ecomaine’s list of Recycling Do’s and Don’ts

Do Recycle

Paper

  • All clean cardboard,
    paperboard, & pizza boxes
    (NO FOOD)
  • Newspaper & inserts
  • Magazines
  • Mail & catalogs
  • Paper bags
  • Office paper, envelopes, & window envelopes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Phone books
  • Books
  • Paper plates (clean)
  • Milk & juice cartons
  • Drink boxes & aseptic
    containers
  • Shredded paper
    (put in clear plastic bags)

Plastic

  • Water bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Detergent bottles
  • All rigid containers marked #1-7 (except Styrofoam)

Metal

  • Tin cans
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum cans & foil
  • Pots & pans

GLASS (all colors)

  • All glass bottles & jars

All rigid containers must be EMPTY (not perfectly clean)

Don’t Recycle

Plastic bags & wrap

  • Trash & shopping bags (empty or full)
  • Plastic wrap or film
  • Bubble wrap or mailers
  • Tyvek or plastic envelopes
  • Bread bags
  • Potato chip & snack bags
  • Sandwich baggies
  • Animal food bags
  • Frozen vegetable bags
  • Pellet bags
  • Newspaper bags
  • Boat wrap or tarps

Batteries

  • alkaline
  • button-cell
  • rechargeable & lithium-ion
  • Styrofoam (even if it’s #6)
  • Paper towels, napkins, or tissue
  • Needles & sharps
  • Large metal parts
    (car, boat, truck, etc.)
  • Gas tanks
    (propane, helium, oxygen, etc.)
  • Wood & lumber
  • Pipes (metal or plastic)
  • Clothing & shoes
  • Bedding & pillows
  • Light bulbs (any type)
  • Garden hoses
  • Diapers (baby or adult)
  • Food or plants (compost these)
  • Kitty litter
  • Knives & blades
  • Toys
  • Vinyl siding
  • Wax-coated paper & boxes
  • Rope, string, chain

Do not bag recyclables
No garbage

No plastic bags or film
Return to retailers

No clothing or linens
Use donation programs

No “tanglers”
No cords, electronics, hoses, ropes, etc.

No hazardous waste
No explosives – No sharps

No food or liquid
Empty all containers

Three Rules of Plastic Recycling

  1. It must be rigid plastic – nothing that can be crumpled
  2. It must be a container – like a bottle, jug, or box
  3. It must have a #1-7 recycling symbol

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