Keep in mind, only a few items belong in your recycle bin and most things stay out. Ignore symbols and check out the Recycle Right link to see how easy it is.

You should keep the following items out of your recycle bin:

  • Plastic bags, trays and clamshells
  • Lids: plastic and loose metal
  • Plastic utensils, straws and take out containers
  • Cartons: think milk, juice, and broth
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper cups
  • Prescription bottles
  • Uncertainties (when in doubt, throw it out)
  • Aluminum foil and foil plastic (squeeze food & drink)
  • Styrofoam
  • Food or food-soiled items
  • Frozen food containers
  • Coffee pods
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Diapers
  • Aerosol cans