What is Recyclable? Why Recycle?
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):
Newspaper(includes glossy ads, acceptable wet or dry)
Paper Ream Covers (usually heavily coated to seal out moisture)
Glass Bottles and Jars(with or without labels, rinsed or with minor food residue)(NO ceramics, vases, window glass,etc.)
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: