Single Sort Guide

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ecomaine-4x9-sticker_croppedA detailed list of what can and can’t go in the bin can be downloaded here or by clicking on the photo to the left.

With ecomaine’s Single-Sort Recycling you can combine all your glass, metal, paper, cardboard, and plastics #1-7 (except plastic bags) into one recycling container. It’s simple, and with more than 120 recycling containers in 60 locations throughout southern Maine, ecomaine provides convenient, energy-efficient disposal of recyclable materials.

EM What To Recycle Poster

Feel free to download the above poster or the “Yes/No” door hanger linked here to educate your colleagues, family or neighbors about how to recycle right.

What can go in your bin – DO RECYCLE:
  • Paper, including but not limited to:
    • All clean cardboard, paperboard and pizza boxes
    • Newspapers, advertising inserts and mail
    • Magazines, catalogs, phone books, hard cover books
    • Clean paper plates (not soaked or caked with food or oils)
    • Wrapping paper that can rip
    • Milk & juice cartons (it helps to remove caps, but isn’t necessary)
    • Drink boxes and other aseptic containers (such as nut milk boxes)
    • Shredded paper (contained in a clear plastic bag)
  • Plastic rigid containers marked with a #1 – #7 (except Styrofoam, bags & films), including but not limited to:
    • Water bottles and salad containers
    • Milk jugs
    • Detergent bottles
    • Yogurt containers
    • Takeout food containers (not styrofoam)
  • Metal containers, including but not limited to:
    • Tin cans
    • Aerosol cans, such as shaving cream and hair spray (completely emptied)
    • Aluminum cans, tins and foil (not caked with food residue)
    • Pots and pans
  • Glass, including:
    • All glass bottles & jars

All above containers should be empty, but not perfectly clean. A light rinse will do.

Things that can’t go in the bin, include:

How to be a recycling superstar!


Will it Recycle?

A form to submit questions about what can and cannot be recycled.
  • Got a question about what can or cannot go into the Blue Bin for recycling? Use this space to drop us a note and we'll get you an answer as quickly as we can. Use the post-image button above to send us a picture of the item in question, if you like.