Curbside recycling | What should be Recycled?

Curbside recycling service is now available in most US cities and suburbs. Recyclable materials are collected by local government employees or by licensed private firms. Curbside collection requirements vary from city to city and the local government determines what should be recycled and what should not be recycled. Check with your local government agencies for more information. We are giving general information about the list of items that can be recycled.

What should be recycled?

A general list of items that can be recycled

  • Newspapers
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Telephone books
  • Soft Cover Books
  • Junk Mail and Envelopes (all types)
  • Paper
  • Paperboard
  • Cereal boxes Empty and flattened
  • Cardboard boxes Empty and flattened
  • Plastic Bottles (#1-#7 Plastic)
  • Glass Bottles/Jars
  • Metal Cans (tin/steel/aluminum)

What types of items cannot be recycled?

  • Metal: pots and pans
  • Glass: Light bulbs, window glass
  • Ceramic Pots
  • Paper towels/napkins
  • Wax-coated cups or containers
  • Food-soiled papers or pizza boxes
  • Plastic: Plastic grocery bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Chemicals
  • Rubber
  • Wood
  • PVC pipe
  • Peanuts (packaging inserts)