Here is what you can and cannot put in your recycling bin.
- Clean and dry paper, cardboard, milk and juice cartons, paper egg cartons, newspaper, magazines, junk mail (including envelopes with windows)
- Glass bottles and jars. (OK to leave lids on. No need to rinse, just scrape food off.)
- Metal cans, aluminum foil (rolled into a ball), small scrap metal
- Plastic containers numbered 1-7 (They actually only recycle plastic numbered 1 and 2 but can easily separate out the others and currently ask people to recycle numbers 3-7 in the hope that those plastics will become recyclable in the future.) Remove aluminum covers; from yogurt containers, for instance.
Do Not Recycle
- Styrofoam and bubble wrap
- Black plastic
- Plastic bags and plastic film (these get stuck in the sorting machinery)
- Any plastic container less than 2¼ inches in diameter such as clothes hangers, plastic straws, and prescription pill containers
- Nursery plant containers, plastic buckets and baskets
- Non-refrigerated liquid containers such as soy or almond milk, soup, broth, or juice containers (these boxes contain multiple layers of different materials)
- Ceramics, glassware, mirrors, window glass, broken glass (including bottles), light bulbs
- Cash register receipts, name tags and backing material, stamps and backing material