Why Recycle? | Guide to Preparing Materials
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
Broken glass bottles or jars
|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
Aluminum siding or window frames
Certain Plastic "Bottles"
|Plastic food, beverage
and detergent bottles with a
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.|