Single Sort Guide

Will it recycle?
Search our NEW RECYCLOPEDIA

Our new searchable web app contains more than 700 common household items with descriptions on how to best dispose of them!

ecomaine-4x9-sticker_croppedA detailed list of what can and can’t go in the bin can be downloaded here.  Also available in:         Spanish          French            Arabic

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.
Also available in:     Spanish         French         Arabic

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.