Recycling Dos and DontsEvery community has its own regulations on what can be recycled and what can't. Some recycle paper, plastic and metal, some one or two but not all three, and some communities have no recycling program at all. Always check first with your community recycling program, local government or trash pickup company before you start taking material into recycling collection points, or put material into recycling bins for curbside collection.
That said, we have found that, in most communities, the following recycling dos and donts generally apply.
- High-quality plastics labeled with number one and two recycling symbols.
- Food and beverage containers, such as milk, soda, water, salad dressings, etc.
- Jars and canisters such as those used for peanut butter, soap, and aspirin bottles, etc.
- Mail, junk and otherwise, including brochures, fliers, white/light envelopes, etc.
- Aluminum, tin and steel cans, such as soda, beer, tuna, vegetable, etc.
- Printed paper such as newspaper, magazines, phone books, legal pads, etc.
Don't Recycle (usually):
Be sure to check with your local recycling officials, since some of the items below CAN be recycled in some communities.
- Plastic bags
- Newspaper delivery bags
- Lids from glass containers
- Pizza boxes
- Phone books
- Aerosol cans
- Paint cans
- Wax paper
- Food-soiled paper
- Window glass
- Light bulbs
- Microwaveable food trays
Some communities have special rules for recycling containers of cleaning products, automotive fluids and yard care products. Please check local regulations to ensure such containers are properly recycled.