Preparing Materials for Recycling

(Aluminum, Steel, Glass, Paper, Plastic)

Place all recyclable materials in your blue rollout recycling cart. No sorting is necessary. All recyclable materials must fit inside the cart with the lid closed. Retain excess materials for the following collection, or take to a recycling drop-off station.

ONLY Recyclable materials should be placed in the recycling cart. Trash and garbage go in the garbage cart to go to the landfill. Taxpayers bear the expense of having to sort out unacceptable materials and have them hauled to the landfill.

Aluminum Recyclables ALUMINUM
  • Rinse food residue from pie tins. 
  • NO food scraps on aluminum foil.
GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS (clear, green, and brown)
  • Remove caps/lids and discard.
  • Rinse containers.
  • NO ceramics, dishes, drinking glasses, light bulbs, mirrors, Pyrex, window glass, or any glass that is not  a container.  


PLASTIC  BOTTLES AND JUGS (clear and colored)(if the neck is smaller than the rest)


  • The neck of the container must be smaller than the base or widest part.
  • Rinse.
  • Labels are OK.
  • Do not remove caps.
Milk Cartons



  • No bottle caps or tops


  • Rinse
  • Lids only if still attached and tucked inside. 
  • Labels are OK.                                   
  • Aerosol cans must be empty. Remove and discard caps. Do not flatten.
  • NO paint cans.

 Paper Products

(Chipboard, Junk Mail/Office Paper, Magazines, Newspaper, Telephone Books)

 Do not use plastic bags, which cause contamination of recyclables.  

CHIPBOARD (cereal boxes, dry food boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.)
  • Remove plastic and foil liners.
  • NO Styrofoam egg cartons.  
  • Includes envelopes, office  and notebook paper, glossy ads, etc.  
  • Shredded office paper must be bagged and tied in a clear plastic bag to prevent litter.
  • NO books, binders, or notebooks.  
  • Remove from plastic bags.
  • May be recycled year-round.  
  • Place inside of your Recycling Cart for collection.

Cardboard Drop-Offs  cardboard boxes

In addition to curbside cardboard pick-up, you can drop-off clean, flattened corrugated cardboard at these Fire Stations at your convenience:

  • 100 Arbor Road
  • 4700 Country Club Road
  • 2995 N. Liberty Street
  • 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
  • 651 N. Marshall Street
  • 4685 Ogburn Avenue
  • 771 Palmer Lane
  • 2417 Reynolda Road
  • 2745 Waughtown Street

NO pizza boxes, boxes with grease or food residue, or packing materials. Cardboard must be placed inside containers at the Fire stations.  If containers are full, visit another participating Fire Station.

NO Do Not Recycle These Items

  • NO motor oil, antifreeze, herbicide, pesticide containers
  • NO household chemical containers
  • NO books
  • NO deli containers or leftover food plastic containers
  • NO styrofoam packaging or containers
  • NO paint cans (dry the paint and take cans to 3RC)
  • NO light bulbs (incandescent or CFLs)
  • NO mirrors, window glass
  • NO ceramics, dishes, drinking glasses, glass cooking pans, glass storage containers
  • NO plastic bags, newspaper bags, plastic wrap
  • NO ice cream containers

3RC is THE PLACE FOR  DISPOSAL OF hazardous materials  

updated 3/10/2015

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