Empty contents.
Recycle bottle caps
Bottle caps
Jar lids
Scrap Metal
Small metal household items (scrap metal such as broken pots & pans, not appliances or electronics)

Empty contents before recycling.

Empty plastic bottle with lid on for blue bin
Plastic bottles
Plastic cups for recycling
Plastic cups, plates
No polystyrene foam. If labeled "compostable," put in green bin.
Plastic coffee lid for recycling
Plastic coffee cup lids
recycle plastic clamshells
Plastic clamshells
recycle food containers
Food containers
Put empty plastic tubs and lids in the blue bin.
Plastic tubs & lids
Plastic toys
No mixed materials, electronics, metal or batteries.
CDs/DVDs
Plastic bucket
Wire handle okay.
Plastic bags, plastic wrap
Collect clean plastics and place inside a plastic bag in your blue recycling bin.
Newspaper bag
Put newspaper bags inside a single plastic bag and into blue bin.
Air pillow
Put deflated air pillows inside a single plastic bag and into blue bin.
Glass bottle and the metal cap in the blue recycle bin
Glass bottles
Empty contents. Metal caps & lids okay. No broken glass.
Glass jar blue recycle bin
Glass jars
Empty contents.
soy milk aseptic cartons in blue recycle bin
Soy milk or soup cartons
Empty contents.
recycle juice boxes
Juice boxes
Empty contents.
milk carton in blue recycle bin
Milk cartons, juice cartons
Empty contents.
Put empty containers and the lid in the blue bin
Soup box
Put empty containers and the lid in the blue bin
Fabric
If reusable, visit RecycleWhere. If not, put clean fabric in a clear bag, then in blue bin. Rips, holes, single socks okay. No shoes or belts.
Green compost bin

Compost

Put food scraps in compost
Food scraps, spoiled food
Leftovers in compost bin
Spoiled leftovers
compost coffee grounds and paper filter
Coffee grounds, coffee filter
compost eggs and eggshells
Eggs, eggshells
Compost meat including bones
Meat (including bones)
Compost seafood, including shell
Seafood (including shellfish and shells)
Compost paper tea bags and paper wrappers
Tea bags
Paper only
compost paper take-out containers
Paper boxes
Put greasy pizza box in the green bin
Greasy pizza boxes
Put compostable take out food boxes in the green bin
Paper take-out box
Paper take-out clamshell in green bin
Paper clamshells
compost used paper plates
Paper plates
compost used paper towels
Paper towels
compost tissues
Tissues
compost used napkin
Napkins, greasy paper bags
compost tree branch small
Branches, shrubs & twigs
Break branches down to fit in bin.
Tree and bush trimmings go in the green compost bin
Tree trimmings
Cut to less than 4 feet long & 6 inches wide.
compost flowers
Flowers & floral trimmings
Grass and weeds go in the green compost bin
Grass, weeds
compost leaves
Leaves
Corks, natural
If plastic, put in blue bin.
Wood
Nothing painted, stained, or treated. No plywood or pressboard.
Wood chopsticks, coffee stirrers, toothpicks
Small pieces of wood break down in the compost over time.
Put wood popsicle stick in the green bin
Popsicle stick
Feathers
No synthetic fibers.
Put cotton balls in green bin
Cotton balls & swabs
Toss used cotton balls & swabs in green bin. No swabs with plastic stems.
Put natural hair in the green bin.
Hair
Natural hair only. Donate hair to Clean Wave.
Fur from cats, dogs, etc.
compost compostable bags and utensils
Compostable bags
Item must be labeled "compostable."
Waxy cardboard goes in the green compost bin
Waxy cardboard, wax paper
compost compostable cup
Compostable cups, plates, bowls, utensils
Item must be labeled "compostable."
Black landfill bin

Landfill

polystyrene foam in black landfill bin
Polystyrene foam blocks
Recycle polystyrene foam at the public dump (Recology's transfer station).
polystyrene foam in black landfill bin
Polystyrene foam peanuts
Recycle polystyrene foam at the public dump (Recology's transfer station).
polystyrene foam in black landfill bin
Polystyrene foam cups
Recycle polystyrene foam at the public dump (Recology's transfer station).
Dog or cat poop, kitty litter
For health and safety, always put in the black bin.
Put empty tubes of toothpaste and ointment in the black bin.
Toothpaste tubes
Empty plastic tubes of toothpaste, cream, or ointment
put tampons in the black bin
Tampons
Put menstrual pads in the black bin.
Pads (menstrual/sanitary)
Diaper in black landfill
Diapers
Coffee bags
Bags for coffee beans have a plastic liner fused to paper. Large to-go foil bags (inside coffee boxes) have mixed materials. Put in black bin.
Padded envelope
Paper envelope with bubble wrap inside
Put used disposable razors in the black bin
Disposable razor
Put disposable cold packs (plastic filled with a gooey substance) in the black bin.
Disposable ice packs
Disposable ice packs (plastic filled with a gooey substance) are difficult to recycle and go in the black bin.
latex glove in black landfill bin
Latex & rubber gloves
Shiny mylar bags black landfill bin
Shiny wrappers
Shiny wrappers (potato chip bags, protein & candy bars) cannot be recycled. They include multiple materials fused together.
Broken pottery goes in the black landfill bin
Broken pottery
Broken glass
Broken ceramics go in the black bin.
Broken ceramics
no bin

No bin

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Hazardous chemicals
Many common household products (cleaners, detergents, pest sprays, etc.) may contain toxic chemicals. Contact Recology.
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Chemical sprays, liquids & powders
Many common household products (cleaners, detergents, pest sprays, etc.) may contain toxic chemicals. Contact Recology.
Art supplies
Art supplies may contain hazardous chemicals which must not go in any bin. Contact Recology.
take batteries to drop-off location
Batteries
Put household batteries (AA, A, etc.) into clear plastic bag on top of landfill bin. If lithium ("Li" or "Lithium"), tape over battery contacts.
Donate
Check RecycleWhere for reuse & recycling options for clothing, shoes and other items in usable condition.