Glass & Related Items

Good to Recycle

Unbroken glass containers – Easy to sort, good value, quick disposal.

  • Clear is the most valuable. Lids can go with metal.
  • Glass is commonly separated by color for recycling because each type melt at a different temperature

Bad to Recycle

  • Broken glass – Hard to sort.
  • Ceramics – Don’t melt, cannot be composted, sharp corners pose danger. Contaminate glass
    High-tech ceramics know as refractories found in research institutions may be made from valuable oxides which can be recycled.
  • Pyrex – Chemically treated to withstand high temperatures, doesn’t melt with regular glass. Not pure glass, leading to chemical compounds that can affect the quality of the recycled glass.
  • Tableware, Windows, Mirrors – Easily broken, takes a lot of time to sort.

Light Bulbs

Good to Recycle

CFL light bulbs – Contain traces of mercury, making recycling necessary.

Bad to Recycle

  • Incandescent light bulbs – contain a vacuum or inert gas making them non-toxic and disposable.
  • LED light bulbs do not contain toxic chemicals and can be disposed like incandescent bulbs.

Cans and Foils

Good to Recycle

Aluminum and steel empty cans, lids, bands, caps and foil – Made from metals and derivatives which can be recycled again and again.

Bad to Recycle

  • Full cans, cans with paint, spray cans unless instructed and hazardous waste – Contents of unopened, expired, or not wholly empty cans contain other ingredients which cannot be easily separated during the recycling process.
  • Aluminum foil – Usually contains traces of food and other substances that contaminate the recycling process.
    1. Aluminum foil is dishwasher safe and can be reused.


Good to Recycle

Plastic stamped number 1 or number 2 on the bottom, including bottles, jam jars, oven-ready food trails, cleaning products containers – Most common forms of polyethylene (PET, polyester, HDPE) are handled by most recycling centers.

  • Some areas only approve transparent plastic or specific shapes.
  • Caps are often made from a different type of plastic and not always marked. Remove.
  • You don’t have to remove labels from bottles.

Bad to Recycle

Plastic types number 3, number 4, number 5, number 6, and number 7, including blister wrap, cling wrap, window cleaning bottles, medical tubing, plastic toys, plastic bags, food containers, medicine containers, bottle caps, egg cartons, disposable tableware, bike helmets, juice and ketchup containers, Styrofoam, CD and DVD cases. – Difficult to recycle, can be easily mixed up with other plastics leading to tricky separation.

  • Even a tiny amount of the wrong type of plastic can spoil a melt.


Good to Recycle

Clean and dry grocery bags, shopping bags, bread and produce bags, zipper food storage bags – Many grocery chains feature collection beans that streamline recycling for these specific types of bags. Additional recycling drop-off locations may be available in your area.

  • Remove receipts from bags.Caps are often made Reuse bags until they’re torn.
  • Pick up pet waste using old bags.

Bad to Recycle

Frozen food bags, candy bar wrappers, chip bags – Usually made from hard to recycle combinations of plastic and usually containing traces of other substances.


Good to Recycle

  • Mixed paper: magazines, photocopies, junk mail, computer printouts, shoe or cereal cardboard boxes (on occasion phone books and corrugated cardboard are also accepted), plastic window envelops, plain wrapping paper, shredded paper.
    1. Shredding paper reduces the grade of paper. We are able to recycle paper fiber around 7 times until it becomes too small.
  • Clean dry newspapers & newspaper inserts
    1. Pack newspapers tightly in large brown grocery sacks.
    2. Keep dry.

Bad to Recycle

Napkins, tissues, stickers, milk cartons, carbon paper, waxed paper, laminated paper (foil, drink boxes, food bags, and fast food wraps), thermal fax paper, neon paper, any food-stained or wet paper, wrapping paper with glitter or metallic coating – Contain other substances or chemicals other than paper and ink which cannot be easily separated during recycling.

Aluminum & Other Metals

Good to Recycle

Scrap aluminum like pots, lawn chairs, and window frames.

Bad to Recycle

Metal parts that are attracted to magnets, and any non-metal parts used for those products – Can be hard to separate and are often made by different alloys.

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