Common Recycling Mistakes

Common Recycling Mistakes
This is an excerpt from our informative flyer 'Recycling the Right Way'. For more complete information, please view or download the flyer.

Please do not:
  • Put non-recyclable materials into your collection container. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Place recyclable materials inside garbage or other bags. The only exceptions to this rule are shredded paper, which should be placed inside a paper bag, and plastic bags marked with a recycling symbol, which should be gathered together inside a single bag.
  • Leave styrofoam packing materials inside a cardboard box or other container.
  • Leave liquids inside of containers. All containers should be emptied!
  • Recycle microwaveable plastics. This includes frozen dinner trays, take-out meal containers, and items marked “microwave safe”.
  • Recycle thin, brittle, “clamshell” plastics. This includes fruit, bakery and deli containers as well as others, regardless of what number is imprinted on them.
  • Recycle soiled paper products. This includes tissues, paper towels, paper plates, greasy pizza boxes and waxed paper.
  • Recycle rubber or vinyl products or PVC pipes. No garden hoses, electrical cords, shower curtains,inflatables, plastic table cloths, etc.