Why Recycle?  |  Guide to Preparing Materials

What Can and Can't Be Recycled

Not everything we throw away can be recycled.  By knowing what can and can't be recycled, you can help avoid contamination problems and ensure that your community's recycling program is a success.



Glass Bottles and Jars

All clear, green and brown food and beverage containers.
Examples:  soda, juice, beer, wine bottles; salad dressing, pickle, mayonnaise jars, etc...
Drinking glasses, cups, plates, cookware, pottery, etc
Window or mirror glass
Light bulbs
Broken glass bottles or jars
Metal Cans
All aluminum and tin food and beverage cans
Examples:  soda, beer and juice cans; pet food, tuna and vegetable cans.

CLEAN aluminum foul products such as TV dinner trays, pie plates and aluminum foil wrap.

Pots and pans, kitchen utensils, etc.
Automotive parts
Aerosol cans
Aluminum siding or window frames
Propane tanks

Certain Plastic "Bottles"

Plastic food, beverage and detergent bottles with a or recycling symbol.
Examples:  milk, soda, water and juice bottles; dish soap, laundry detergent and bleach bottles.
Bottles that contain automotive or chemical products such as motor oul, antifreeze, brake fluid, pesticides, etc.

Plastic toys or kitchen utensils; plastic bags; Styrofoam containers; microwave plates

Other or recycling containers that are not "bottles", such as margarine, yogurt and ice cream tubs (these containers melt at a different point than bottles and are considered a contaminant.


All newspapers Cardboard, magazines, office paper, etc.