Recycling Tips

We know recycling guidelines can be confusing! The Recycle Coach app will help -- download it now for information and alerts!
Here are some tips to help you get started being the best recycler you can be:
  • Reuse, or even refuse, items whenever possible!
  • Recyclables should be empty, but they don't have to be washed.  
  • Do not use plastic bags - leave recyclables loose in your bin or cart.
  • Keep plastic lids attached to plastic containers. 
  • Remove metal lids from glass jars and recycle both.
  • Flatten boxes to save space in your bin or cart or drop-off location dumpsters.
  • NO Styrofoam in curbside or drop-off locations. Foam Fabricators accepts non-food contaminated Styrofoam for recycling. MUST be clean; free of tape, stickers, or labels; may NOT have been used for food.
  • NO plastic grocery bags. Plastic grocery bags can be recycled at participating stores. 
  • Check out our Special Recycling Programs page for information on recycling used cooking oil, latex paint, and more!

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