Recycling Right Matters

It's important to put only empty, clean, and dry recyclables in the recycling bin. Why does it matter? You might not know this, but dirty or wet materials are likely removed from the recycling stream and end up in the landfill. They can also contaminate other recyclables in your bin. Recycling helps reduce pollution, contribute to clean water, save energy, conserve natural resources, and support local jobs and businesses. So remember to recycle right and make sure your recycling efforts don't go to waste.


How you can Recycle Right

Empty, clean and dry

Empty out liquids, rinse or scrape out food residue, make sure paper and cardboard are dry, and keep your recycling bin closed to shut out rain.


Keep recyclables loose, do not bag them



Not everything can be recycled

Even items that have the recycling symbol may not be accepted for recycling in your program or even in the state.


Put these items IN the recycling bin:

Blue recycling bin
Cardboard goes in the recycling bin

(remove plastic tape and flatten)

Paper goes in the recycling bin.


Clean bottles go into the recycling bin

Plastic bottles and jugs

Clean cans go into the recycling bin.

Metal food and beverage cans

Keep these items OUT of the recycling bin:

Don't put food and liquids into the recycling bin.

Food and liquids

Don't put hoses and wires in the recycling bin.

Tanglers (hoses and wires)

Don't put plastic bags into the recycling bin.

Plastic bags and film

Don't put takeout containers and styrofoam into the recycling bin.

Takeout containers and styrofoam

Don't put batteries and hazardous waste into the recycling bin.

 Batteries and haz waste

When in doubt, find out.

Check local recycling guidelines about glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars

Check local recycling guidelines about other plastics

Other plastics

Check local recycling guidelines about cartons.


Check your local recycling guidelines to ensure you’re putting the right materials in your recycle cart. Putting prohibited items in your recycling bin can put workers at risk, adds to the cost of recycling, and reduces the value of other recyclables.

Recycling FAQ