These items ARE NOT ACCEPTED at the recycling drop-off sites or in your curbside recycling bins.
Do not place thick plastic items such as plastic toys, buckets, hangers, furniture and flower pots in your curbside recycling or at our recycling drop-off sites. If the item cannot be donated for reuse, place it in the regular trash for disposal.
Do not place ceramics, pottery or baking glassware in your curbside or drop-off recycling bins. Put them in the trash.
If ceramics or glass items are in good, usable condition, consider donating them to a local organization that can reuse or resell the item to support their programs and services.
Do not place items that tangle in drop-off or curbside recycling bins.
Tanglers are things like bags, films, ropes, cords, hoses, light strings and wires that jam sorting machinery by wrapping around the equipment discs and wheels. This creates problems and can shut down an entire Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) or recycling plant that sorts recyclables.
Some of these items can be recycled elsewhere. Plastic bags and film can be recycled at many retail locations. Find a location at www.plasticfilmrecycling.org
Light strands and cords can be recycled year-round at either of our Collection Facilities.
Some other retailers accept Christmas lights for recycling during the winter months.
Can I recycle my coffee cup, fast food cup, red plastic cup or other party cup?
Sorry, those disposable paper and plastic beverage cups cannot be recycled with your home recycling. Do not place them in with curbside or drop-off recycling.
The rigid thermoform plastics are brittle and break apart while moving through the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF or recycling plant). The loose pieces end up mixed into the good, recyclable glass and paper in the plant. Make sure the fast food cups, red plastic party cups (and all other colors) make it into the trash instead.
We no longer look at the number on plastics to determine if a plastic item is recyclable. The numbers are resin codes used by the plastics industry to identify the chemicals used to make the container. The codes do not always mean that the item is recyclable. The only plastic that belongs in curbside recycling are bottles, jugs and jars.
Paper cups have a thin layer of plastic coating on them to protect them from condensation. The plastic coating sprayed on paper cups makes the paperboard underneath impossible to recycle in the standard pulp process because the container will not break apart during recycling.
The lids from beverage cups are also not recyclable. Place them in the trash.
If you don’t want to throw plastic cups in the trash, consider purchasing refillable cups at your favorite coffee house. You can also take advantage of a mail-back recycling program offered by TerraCycle. They offer national programs (Brigades®) to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste. The company offers a collection program for rigid plastic cups. Most of the TerraCycle’s Brigades offer free shipping as well as a rebate or donation for each piece that you collect. Learn more about TerraCycle’s Brigade programs.