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Mixed Recycling

Learn what you can recycle in your mixed single stream recycling bin.

What can you recycle in your bin?

ALL MUST BE EMPTY, RINSED IF POSSIBLE. PLACE TOGETHER, LOOSE IN BIN:

PAPER

  • Directions: Remove any non-paper materials (metal clips, plastic bindings, metal spirals, plastic newspaper sleeves, etc). Small staples and paper clips are OKAY. Plastic windows in envelopes are OKAY. Hard cover books must be collected separately.
  • “Yes” Examples: Office paper, newspaper, brown paper bags, envelopes, magazines, flyers, junk mail, brochures, catalogs, paper cups, and small quantities of paperback books or phone books – for larger quantities of books please bring to our facility separately (Learn more about paper recycling in the single stream here).
  • “No” Examples: Hardcover books, stickers, labels, wax paper, contact paper, laminated paper.

 

SHREDDED PAPER

  •  MUST BE BAGGED: Place shredded paper inside clear bag or plastic grocery bag and tie shut. Shredded paper is the ONLY exception to the No Bags rule. We need this material bagged so we can capture it all and keep it contained. Use a TRANSPARENT bag and tie it tightly shut so we can see it and separate it.

CARDBOARD & CARTONS

  • Directions: Remove any non-paper materials (styrofoam, plastic caps, straws, plastic bags). Plastic windows in boxes are OKAY (i.e. pasta boxes). Flatten boxes to save space in your bin.
  • “Yes” Examples: Corrugated cardboard boxes, brown paper bags, paper egg cartons, paperboard boxes, paper take-out containers, coffee cup sleeves, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, paper cups, milk and juice cartons (Learn more about carton recycling in the single stream here).
  • “No” Examples: Styrofoam, plastic added items like straws or lids.

PLASTIC BOTTLES, TUBS, & JUGS

  • Directions: Empty liquid and food contents, do not crush. Place lid back on if empty, except for any chemical containing container, please TRIPLE RINSE and keep lid off to let chemicals air out (Learn more details on lids here).
  • “Yes” Examples:  Soda, water, juice, detergent, shampoo, lotion bottles, milk jugs, margarine and yogurt tubs (See why numbers don’t matter here).
  • “No” Examples: Clamshell containers like berry or salad containers, to-go food containers, typically black and clear in color (Learn why to-go containers are not recyclable here). No styrofoam or mixed plastic materials like toys or gadgets.

TIN, STEEL, & ALUMINUM CANS; ALUMINUM FOIL

  • Directions: Empty liquid and food contents. For cans, do not crush and place lid (if metal) back on or set in container. Labels are OKAY. For aluminum foil or trays, make sure they are COMPLETELY clean and roll into a ball.
  • “Yes” Examples: Soup, Tuna, Soda, Beer, Vegetable Cans. Empty Aerosol Cans if completely empty of contents. Aluminum foil and trays. (Learn more about metal recycling in the single stream here).
  • “No” Examples: Car parts, pots & pans, silverware, chains, etc.

GLASS BOTTLES & JARS

*NOTICE* Glass is not accepted by all haulers or cities, check with your service provider for specific glass requirements.

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What is Single Stream?

When all recyclables can go into one, single container, it’s called Single Stream recycling. Why do communities choose single stream? It’s more effective with higher participation rates (up to 500% increases reported), more material being recycled, and a wider array of materials able to be accepted. It’s more convenient with one covered bin, meaning less space, less handling and less litter. It lowers collection costs on average by 25% with better route efficiencies, leading to less fuel use and lower maintenance and overhead costs. It’s also much safer with cart-based collection, leading to decreases in work comp claims for waste haulers.

For commercial materials, visit our business recycling page to learn more.

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