Don’t just recycle. Recycle Right.
It’s not only important to recycle. It’s important to Recycle Right.
By only recycling materials that are accepted at the recycling facility, your recycling will make more of an impact. SWACO’s “RECYCLE RIGHT” campaign makes proper recycling easy by giving you a comprehensive list of what should and what shouldn’t go in your recycling container. For more information about “RECYCLE RIGHT,” please visit RecycleRight.org
You may bag and tie your recyclables. Be sure to write “recyclables” on the bag.
- Plastic: Containers that DO NOT have a bottleneck (a neck or top that is smaller than the base of the container) or containers that aren’t in the shape of a tub. For example, disposable storage containers, toys, plastic bags, plastic films and bubble wrap, plastic utensils and dinnerware, and clam shells like take-out containers and fruit containers.
- Polystyrene foam or “Styrofoam” egg cartons, plates, cups, etc.
- Glass: Ceramics, window or drinking glass, light bulbs and any other glass not in the shape of a bottle or jar.
- Paper Items: Coffee cups and other disposable paper cups, plates, tissues, paper towels, etc. Receipts are not accepted because most are coated with plastic.
- Drink Pouches
- Metals: Coat hangers, pots and pans, steel scraps and any other metal not in the shape of a container. Foil is not accepted. Aluminum pie pans, lids, or trays are not accepted.
- Sharps and Medical Waste: no needles or other medical wastes are accepted. Hypodermic needles are dangerous for the workers involved in collecting and processing the recyclable materials. Please – do not place any hypodermic needles in your recycling bins or containers.
- Batteries: batteries are not recyclable through your curbside program and are not accepted at the drop-off locations. Batteries are a significant cause of fires in recycling trucks and at recycling processing facilities. Do not place any batteries in your recycling bin or container.
- Textiles and other “tanglers”: Items like clothing, garden hoses, and extension cords can get caught up in the equipment that is used to process the recyclable materials. These items are not recyclable in curbside programs or at drop-off locations and cause problems at the recycling facility.