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How to sort materials for RECYCLING

YES – RECYCLE
(not in plastic bags)

NO - Can’t recycle these

Paper-Clean paper Only; staples ok. Windowed envelopes ok

Newspaper, inserts, junk mail
Magazines, paper backs, phone books
White and colored paper
Shredded paper-put in paper bag
Boxboard (cereal boxes, for example)
Clean pizza boxes (no grease or food)
Corrugated cardboard (Flattened)

NO food stains or residue
NO beer or soda cartons, butter,
NO margarine boxes (waxy cartons)
NO used paper towels, cups, plates
NO glossy boxes--white strands show when torn (frozen food boxes)
NO take-out containers, blueprints
NO copy paper packaging
NO dirtied paper (pet waste, paint)
NO Tyvek or padded envelopes
NO stickers and sticker paper
NO hardcover books

Plastics Only containers than 2 gallons Empty and rinse Discard caps in trash

Beverage bottles & jugs: soda, water, juice
Personal care bottles: shampoo, soap, etc.
Detergent bottles
Food containers: margarine, yogurt, etc.

NO plastic bags or dry cleaning bags
NO vinyl siding, PVC, or construction materials
NO Styrofoam (polystyrene), egg cartons, “packing peanuts
NO meat, cheese, deli or cookie trays, berry cartons
NO bubble wrap, plastic wrap, heat shrink wrap, foam packing
NO cups, plates, utensils, straws, or polyvinyl sheeting
NO photographic film, tarps, black plastic or flower pots
NO microwave trays or containers
NO bottles that contained motor oil, anti-freeze, pesticides, pool chemicals or other hazardous substances
NO clothes baskets, plastic bins, indoor/outdoor patio furniture
NO swimming pools, hoses, tubing, pails or buckets
NO VCR, CD cases

Aluminum– Empty & Rinse

Cans
Foil pie pans

NO food residue
NO siding or construction materials or scrap
NO foil wrapped beverage pouches

Steel (tin) cans – Empty & Rinse
Labels are OK

Food and beverage cans
Pet food cans

NO food residue
NO hangers or scrap metal
NO pots & pans or appliances
NO toys
NO aerosol spray cans or paint cans
NO car parts or fuel tanks

Glass–Empty & Rinse. Discard lids in trash. Labels are OK

ONLY Food & Beverage Bottles and Jars—such as juice, pop & soda, water bottles, beer & wine bottles and food jars

Glass may be clear or colored (amber, green, blue)

NO food residue
NO ceramics, baking dishes, drinking NO glasses, cookware (Pyrex),
NO coffee mugs, milk glass
NO plate glass, windshields, windows, NO art glass, eye glasses, wine corks, NO mirrors, vases
NO light bulbs or fluorescent lights
NO medicine bottles

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