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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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