What Can I Recycle?

Our handy, free Recycle Coach app contains a database of thousands of items so you can quickly find out how to recycle, dispose or compost something! You can use it right from our recycling homepage or download it from the Google Play store or Apple App for info on-the-go! Use the logos below to connect!


Use the following links to download/print:a list of recyclable and nonrecyclable items, a detailed fact sheet on plastics, and ways to "recycle right".
Please note the curbside, single-stream recycling program is for common household paper and packaging - NOT for scrap or large items such as window glass, mirrors, scrap metal objects, large plastic items, etc.

Recyclable at the Curb, Mixed Together:

  • Empty plastic bottles, tubs, jars and jugs (plastic lids may be left on empty plastic containers)
  • Empty glass jars and bottles (metal lids removed from glass containers)
  • Aluminum and steel food and beverage containers, such as cans and pie tins

  • Clean aluminum foil
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Cartons and liquid boxes—such as milk/soy/rice milk cartons and juice boxes (not juice pouches)
  • Basic household and office papers such as:
  • Magazines, newspapers, catalogs, junk mail and envelopes
  • Books (including paperbacks, hardbacks and telephone books)
  • Corrugated cardboard (boxes do not have to be broken down or bundled)
  • Greeting cards and gift wrap without glitter and foil
  • Paperboard boxes (such as cracker and cereal boxes without liners)

Items Not Accepted for Curbside Recycling Include:

  • Any container that is not empty!
  • Plastic bags are being phased out of the single-stream recycling industry. Please return them to retail store collection bins.
  • Shredded paper, loose or bagged, is not recyclable in our program.
  • Bagged recyclables! All recyclable materials must be dumped loose in a cart for collection.
  • Disposable cups, plates or cutlery (including Solo, fast food or coffee cups)
  • Hinged plastic containers, such as for produce, bakery or takeout foods
  • Rotisserie chicken containers and any microwaveable/heat-resistant plastics
  • Potato chip / snack food bags
  • Plastic or foil candy and food wrappers, such as granola bar wrappers, etc.
  • Box liner bags, such as for cereal or crackers
  • Juice pouches
  • Bubble wrap
  • No polystyrene (Styrofoam™) of any kind
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Drinking glasses, ceramic plates
  • Hazardous material containers (such as for pesticides, motor oil or antifreeze)
  • Low-grade paper, such as tissues and napkins/paper towels (even if “clean”!)
  • Metallic or glittery paper, bags, wrapping paper or cards
  • Mirrors, window glass, light bulbs
  • Pots, pans and other household metals (curbside recycling is meant to collect packaging metal only, such as cans.)
  • Rubber, PVC or vinyl products (such as hoses, tires, shower curtains, PVC pipes, etc.)
  • Soiled paper products (such as used paper plates or greasy pizza boxes)
If you would like to know whether or not a specific item is recyclable, The Office of Recycling can be reached by phone at 301-600-2960, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or by email.