What belongs in each container?

Commonly disposed of items are included in the alphabetized list below. The color-coding indicates proper sorting. Contact us for information regarding any unlisted item. Proper sorting makes a difference. Avoid contamination by sorting your recyclables properly. Click here for some of the common items that contaminate the recyclables stream.

Items in gray belong in the garbage container.
Items in green belong in the organics container.
Items in blue belong in the recycling container.


Items in gray (this table) belong in the garbage container.

6-pack rings (please cut)juice bottlesrubber bands
6-pack rings (please cut)juice bottlesrubber bands
ash, fireplace & BBQ (damp, cold and contained)laminated itemsrubber stamps
binders (plastic)light bulbs (no fluorescent)rugs/mats
bubble wrapmetal cable wiresoup boxes
candlesmetallic wrapping papersponges
carbon papermirrorsstraws/stir sticks (plastic)
cdsnailsstuffed animals/toys (unwanted or can't be donated)
cello wrap around flower bouquetsnylonstyrofoam
ceramics (including tile)packing peanuts (to take to shipping stores)tape: duct/masking/scotch
chewing gumpaper used for cleaning (soiled)textiles
cosmetics containers with residuepaper clipstempered glass (corning ware, pyrex)
cotton balls (soiled)pencils with eraserstoothpaste tubes
computer diskettespens (ink)transparencies/microfilm/negatives (acetate)
deodorant casingpet fecesutensils (plastic)
diapersplants (plastic)vacuum bags
feminine productsplastics (unmarked or not marked with a 1-7)window glass
foam (all types)plastic filmwood (treated)
glass cups & glassesplastic wrap
hangers (dry cleaners will take back hangers)polystryrene
hose (garden or rubberQ-tips (with plastic wand)
ice cream wrappers (plastic)


Items in blue (this table) belong in the recycling container.

aerosol cans (empty)drink boxes (juice)paper towel & toilet paper tubes
aerosol cans (empty)drink boxes (juice)paper towels & toilet paper tubes
aluminum cansegg cartons (paper)phone books
aluminum foilenvelopes with metal claspsplastic bags (can also be taken back to grocery stores)
aluminum pansfrozen food boxesplastics labeled 1-7
aseptic containersfruit baskets (plastic, and if labeled 1-7)pots & pans
bleach bottles (empty)glass bottles & jars onlysalad dressing bottles
boxes (shipping)grocery bagsscrap metal
cans, food (bi-metal/tin)hardbound booksshampoo bottles
carbonless paperice cream cartons (rinsed)shoe boxes
cardboard (flatten/cut large or multiple boxes)junk mailsoft drink bottles
catalogsmagazinessoy milk boxes
cereal boxesmilk cartons (paper, rinsed)tub-type containers such as those used for yogurt, cottage cheese, and margarine if labeled 1-7
computer papernewspapers (including inserts)water jugs
cookie sheetspaint cans (empty latex)
detergent bottlespaper (adhesive/post-its)
paper packaging with remnant tape


Items in green (this table) belong in the organics container.

breadgrainstea bags
cactusgrass cuttingstree twigs and branches up to 6" in diameter
cerealhouseplantstrees (holiday, unflocked)
cheeseice cream sticks (wooden)vegetables
chopsticks (wooden)leaveswaxed cardboard
coffee cups (paper)meatwaxed paper (food-soiled)
coffee groundsnewspaper (food-soiled)waxed paper containers/cups
coffee filters (paper)paper take-out cartons without metal handlesweeds
dairy productspastawine corks
egg shellspizza boxes (leftover pizza)wood (uncoated, untreated)
facial tissuepruningsyard waste