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Preparing Items for Recycling

 

RECYCLABLE ITEM

ITEM BEST RECYCLED IF

PREPARATION

All plastic containers

empty, rinsed, dry

plastic tops/lids on

Glass containers

empty, rinsed, dry

plastic/metal tops off

Gable top/carton containers

empty, rinsed, dry

plastic tops/lids off

Aluminum and steel cans

empty, rinsed, dry

plastic tops/lids off

Mixed paper (including junk mail, books, magazines, newspaper, office paper, paperboard)

*shredded paper is best recycled in paper grocery bags

dry, not bound with tape, string, or twine

unbagged

Cardboard

 

*plastic film bags or Styrofoam inside boxes or cardboard containers not recyclable at Convenience Center at this time

flattened, dry

packing material removed

Batteries (rechargeable and non-rechargeable; automotive)

 

tape over positive terminals of household batteries (place in Ziploc bags if leaking)

Antifreeze (containers not recyclable at this time)

not mixed with other fluids

 

Used motor oil and used oil filters (containers not recyclable at this time)

not mixed with other fluids

filters empty

Used or leftover cooking oil (containers are recyclable)

not mixed with other fluids

 

White goods and scrap metal

emptied of food or other items

upright, doors and food removed

Peripheral electronics (small office equipment (scanners, printers, etc.), telephones, stereos, compact discs, keyboards, game consoles, non-PCB ballasts, etc.)

*TVs and computer monitors must be taken to the Transfer Station for recycling ($15 per item fee applies)

intact, not bound in bags or with tape/ string

 

Mercury-containing products (fluorescent lights, CFLs, thermometers, barometers, elemental)

tubes not taped together; items must not be broken or leaking

carefully wrap in newspaper or other packaging; bring to Convenience Center in small box or container