What's Recyclable?

Accepted Recyclables

  • Accepted items include paper products, cans, cardboard and plastics No. 1, 2 and 5. All accepted recyclables go into one cart — unsorted and loose (not bagged). Glass recyclables must go in the separate glass-recycling tote.

  • Always check your plastic containers for a number before placing them in your recycle cart. Most plastics are labeled or stamped with a number inside a recycle symbol.

  • Empty bottles and rinse cans, jugs, jars and tubs before recycling them.

  • Plastic bags are not allowed in the recycle carts unless they contain shredded paper. In that case, you can place the shredded paper in a clear plastic bag.

  • If you are not sure if your recyclable is accepted, throw it away in your trash cart or contact Customer Service.

Accepted Plastics

Look for a recycle symbol on all plastic items. Only rigid plastics labeled or stamped No. 1, 2 or 5 are accepted.

Place these items in your recycle cart.

  • Plastic No. 1: PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate)

    • Found in: Carbonated and non-carbonated beverage bottles and caps; mouthwash bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil bottles; syrup and ketchup bottles; some oven-safe food trays.

  • Plastic No. 2: HDPE (high density polyethylene)

    • Found in: Milk jugs; juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; some shampoo bottles; motor oil bottles; butter and yogurt tubs; cereal box liners.

  • Plastic No. 5: PP (polypropylene)

    • Found in: Some margarine and yogurt tubs; lids; empty medicine bottles.

Unaccepted Plastics

Look for a recycle symbol on all plastic items. Plastics No. 3, 4, 6 and 7 are not accepted.

Place these items in your trash cart.

  • Plastic No. 3: V (vinyl) or PVC

    • Found in: Some shampoo bottles; some clear food packaging; wire jacketing; medical equipment; siding; windows; piping.

  • Plastic No. 4: LDPE (low density polyethylene)

    • Found in: Bread and frozen food packaging; dry cleaning and shopping bags; tote bags; clothing; furniture; carpet.

  • Plastic No. 6: PS (polystyrene) and EPS (expanded polystyrene)

    • Found in: Disposable plates and cups; meat trays; egg cartons; carry-out containers; aspirin bottles; compact disc cases; Styrofoam.

  • Plastic No. 7: Miscellaneous

    • Found in: Five-gallon-sized water bottles; bullet-proof materials; sunglasses; nylon; DVDs; iPod and computer cases; plant-based plastics; signs and displays; certain food containers.

Recycling Glass

Note: In the beginning stages of the curbside glass recycling program, customers were allowed to use their own boxes for glass recycling. The Waste Management team now asks customers to use a City-issued tote to minimize confusion and ensure regular pickup. If you don't already have a tote, there is no extra fee to request one. Contact Utility Customer Service with your request.

Accepted Glass

Place these items in your tote, not in your recycle cart. Recyclables are sorted by hand, so glass is collected separately.

  • Food and beverage bottles, drinking glasses, glass vases and glass cookware without metal pieces in any color.

Unaccepted Glass

Place these items in your trash cart.

  • Plastic or metal container lids from bottles or jars, ceramics, light bulbs, mirror glass and window glass.


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