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What is Recyclable?  Why Recycle?

  • Cost savings
  • Preserve natural resources and reduce waste (DeKalb County Recycling Rate).pdf
  • Comply with local solid waste regulations and the waste bans

Many people have been recycling for decades.  They rinse their glass jars, take labels off soup cans and peal the plastic window from the pasta box with great dedication.  This is wonderful, but often these folks and many others are unaware of the growing list of recyclables and the increase ease of recycling.

 

For instance, since conserving water is a concern, the recycling industry has adapted to allow many items to be recycled without requiring any washing or rinsing.  Here is a list of the most common items taken in curbside programs across the County and in many business collections (rules can vary slightly by hauler based on market demand): 

 

Co-Mingled Recyclables .pdf

 

PAPER/FIBER:

Newspaper(includes glossy ads, acceptable wet or dry)
Office Paper (includes white, color, computer printer, copier paper, greenbar, plotter paper)
Construction Paper (heavy colored paper)
Envelopes (with or without plastic windows, plain, stamped, labeled, colored, manila, standard or oversized)
Interoffice Envelopes (including closure string and metal closure)
Magazines
Catalogs
Telephone Books

Paper Ream Covers (usually heavily coated to seal out moisture)
Gift Wrapping Paper (except metallic)
Chipboard / Paperboard (with or without plastic windows)
Cardboard Boxes (try to flatten)
Soft Cover Books (but try to donate them before recycling) 
Paper Cups
Paper Lunch Bags (clean, empty)
Frozen Food Boxes
Pizza Boxes (No melted cheese, empty)
 

Containers etc:

 Glass Bottles and Jars(with or without labels, rinsed or with minor food residue)(NO ceramics, vases, window glass,etc.) 

 
Steel/ Tin Cans (Soup, Coffee, Cat Food- with or without labels, rinsed or with minor food residue)

Empty Aerosol Cans

Aluminum Cans (rinsed or not, with or without the pop tab)

Aluminum Foil (clean or with food residue)

Aluminum Temporary Bakeware (clean or with food residue)

Plastic Bottles and Containers #1 (with lids, rinsed or with minor residue) This includes soda bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles, peanut butter jars.

Plastic Bottles, Tubs and Containers #2 (with lids, rinsed or with minor residue) This includes laundry bottles, conditioner bottles, margarine tubs, milk jugs

Plastic Bottles, Tubs and Containers #3, #4, #5, #7 (with lids, rinsed or with minor residue) This includes squeezable bottles,  yogurt containers,  deli containers.


 

ITEMS COLLECTED AT SOME SCHOOLS:
Ink Jet Cartridges

 

ITEMS COLLECTED AT SOME GROCERY & DEPARTMENT STORES:

Plastic Bags / Plastic Film (includes plastic grocery bags and more - click here for details)
 

ITEMS TAKEN AT DROP-OFF:

 (please see list to the left for more details)
Textiles / Shoes / Clothing
Electronics
Toys
Books
CFL bulbs
Rechargeable Batteries
Scrap Metal, Unwanted Keys

Lead-Acid Batteries
Eye Glasses (Lions Clubs)
 

ITEMS TAKEN FOR A FEE:

Tires
Appliances (if not included in municipal collection contract)


When in doubt, check us out! Call or Email.  This industry keeps growing and improving with more items becoming easier to recycle every year. Together we can save resources, reduce pollution and make existing landfills last longer.