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Recycling Guidelines

Think Before You Throw!

By recycling properly, we save tons of raw materials, time, energy and expense. Materials should be clean and loose (not in plastic bags) and sorted correctly. When plastic wraps, bags, food, or liquids end up in recycling bins, they can ruin an entire load of recycling, so please be sure to empty food and beverage containers first.


  • Remember the three R's - Reduce (avoid waste in the first place), Reuse (find another use for the item, if possible), and then Recycle.

Do recycle these in blue or green recycling bins:

  • Plastic bottles, cups, and containers
  • Metal cans
  • Glass bottles and containers
  • Paper – including office paper, magazines, junk mail, newspapers
  • Flattened cardboard and paperboard
  • Clean paper cups and cartons

Do not put these in the blue or green bins -- place them in the trash (with exceptions noted below:)

  • Food waste - if you can't save it or share it
  • Foam cups and containers
  • Loose plastic bags (reuse them, or take them to collection bins at retail stores)
  • Plastic wrapping
  • Batteries - drop off single use and rechargeable batteries at Facilities
  • Light bulbs - dispose of regular (incandescent) bulbs in trash; take compact fluorescent (CFL) and LED bulbs to Facilities
  • Clothing or textiles - donate unwanted but usable clothing to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.
  • Styrofoam (blocks or "packing peanuts") - reuse, or look for commercial or municipal drop-offs
  • E-waste (e.g., small electronics, computer components, cell phones) - drop these off at stores like Staples or Best Buy
  • Printer cartridges - take (or send via interoffice mail) to Business Services office in McSpedon