What Materials Can I Recycle?

Here is the link to the Waste Management site listing what is acceptable in recycling:

Recyclables Did You Know – MD

Since so much IS acceptable in the recycling bin, it may be easier to begin with a list of what is NOT recyclable:



  • Used paper towels, tissues
  • Used paper plates, cups, etc.
  • Metallic wrapping paper
  • Wax paper, laminated paper
  • Any paper contaminated with food waste
  • Loose, shredded paper (must be contained in one tied or sealed bag)



  • Styrofoam (cups, plates, bowls, to-go containers, and foam packing material of any kind)
  • Materials contaminated with food/grease
  • Trash/Food Waste
  • Colored plastic film (such as candy and food wrappers or bags, colored plastic bags)
  • Loose plastic film (must be contained within one bag!)
  • Plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Non-container glass (cookward, plate glass, pyrex)
  • Motor oil containers
  • Ceramics
  • Construction and Demolition Materials
  • Wood
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Mixed colors of broken glass
  • Mirror or window glass
  • Metal or plastic caps/lids
  • Crystal

Things you CAN recycle:


  • Aluminum Food & Beverage Containers
  • Steel/tin cans such as soup & vegetable cans
  • Aluminum foil and aluminum pie pans
  • Glass containers: jars and bottles
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Plastic bottles, jars, and jugs  — but always clean of food waste.
  • Rigid plastics which include plastic milk/soda crates, plastic buckets with metal handles, plastic laundry baskets, plastic lawn furniture, plastic totes, plastic drums, plastic coolers, plastic flower pots, plastic drinking cups/glasses, plastic 5-gallon water bottles, plastic pallets, plastic toys and empty plastic garbage/recycling bins

ACCEPTABLE FIBER/PAPER: Clean, dry paper that can be torn

  • Newspapers (with inserts)
  • Magazines and Catalogs
  • Junk mail (Unsolicited Direct Mail)
  • Cardboard and Paperboard Boxes (Clean, including all cereal boxes without liners, frozen food packaging, etc.)
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Colored Paper
  • Card Stock
  • Books (including paperbacks, textbooks, and hardbacks)
  • Office Paper (including typing, fax, copy and letterhead) and Envelopes
  • Computer Printouts
  • Brown Paper Bags (kraft)
  • Telephone Books
  • Non-Metallic Wrapping Paper
  • Aseptic/Gable-Top Milk and Juice Cartons
  • Shredded paper contained in a sealed or tied bag

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