Recycle at Home

Go beyond the basics

If you already recycle the basics - cans, paper, cardboard, and plastic bottles and containers – it’s time to add more to your list. Here’s a guide to what’s recyclable, reusable and compostable in and around your home:
 

 

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Bathroom

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  • Beauty products (finger nail polish, hair color, hair spray)
  • Bottles and containers (plastic and glass)
  • Cleaners
  • Prescription drugs
   

Bedroom

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  • TVs
  • Mattresses
   
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  • Fixtures (tubs, faucets and sinks)
  • Linens (towels, wash cloths, bath mats)
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  • ​Bed linens
  • Clothing, shoes and accessories
  • Furniture
  • Lamps
  • Mattresses
  • Toys
  • TVs
   
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  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Facial tissues
   
   

Living Room

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  • Smart phones
  • Stereos
  • TVs
   

Dining Room

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  • Furniture
  • Home décor
  • Light fixtures
  • Tableware
  • Tablecloths
   
   


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  • Books
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Furniture
  • Lamps
  • Stereos
  • TVs
   
         
   

Kitchen

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  • Appliances (small & large)
  • Batteries (rechargeable & alkaline)
  • Cans (aluminum & steel)
  • Cardboard
  • Cleaners
  • glass
  • Plastic bottles & containers
   

Office

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  • Computers
  • Paper
   
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  • Appliances (small & large)
  • Kitchenware
 
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  • Books
  • Computers
  • Furniture
   
   

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  • Food waste
 
   
   

Garage

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  • Automotive supplies (antifreeze, motor oil, tires)
  • Batteries (rechargeable & alkaline)
  • Paint
   

Basement

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  • Fluorescent light bulbs
   
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  • Bikes
  • Building materials (tools, lumber, hardware, fixtures)
  • Sporting Goods
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  • Antiques and collectibles
  • Exercise equipment
  • Furniture
  • Holiday décor
  • Housewares
   
       

Yard

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  • BBQ grills and tanks
  • Lawn & garden products (weed and feed, pesticides, lighter fluid)
  • Lawn equipment
 
   
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  • BBQ grills and tanks
  • Lawn equipment
   
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  • Yard waste (leaves, brush, grass clippings)
       


Set up a recycling station

Setting up a recycling station in your home will make recycling easier and more effective. An ideal station will have a bin for each of the following:
  • Curbside recycling: For standard recyclables such as paper, cardboard, cans and plastic bottles and containers.
  • Glass: For glass food and beverage containers: bottles, jars, etc.
  • Scrap metal: For metal odds and ends: hangers, old pots and pans, hardware, etc.
  • Household hazardous waste: For any product around the house that has Danger, Warning or Caution on the label: paint, cleaners, automotive fluids, and lawn and garden chemicals.
  • Electronic waste: For anything that runs on a cord or battery: TV, computer, coffee maker, cell phone, flashlight, etc.
  • Plastic film: For plastic bags and film: shopping bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, bubble wrap, air pillows, etc.
  • Compost*: For compostable household items such as facial tissues, paper towels, cotton swabs, tissue paper, paper egg cartons, etc.
  • Donations: For clothing and household items.
  • Trash: For all items that aren’t recyclable, reusable or compostable.
*Only if you have composting set up at your home. This bin is in addition to a kitchen bin for collecting compostable food