What goes where?

aluminum tray and foil in recycle bin
Aluminum containers & trays
Recycle
Aluminum foil
Make foil into ball. No food.
Recycle
No bin
Art supplies
Art supplies may contain hazardous chemicals which must not go in any bin. Contact Recology.
No bin
Batteries
Put household batteries (AA, A, etc.) into a clear plastic bag on top of black bin. If lithium ("Li" or "Lithium"), tape over battery contacts.
No bin
No bin
Recycle bottle caps
Bottle caps
Recycle
Branches, shrubs, twigs
Break branches down to fit in green bin.
Compost
Broken ceramics go in the black bin.
Broken ceramics
Landfill
Broken glass
Landfill
Broken pottery goes in the black landfill bin
Broken pottery
Landfill
Cans (empty)
Aluminum, steel, or tin.
Recycle
Cardboard
Break down boxes.
Recycle
Cardboard food packaging
Recycle
Put cardboard tubes in blue bin
Cardboard tubes
Recycle
CDs, DVDs
Recycle
Cereal boxes
Remove plastic lining (if any) and bundle with plastic bags.
Recycle
Chemical sprays, liquids & powders
Many common household products (cleaners, detergents, pest sprays, etc.) may contain toxic chemicals. Contact Recology.
No bin
Coffee bags
Bags for coffee beans have a plastic liner fused to paper. Large to-go foil bags (inside coffee boxes) have mixed materials.
Landfill
compost coffee grounds and paper filter
Coffee grounds, coffee filter
Compost
compost compostable bags and utensils
Compostable bags
Item must be labeled "compostable."
Compost
compost compostable cup
Compostable cups, plates, bowls, utensils
Item must be labeled "compostable."
Compost
No bin
Corks, natural
If plastic, put in blue bin.
Compost
Cotton balls, swabs
No plastic stems.
Compost
Diaper in black landfill
Diapers
Landfill
Disposable ice packs
Disposable ice packs (plastic filled with a gooey substance) are difficult to recycle.
Reuse when possible. If your ice pack came with a meal delivery kit, contact the meal kit provider to see if they have a take-back program.
Landfill
Disposable razors
Landfill
Dog or cat poop, kitty litter
For health and safety, always put in the black bin.
Landfill
Donate
Check RecycleWhere.org for reuse and recycling options for clothing, shoes and other items in usable condition.
No bin
Egg carton for recycling
Egg cartons
Paper and plastic egg cartons okay. No polystyrene foam.
Recycle
compost eggs and eggshells
Eggs, eggshells
Compost
No bin
Envelopes
Envelopes with plastic window okay.
Recycle
Fabric
If reusable, visit RecycleWhere.org. If not, put clean fabric in a clear bag, then in blue bin. Rips, holes, single socks okay. No shoes or belts.
Recycle
Feathers
No synthetic fibers.
Compost
Flowers, floral trimmings
Compost
Food containers (empty)
Recycle
Put food scraps in compost
Food scraps, spoiled food
Compost
Fur from cats, dogs, etc.
Compost
Glass bottles (empty)
Metal caps, lids okay.
Recycle
Glass jars (empty)
Recycle
Grass and weeds go in the green compost bin
Grass, weeds
Compost
Put greasy pizza box in the green bin
Greasy pizza boxes
Compost
Hair
Natural hair only. Donate hair to Clean Wave.
Compost
Hazardous chemicals
Many common household products (cleaners, detergents, pest sprays, etc.) may contain toxic chemicals. Contact Recology.
No bin
Ice cream containers (empty)
Lids okay.
Recycle
Ice cream containers (empty)
Lids okay.
Recycle
Jar lids
Recycle
Juice boxes (empty)
Recycle
Junk mail for recycling
Junk mail, phone books
Glossy paper okay.
Recycle
Latex and rubber gloves
Landfill
compost leaves
Leaves
Compost
No bin
Landfill
Meat
Bones okay.
Compost
No bin
No bin
Milk cartons, juice cartons (empty)
Recycle
Milk cartons, juice cartons (empty)
Recycle
No bin
compost used napkin
Napkins, greasy paper bags
Compost
Newspapaer for recycling
Newspapers, magazines
Recycle
Put construction paper in blue recycling bin
Packing paper, craft paper
Recycle
Padded envelopes
Envelopes with plastic padding have mixed materials.
Landfill
Put menstrual pads in the black bin.
Pads (menstrual/sanitary)
Landfill
No bin
Paper bag for recycling
Paper bags
Clean, not greasy or food-stained.
Recycle
compost paper take-out containers
Paper boxes
Compost
Paper take-out clamshell in green bin
Paper clamshells
Compost
Paper coffee cups (empty)
Recycle empty cup, sleeve, and plastic lid.
Recycle
Paper coffee cups (empty)
Recycle empty cup, sleeve, and plastic lid.
Recycle
compost used paper plates
Paper plates
Compost
Paper soup cup (empty)
Recycle
Paper take-out boxes
Chopsticks okay.
Compost
compost used paper towels
Paper towels
Compost
Plastic bags, plastic wrap
Bundle clean, dry plastic inside one plastic bag. Newspaper bags, deflated bubble wrap and air pillows okay.
Recycle
Plastic bags, plastic wrap
Bundle clean, dry plastic inside one plastic bag.
Recycle
Plastic bottles (empty)
Recycle
Plastic bucket
Wire handle okay.
Recycle
Plastic clamshells (empty)
Recycle
Plastic coffee lid for recycling
Plastic coffee cup lids
Recycle
Plastic cups, plates (empty)
No polystyrene foam. If labeled "compostable," put in green bin.
Recycle
Plastic toys
No mixed materials, electronics, metal or batteries.
Recycle
Plastic tubs, lids (empty)
Recycle
Landfill
Polystyrene foam cups (Styrofoam™ cups)
Landfill
Landfill
Put wood popsicle stick in the green bin
Popsicle stick
Compost
Scrap Metal
Small metal household items (broken pots and pans, not appliances or electronics).
Recycle
Seafood
Shells okay.
Compost
Shiny food wrappers
Potato chip bags, protein and candy bar wrappers.
Landfill
Shredded paper
Place in sealed paper bag; label “shredded paper.”
Recycle
Soup boxes (empty)
Recycle
Soy milk cartons, soup cartons (empty)
Recycle
Soy milk cartons, soup cartons (empty)
Recycle
Leftovers in compost bin
Spoiled leftovers
Compost
Spray cans (empty)
Recycle
No bin
put tampons in the black bin
Tampons
Landfill
Tea bags
Paper only.
Compost
compost tissues
Tissues
Compost
Toothpaste tubes, cream, ointment (empty)
Landfill
No bin
Tree trimmings
Cut to less than 4 feet long and 6 inches wide.
Compost
Waxy cardboard goes in the green compost bin
Waxy cardboard, wax paper
Compost
Wood
Nothing painted, stained, or treated. No plywood or pressboard.
Compost
Wood chopsticks, coffee stirrers, toothpicks
Compost