Glass, Metal, Paper, & Plastic

Recyclables May Now Be Co-Mingled

The following may now be recycled together in the same blue recycling bag:

  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Plastics

Details on Acceptable Items

Glass

  • Glass Bottles and Jars (Clear, Green, Brown)

Metal

  • Clean Aluminum Foil or Pie Pans
  • Metal Lids

Paper

  • Catalogs
  • Chipboard (Cereal Boxes, Etc.)
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Gift, Shoe, and Toy Boxes
  • Glossy Ad Inserts
  • Greeting Cards, Gift Wrap (No Foil)
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Office, Computer, School Paper
  • Paperback Books
  • Shredded Canceled Checks, Junk Mail and Other Paper
    • Please note: Shredded paper can be placed in paper bags (regular grocery bags or Kraft bags) or plastic bags. However, regardless of the manner packaged, you must securely close the bag (tie, tape, etc.) and indicate in large letters on the bag "SHREDDED PAPER" and place it near the other recycling. This way the paper will not get blown around the neighborhood on windy days and will not be mistaken for yard waste or garbage by the collector.
  • Telephone Books

Preparing Paper Products for Recycling

 Remove all contaminants

  •     Food From Boxes
  •     Metal and Foil
  •     Plastic Bags, Bindings and Handles
  •     Spiral Bindings
  •     Styrofoam
  •     Waxed Paper and Bags

Containment & Bundling

  • All paper may be co-mingled; that is, placed in the same paper bag or small cardboard container (corrugated boxes, food item boxes, such cereal boxes or soft drink cartons).
  • Cardboard, newspaper, junk mail, magazines, etc. may also be bundled with string (no tape or wire).
  • Corrugated cardboard should be flattened and tied into bundles, or placed in a box.
  • If packing paper into a cardboard box, close the top to keep paper from blowing out and label Recycle. The maximum weight is 30 pounds, and the maximum size box is 2 feet by 2 feet. This rule applies to corrugated cardboard as well.
  • If using paper bags, pack tightly so nothing will fall out, or better yet, tie string around the paper.
  • Place all your recyclables (including glass, metal, paper, and plastic) on your tree lawn for collection on your regular collection day.
  • Telephone books are collected all year. Put them into the blue recycling bags on the regular collection day.

Plastic Items Accepted

Plastic bottles and containers numbered 1 through 7 are accepted for recycling. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • 1: Soft drink bottles, water bottles, peanut butter jars, window cleaner bottles, mouthwash bottles
  • 2: Laundry detergent bottles, windshield washer fluid bottles, coffee containers, milk jugs, butter tubs, medicine bottles
  • 3: Shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, hand soap bottles, Glad Ware container lids, and juice bottles
  • 4: Mustard bottles, margarine and ice cream tub tops, squeezable bottles
  • 5: Cool Whip containers, Glad Ware tubs, plastic flower pot containers, apple sauce cups, plastic cups
  • 6: Plastic cookie tray dishes, vegetable tub containers, take-away containers
  • 7: Orange juice plastic bottles, kid snack containers, some ketchup bottles

Gathering Glass, Metal and Plastic Together for Recycling

  • If using grocery store blue plastic bags, tie the bag handles together.
  • Place the bag on your tree lawn on your regular collection day. 
  • Recycling materials must be placed a few feet away from the trash to ensure the driver knows which bags are recyclables.
  • Please do not put out single small bags for each type of items you are recycling.
  • Recycle the listed acceptable items together in the same see-through (clear or blue) recycling bag.
  • We encourage you to rinse your recyclable containers to help reduce odors, insect attraction, liquid soiling of fiber (paper) products and rejection of containers at the recycling plant.