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.
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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 column||2 column||3 column|
|6-pack rings (please cut)||laminated items||Q-tips (with plastic wand)|
|ash, fireplace & BBQ (damp, cold and contained)||light bulbs (no fluorescent)||records/tapes & CDs|
|binders (plastic)||metal cable wire||report covers (plastic)|
|bubble wrap||metallic wrapping paper||rubber bands|
|cello wrap around flower bouquets||packing peanuts (to take to shipping stores)||sponges|
|ceramics (including tile)||paper clips||straws/stir sticks (plastic)|
|chewing gum||paper used for cleaning (soiled)||stuffed animals/toys (unwanted or can't be donated)|
|cosmetics containers with residue||pencils with erasers||Styrofoam|
|cotton balls (soiled)||pens (ink)||tape: duct/masking/scotch|
|computer diskettes||pet feces||tempered glass (corning ware, pyrex)|
|deodorant casing||plants (plastic)||textiles|
|diapers||plastic bags (can also be taken back to grocery stores)||toothpaste tubes|
|feminine products||plastics (unmarked or not marked with a 1-7)||transparencies/microfilm/negatives (acetate)|
|foam (all types)||plastic film||utensils (plastic)|
|glass cups & glasses||plastic wrap||vacuum bags|
|hangers (dry cleaners will take back hangers)||polystryrene||window glass|
|hose (garden or rubber||Q-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 cans||egg cartons (paper)||phone books|
|aluminum foil||envelopes with metal clasps||plastics labeled 1-7|
|aluminum pans||frozen food boxes||pots & pans|
|aseptic containers||fruit baskets (plastic, and if labeled 1-7)||salad dressing bottles|
|bleach bottles (empty)||glass bottles & jars only||scrap metal|
|boxes (shipping)||grocery bags (paper)||shampoo bottles|
|cans, food (bi-metal/tin)||hardbound books||shoe boxes|
|carbonless paper||ice cream cartons (rinsed)||soft drink bottles|
|cardboard (flatten/cut large or multiple boxes)||junk mail||soup boxes|
|catalogs||magazines||soy milk boxes|
|cereal boxes||milk cartons (paper, rinsed)||tub-type containers such as those used for yogurt, cottage cheese, and margarine if labeled 1-7|
|computer paper||newspapers (including inserts)||water jugs|
|cookie sheets||paint cans (empty latex)|
|detergent bottles||paper (adhesive/post-its)|
|juice bottles||paper packaging with remnant tape|
Items in green (this table) belong in organics container
|bones||fruit, peels, pits, & rinds||shrubs|
|bread||grains||tea bags/tea bag with staples|
|cactus||grass cuttings||tree twigs and branches up to 6" in diameter|
|cereal||houseplants||trees (holiday, unflocked)|
|cheese||ice cream sticks (wooden)||vegetables, peels, pits, & rinds|
|chopsticks (wooden)||leaves||waxed cardboard|
|coffee cups (paper only - not plastic lined)||meat||waxed paper (food-soiled)|
|coffee grounds||newspaper (food-soiled)||waxed paper containers/cups|
|coffee filters (paper)||paper take-out cartons without metal handles||weeds|
|dairy products||pasta||wine corks|
|eggs & egg shellls||pizza boxes (leftover pizza)||wood (uncoated, untreated)|
|facial tissue||prunings||yard waste|
|flowers||rice & 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.||fertilizers||photo chemicals|
|camp stove fuel tanks||fluorescent lightblubs||poisons|
|CFL lightbulbs||lancets||pool chemicals|
|cleaning products (toxic)||lye||pressurized tanks|
|computer hard drives/peripherals||medications||printers|
|computer monitors||needles||smoke detectors|
|treated wood waste*|