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.

Top Ten Recycling Mistakes...
Please do not:
  1. Put non-recyclable materials into your collection container. When in doubt, throw it out!
  2. Place recyclable materials inside garbage or other bags. If it looks like trash, it will likely be disposed at the sorting facility. And, trash bags rare not recyclable! (Please note that shredded paper should be placed inside a paper bag, and plastic bags marked with a recycling symbol should be gathered together inside a single bag. For everything else...keep it loose!)
  3. Leave styrofoam packing materials inside a cardboard box or other container.
  4. Leave liquids inside of containers. All containers should be empty!
  5. Recycle any disposable cups or other dining waste (fast food papers & packaging, paper plates, plastic cutlery, etc.) None of that is recyclable!
  6. Recycle microwaveable plastics. This includes frozen dinner trays, take-out meal containers, and items marked “microwave safe”.
  7. Recycle thin, brittle, “clamshell” plastics. This includes fruit, bakery and deli containers as well as others, regardless of what number is imprinted on them.
  8. Recycle soiled paper products. This includes tissues, paper towels, paper plates, greasy pizza boxes and waxed paper.
  9. Recycle rubber or vinyl products or PVC pipes. No garden hoses, electrical cords, shower curtains,inflatables, plastic table cloths, etc.
  10. Put scrap metal (like pots & pans) in a curbside recycle bin; it's accepted for drop-off recycling only.