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Recyclable Materials

What can be recycled?

Households are required to recycle. Plastics #1-7 and some metals are recyclable. Check the table below for examples on what to put in your recycle bin!

Do Recycle These

Plastic bottles, jugs, and jars (lids/caps accepted) Newspapers, magazines, glass and metal containers
Tubs, pails, buckets, lids, caps Corrugated cardboard
Plastic microwave food trays "Gable-top" cartons and drink boxes
Durable/reusable containers and lids (i.e. Tupperware) Empty aerosol cans
Plastic plant pots/containers Telephone books
Broken laundry baskets Clean paper i.e. junk mail, cereal/shoe boxes, books
Non-Styrofoam takeout "clamshells" EMPTY steel/tin cans
Plastic utensils- forks, knives, spoons EMPTY aluminum cans/bottles
"Blister" packaging from products Durable kitchen cookware (pots, pans, lids)
CD jewel cases Non-durable aluminum foil and foilware (pie pans, roast pans,etc)
License plates (cut in half or permanently defaced) Metal lids caps (from glass bottles/jars)

Don't Recycle These

Batteries Non-rinsed/dirty items
Styrofoam i.e. takeout "clamshells," egg cartons, cups Plastic bags/product wrap (bring these back to stores that take them)
Containers that held hazardous material (pesticide, pool chemicals, antifreeze, motor oil, etc) Metal utensils- forks, knives, ladles, etc
Prescription bottles Large scrap metal, metal paint cans, propane tanks

What's the Best Way to Fill my Recycle Box?

Did you know that your collector sorts your recyclables before he throws them onto the truck? Organizing your recycle box can make City recycling run a lot smoother!

The best way is to place your papers, flattened cardboard, and magazines on the bottom of the box and place the containers on top of the paper. You can even put two paper shopping bags in your boxes- one to hold paper, the other to hold containers- to make a clear separation of items and ease the sorting time at the truck.

If you have flattened cardboard that is too big to be placed in the box, it is fine to place it under the box so it doesn’t blow away. Flattened cardboard should be cut in lengths no longer that 4’ and if there is more than ½ cubic yard, should be bundled and tied.

If you have containers that can be flattened (milk jugs, juice containers), doing so will save room in the trucks!

Need Help?

Call 311 (outside the city call 585-428-5990) for more information.

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