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 (lids may be left on empty containers)
Glass jars and bottles (lids may be left on; containers must be empty)
Aluminum and steel food and beverage containers, such as cans and pie tins
Clean clean aluminum foil
Empty aerosol cans
Tetra Packs—such as 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
Paper or plastic milk and juice jugs/cartons
Paperboard boxes (such as cracker and cereal boxes without liners)
Shredded paper (gather and place inside a paper bag or cardboard box)
Items Not Accepted for Curbside Recycling Include:
Any container that is not empty!
Bagged recyclables! (Except for shredded paper or bags of recyclable bags: only these items should be recycled in bags.)
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
No polystyrene (Styrofoam™) of any kindClothing 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.