Single Sort Guide

Will it recycle?

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

A 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. Download our new brochure here.

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!