What Can you Put in the Bin?

Loose Recyclables (Not Bagged)

Clean of all Food Waste and Empty of all Liquids. Should be loose in recycling bin.
Glass Bottles and Jars*

Bottles and Jars Only. Empty any food contents or liquids. *NOTICE* Glass is not accepted by all haulers or cities, check with your service provider for specific glass requirements.

Metal Cans

Steel, Tin and Aluminum. Empty liquid or food contents, do not crush.


MRI Recycling Guide 2016-Pictures-12No Metal or Plastic Bindings. Remove plastic sleeves (i.e. newspaper sleeves). Office paper, newspaper, envelopes, magazines, brochures, catalogs, paper cups, paperback books and phone books all accepted. Staples, labels and paperclips are OK. Hard cover books must be collected separately.

Cardboard & Cartons

MRI Recycling Guide 2016-Pictures-11Remove any added materials (i.e. Styrofoam, plastic caps, straws). Plastic windows are OK. Flatten boxes. Corrugated Cardboard boxes, Brown Paper Bags, Paper Egg Cartons, Paperboard Boxes, Paper Cups, Food and Beverage Cartons all accepted.

Bagged & Tied in clear bag

Use clear bags and tie shut (grocery bags work).
Shredded Paper (Must be Bagged)

Clean and dry in clear bag, tightly closed.


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What is Single Stream?

The fastest growing trend in recycling is mixing recyclables together instead of separating them. This is called Single Stream Recycling. Communities that switch to single stream recycling see increases in participation and volume by over 25%. By eliminating sorting, recycling becomes easier and increases participation and recovery rates. Single Stream also reduces collection costs because haulers can use single compartment trucks that can be compacted as opposed to specialized multi-compartment vehicles that are more costly to operate. Over time this greatly reduces the energy required to collect the material.
For commercial materials, visit our business recycling page to learn more.
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