All Other Recyclables


The following items may be mixed together in the containers marked for "All Other Recyclables."


There is some confusion between what is "paperboard" and what is "cardboard." For recycling purposes, corrugated cardboard is best defined as your typical cardboard shipping box. If you tore it open, it would have a rippled structure between two layers.

Paperboard is most commonly used in boxes for cereals, facial tissue, crackers, cake and cookie mixes, etc. It has a thinner, single-layer structure. See the list below for more examples.

  • Cereal/cracker and similar boxes
  • Gift, shoe, and tissue boxes
  • Paper egg cartons - NO Styrofoam®
  • Hanging file folders
  • Paper tubes (cores in toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)
  • Paper six- and twelve-pack cartons


  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans, tin cans, including empty aerosol cans
  • Pie pans
  • Clean balled foil
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars - all colors
  • Magazines, catalogs, brochures
  • Phone books
  • Paperback books
  • Paper milk cartons (no foil pouches or straws)
  • Juice boxes (no straws)
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (#1 through 7) - caps OK!
  • Plastic tubs and screw top jars (#1 through 7)
  • Metal jar lids and steel bottle caps


  • Plastics other than those listed as acceptable (see "Acceptable Commingled Materials" above)
  • Plastic lids that don't have a recycling number (These plastics don't break down in the recycling process and, if left on the containers, inhibit the sorting process.)
  • #7 PLA compostables (made from corn starch or sugar cane material)
  • Foil pouch juice or drink containers
  • Plastic bags (Take these to local grocery or retail stores for recycling. No plastic bags are accepted at our site.)
  • Motor oil bottles (contaminated by the oil residue)
  • Plastic 6-pack holders
  • Plastic film canisters
  • Plastic microwaveable trays
  • Styrofoam® to-go containers
  • Styrofoam® clamshell boxes
  • Styrofoam® egg cartons
  • Shredded paper

  • Hardcover books (use smaller, blue bin at end of building labeled "Books" for these)
  • Frozen food, ice cream, or frozen juice containers (These contain a coating that protects the food from freezer burn, but is a recycling contaminant.)
  • Paper to-go containers (They have a plastic coating.)
  • Paper cups or plates
  • Bags from pet food, cat litter, fertilizer, or charcoal
  • Drinking glasses/window glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Plates or vases
  • Mirrors, ceramics, or Pyrex®
  • Scrap metal
  • Diapers
  • Hazardous waste
  • Needles or syringes
  • Trash