What belongs in each container?

Commonly disposed of items are included in the searchable list below. The color-coding indicates proper sorting. Contact us for information regarding any unlisted item. Proper sorting makes a difference. Avoid contamination by sorting your recyclables properly. Click here for a list of common items that contaminate the recyclables stream.

Click here for more detailed information regarding the ACI residential curbside collection program, including used oil/filter collection and household battery collection.

See what happens to your recyclables after they are collected.

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ACI oops tag


An “OOPS tag” is a gentle reminder to properly sort your waste. Proper sorting is the law.

– Please remember that only compostable/organic materials belongs in the green organic collection containers. No metal, glass, or plastic.

– Make sure everything in your blue recycling collection container is recyclable. No personal hygiene items, Styrofoam®, or hazardous waste.

Use the charts on this page to see what belongs in each container. Thank you for your efforts!




Items in gray (this table) belong in garbage container

1 column2 column3 column
6-pack rings (please cut)laminated itemsQ-tips (with plastic wand)
ash, fireplace & BBQ (damp, cold and contained)light bulbs (no fluorescent)records/tapes & CDs
binders (plastic)metal cable wirereport covers (plastic)
bubble wrapmetallic wrapping paperrubber bands
candlesmirrorsrubber stamps
carbon papernailsrubber/neoprene
cello wrap around flower bouquetspacking peanuts (to take to shipping stores)sponges
ceramics (including tile)paper clipsstraws/stir sticks (plastic)
chewing gum paper used for cleaning (soiled) stuffed animals/toys (unwanted or can't be donated)
cosmetics containers with residuepencils with erasersStyrofoam
cotton balls (soiled)pens (ink)tape: duct/masking/scotch
computer diskettespet fecestempered glass (corning ware, pyrex)
deodorant casingplants (plastic)textiles
diapersplastic bags (can also be taken back to grocery stores)toothpaste tubes
feminine productsplastics (unmarked or not marked with a 1-7)transparencies/microfilm/negatives (acetate)
foam (all types)plastic filmutensils (plastic)
glass cups & glassesplastic wrapvacuum bags
hangers (dry cleaners will take back hangers)polystryrenewindow glass
hose (garden or rubberQ-tips (with paper wooden wand)wood (treated)
ice cream wrappers (plastic)

Items in blue (this table) belong in recycle container

aerosol cans (empty)drink boxes (juice)paper towel & toilet paper tubes
aluminum cansegg cartons (paper)phone books
aluminum foilenvelopes with metal claspsplastics labeled 1-7
aluminum pansfrozen food boxespots & pans
aseptic containersfruit baskets (plastic, and if labeled 1-7)salad dressing bottles
bleach bottles (empty)glass bottles & jars onlyscrap metal
boxes (shipping)grocery bags (paper)shampoo bottles
cans, food (bi-metal/tin)hardbound booksshoe boxes
carbonless paperice cream cartons (rinsed)soft drink bottles
cardboard (flatten/cut large or multiple boxes)junk mailsoup boxes
catalogsmagazinessoy milk boxes
cereal boxesmilk cartons (paper, rinsed)tub-type containers such as those used for yogurt, cottage cheese, and margarine if labeled 1-7
computer papernewspapers (including inserts)water jugs
cookie sheetspaint cans (empty latex)
detergent bottlespaper (adhesive/post-its)
juice bottlespaper packaging with remnant tape

Items in green (this table) belong in organics container

bonesfruit, peels, pits, & rindsshrubs
breadgrainstea bags/tea bag with staples
cactusgrass cuttingstree twigs and branches up to 6" in diameter
cerealhouseplantstrees (holiday, unflocked)
cheeseice cream sticks (wooden)vegetables, peels, pits, & rinds
chopsticks (wooden)leaveswaxed cardboard
coffee cups (paper only - not plastic lined)meatwaxed paper (food-soiled)
coffee groundsnewspaper (food-soiled)waxed paper containers/cups
coffee filters (paper)paper take-out cartons without metal handlesweeds
dairy productspastawine corks
eggs & egg shelllspizza boxes (leftover pizza)wood (uncoated, untreated)
facial tissuepruningsyard waste
flowersrice & other grains
food-soiled paper (paper plates, towels, napkins)sawdust

Items in red (this table) are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. For proper disposal instructions visit www.StopWaste.org/hhw

batteries - ACI will collect household batteries that are placed in a zipper-style bag on top of (not inside) your blue Recyclables collection cart. Please tape the terminals on all batteries. No automotive batteries are allowed in the ACI curbside collection program.fertilizersphoto chemicals
camp stove fuel tanksfluorescent lightblubspoisons
CFL lightbulbslancetspool chemicals
cleaning products (toxic)lyepressurized tanks
computer hard drives/peripherals medicationsprinters
computer monitorsneedlessmoke detectors
electronicspainttelevision (tv)
e-wastepaint removerthermometers
fax machinespesticidesvarnish
treated wood waste*
Treated Wood Waste (TWW) comes from old wood that has been treated with chemical preservatives. These chemicals help protect the wood from insect attack and fungal decay while it’s being used. Fence posts, sill plates, landscape timbers, pilings, guardrails, and decking, to name a few, are all examples of chemically treated wood. As of January 1, 2021, Treated Wood Waste (TWW) will be considered hazardous material and must be disposed of as such. For more information about treated wood waste and where to transport it, please click here.