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Click on that same tile to get an Expert Tip for disposal.
Rule:Recycle plastics like empty bottles, jars, jugs and tubs by their shapes. Chasing arrows don't necessarily indicate recyclability.
Expert Tip:Caps are now recyclable, simply put them back on an empty container before tossing in the bin.
Rule:Recycle all empty tin, aluminum and steel cans.
Expert Tip:Empty aerosol cans can also be recycled. If the can has a plastic lid, you should remove it.
Rule:Paper, newspaper and magazines are good to recycle.
Expert Tip:Soiled and wet paper should be placed in the trash.
Rule:Flatten and recycle all cardboard and paperboard.
Expert Tip:Flatten cardboard to make room for more materials to fit in your recycling.
RECYCLE ALL BOTTLES, CANS, PAPER AND CARDBOARD
Rule:Do not bag recyclables. They must be loose in the bin!
Expert Tip:If you store your recyclables in a bag, simply dump them out when you get to your bin and re-use the bag!
Rule:Plastic bags are typically not accepted at curbside, check with your local program.
Expert Tip:Do not bag recyclables. Plastic bags have a habit of getting tangled in equipment. Find where you can recycle them here.
Rule:Plastic wrap, bubble wrap, plastic sandwich bags or freezer bags shouldn't go in the recycle bin.
Expert Tip:Reuse whenever possible for presents, moving or storage of similar items.
Rule:Flexible packaging like chip bags and juice or soup pouches cannot be recycled in curbside programs.
Expert Tip:This type of packaging is made from multiple materials preventing it from being recycled. It must be trashed.
NO PLASTIC BAGS
Rule:Garden hose, rope, leashes, wire, holiday lights and string should never go in the recycle bin.
Expert Tip:These wrap around equipment and shut down entire recycling centers! Ensure they only go in the trash.
Rule:Dirty diapers' and pet waste's yuck factor increase when they end up where they shouldn't - the recycling bin!
Expert Tip:These will soil all of the recyclables, turning the load to trash. Trash these instead and keep the recyclables clean.
Rule:Cups with plastic or wax coatings are not recyclable.
Expert Tip:The plastic lid should be trashed as well.
Rule:Polystyrene foam and plastic "to-go" containers and cups are made of unrecyclable materials, and cannot be collected curbside.
Expert Tip:Packing peanuts aren't recyclable either, however some shipping stores will take peanuts back for re-use.
TRASH IT INSTEAD
Rule:Scrape out all cans and jars, empty liquids and put scraps in the compost.
Expert Tip:Food scraps and liquids may seem harmless, but they could turn a whole load of recycling to trash.
Rule:Soiled paper towels, napkins and tissues are not recyclable.
Expert Tip:Compost the soiled stuff, and remember to recycle the paper towel cardboard tube.
Rule:Recycle empty milk cartons, juice boxes and food cartons.
Expert Tip:Rinsing is no longer necessary. Just empty and they are ready to go!
Rule:Cardboard pizza boxes without leftovers, grease or liners should be recycled.
Expert Tip:Tear off the soiled parts and recycle the rest.
KEEP ITEMS CLEAN AND DRY
Rule:Glass recycling rules vary by city, county and state.
Expert Tip:Check for local recycling programs - there could be drop off locations, curbside pickup and comingled options.
Rule:Medical waste doesn't belong in curbside recycling or waste!
Expert Tip:Needles can cause serious injuries to workers so dispose of them in a safe container like our MedWaste Tracker box, or contact your local service provider.
Rule:Metal waste (car parts, propane cylinders, lawn mowers and microwaves) cause damage and are safety hazards if put in curbside recycling or waste bins.
Expert Tip:Check local programs for special collection options or take them to a local retailer or scrap recycler for donation or proper recycling.
Rule:Commonly, household items such as clothing, textiles, shower curtains, swimming pools, and fencing don't belong in the recycle or waste bin.
Expert Tip:Check local programs for local reuse and recycling options first, before putting them in your waste bin.
BEYOND THE CURB