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Recycle chart

Dos and don'ts

Those recycling icons at the bottom of bottles, cans, boxes, containers and other used goods tend to get a little confusing when it comes to what to recycle and how. Use the Recycle Chart to determine what materials are safe to recycle and which should be trashed.
Dos and don'ts Dos and don'ts
Dos and don'ts
  • aluminum cans
  • tin, steel and bi-metal cans
  • aerosol cans, empty and without pressure
  • metal lids from jars, cans and bottles
  • metal food trays

  • aluminum foil
  • pie pans
  • scrap metal
  • foil juice bags
  • coat hangers
  • propane tanks

Dos and don'ts
  • plastic bottles (must remove caps, pumps, sprayers and lids
  • milk containers
  • drink bottles
  • cleaning product and bleach bottles
  • shampoo and bubble bath bottles

  • plastic bags
  • plastic wrap
  • plastic bottle tops
  • plastic cups
  • packing peanuts
  • motor oil or pool chemical containers
  • styrofoam
  • clear food containers
  • plastic egg boxes
  • photos or film
  • plastic toys
  • medical supplies
  • large plastic items
  • pesticides and herbicides
  • garden plastics and flower pots
  • food storage and microwave containers
  • solvent, paint and adhesive containers
  • yogurt and margarine tubs

IMPORTANT NOTE: Plastic bags get caught in the equipment used for recycling, so never recycle plastic bags. Instead, recycle bags at your local grocery stores.

Dos and don'ts
  • milk cartons
  • juice containers
  • newspaper and inserts
  • magazines
  • junk mail
  • office paper
  • telephone books and catalogs
  • cardboard (flattened)
  • cartonboard such as cereal boxes and 6-pack cartons
  • brown paper bags
  • egg cartons paperboard only
  • shredded paper
  • frozen food packaging
  • soft cover books

  • waxy cardboard or paper ice cream containers
  • pizza boxes
  • towel or tissue rolls
  • rubber bands
  • plastic wrap from newspapers
  • photos
  • remove plastic and foil from cereal boxes
  • blue print paper
  • cardboard saturated with poultry or meat juices
  • packing material
  • bar soap or detergent bottles

Dos and don'ts
  • glass food and beverage containers (don't need to remove labels)
  • wine bottles
  • clear, green or amber in color glass jars (don't need to remove labels)
  • glass food and beverage containers (don't need to remove labels)
  • clear, green or amber in color glass jars (don't need to remove labels)

  • window glass or mirrors
  • incandescent or fluorescent bulbs
  • dishware or ceramics
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