Question: What Items Can We Recycle?

Items that can be recycled:

  • Paper: office paper, magazines, newspapers and junk mail.
  • Cardboard.
  • Green, clear and brown glass bottles and jars.
  • Juice and milk cartons.
  • All plastic bottles and containers marked, but no lids please.
  • Steel (tin) and aluminium cans and empty aerosols.

Recyclable Household Items and Materials

  • Junk Mail and Cards. You can recycle most of the mail that comes into your home.
  • Books. Donate or sell any books that you no longer read.
  • Shredded Paper.
  • Ink Cartridges.
  • Disposable Plates and Cups.
  • CD and DVD Cases.
  • Cardboard.
  • Household Batteries.

Single stream recyclables, including all clean and dry paper items (newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail cardboard boxes, chip-board, office paper, and aseptic milk, juice and soup cartons); rinsed and empty plastic containers (# 1 through # 7, except Styrofoam); glass, steel and aluminum containers and cans, and The following items should not be placed into your recycling bin:

  • Any glass contaminated with stones, dirt, and food waste.
  • Ceramics, such as dishware, ovenware, and decorative items.
  • Heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex.
  • Mixed colors of broken glass.
  • Mirror or window glass.
  • Metal or plastic caps and lids.
  • Crystal.

Residents can help Phoenix improve its rate by recycling the right things: plastic bottles with the caps on; empty beverage cans; newspaper, junk mail and copy paper; plastic jugs; food jars; glass bottles; food cans; and cardboard and cartons.What’s In Your Recycle Cart, ABQ?

  • Cardboard.
  • Milk/Juice Boxes.
  • Food Boxes.
  • Household Jugs.
  • Junk Mail.
  • Paper Egg Cartons.
  • Newspaper.
  • Aluminum Cans.

Household items

  • Aluminum foil, clean: recycle.
  • Aluminum foil, dirty: garbage.
  • Cartons with plastic spouts: recycle.
  • Metal lids, 3 inches: recycle.
  • Credit cards: garbage.
  • Plastic bags: garbage.
  • Bottles for cleaning chemicals: recycle.
  • Bottles for hazardous chemicals: garbage.


  • Food waste.
  • Containers stained with food.
  • Light bulbs (see below)
  • Wet paper products.
  • Styrofoam (see below)
  • Plastic grocery bags (see below)
  • Waxed paper or cardboard.
  • Batteries (see below)
  • Large items (free junk pickup)
  • Household hazardous waste (batteries, sharps, CFLs, paint, propane tanks, thermometers, etc.)
  • Motor oil.
  • Electronics.
  • Medicine.
  • Unusual/hard to recycle items (trophies, pool tables, sports equipment, etc. ): Contact the Recycling Hotline at (408) 924-5453 or (800) 533-8414.

Recyclable items include glass, metal, rigid plastic, and beverage cartons (blue decal); and paper and cardboard (green decal). You must place recyclable materials curbside in clear bags or labeled recycling bins between 4 PM and midnight the evening before your scheduled recycling collection day.For a complete list of recyclable and non-recyclable items, go to or call the Cary Public Works Department at 919-469-4090. Cary accepts: Plastics: bottles, lids, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, 5-gallon buckets, storage containers and lids, soda crates, garbage cans and 18-gallon recycling bins.

What items can be recycled?

By recycling plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, and glass we’re able to reduce our dependence on landfills and reuse these materials for future use.

What items Cannot be recycled?

Non-recyclable items

  1. Garbage.
  2. Food waste.
  3. Food-tainted items (such as: used paper plates or boxes, paper towels, or paper napkins)
  4. Ceramics and kitchenware.
  5. Windows and mirrors.
  6. Plastic wrap.
  7. Packing peanuts and bubble wrap.
  8. Wax boxes.

What numbers can be recycled?

Recycling plastics – what the numbers mean + cheat sheet

  • 1 – PETE – Polyethylene Terephthalate. The easiest of plastics to recycle.
  • 2 – HDPE – High density Polyethylene.
  • 3 – PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride.
  • 4 – LDPE Low-density Polyethylene.
  • 5 – PP – Polypropylene.
  • 6 – PS – Polystyrene.
  • 7 – Other.

What should be recycled and what should not be recycled?

7 Surprising Things You Should Not Recycle

  1. Coated Materials. Also according to, 73 percent of people believe they can recycle juice boxes — you can’t.
  2. Food-Stained Materials.
  3. Lids and Caps.
  4. Paper.
  5. Plastic Grocery Bags.
  6. Cosmetics.
  7. Special Recyclables.

What can I recycle at Target?

Located at the front of each store, the recycling stations offer guests a convenient way to recycle aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, MP3 players, cell phones and ink cartridges. A full description of recyclables that are accepted is available at

Can pizza boxes be recycled?

A: Pizza boxes are made from corrugated cardboard, however the cardboard becomes soiled with grease, cheese, and other foods once the pizza has been placed in the box. Once soiled, the paper cannot be recycled because the paper fibers will not be able to be separated from the oils during the pulping process.

Can egg cartons be recycled?

Egg cartons made of cardboard can be recycled just like other types of cardboard. Foam (commonly called Styrofoam) cartons cannot be recycled at the curb. You can also put cardboard egg cartons in a compost pile. They break down quickly and will help create rich fertilizer for your garden.

Can I put aluminum foil in the recycle bin?

Before you put your foil in the recycling bin, make sure your local recycling program accepts it; not all of them do. Incidentally, usually if foil is accepted, disposable aluminum baking pans also will be. You can even buy aluminum foil that is made of recycled aluminum.

What is considered recyclable items?

Aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, glass, newspapers and plastic bottles are all recyclable.These items can be made into new products including cans that hold food and drinks, the steel used to build skyscrapers and school buses, cardboard boxes, glass jars and bottles, newspaper and office paper, plastic laundry

What are the 7 recycle codes?

Here are the seven standard classifications for plastics, and the recycling and reuse information for each type.

  • #1 – PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
  • #2 – HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
  • #3 – PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
  • #4 – LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene)
  • #5 – PP (Polypropylene)
  • #6 – PS (Polystyrene)

Can Tupperware be recycled?

A triangle without a number within is the International Universal Recycling symbol. It indicates that the product can be recycled. Tupperware plastics are recycled into non-food items like vases, watering cans, container fillers, etc.

Which type of plastic Cannot be recycled?

Plastics. Generally, only plastic bottles and jugs with the numbers 1 or 2 on the bottom can be recycled. Plastic products made from polyvinyl chloride, such as shower curtains, piping, window frames and some toys, can’t be recycled.