Talking Trash, Chatting Compost, and… Ranting about Recycling?

As we live in one of the most beautiful places on earth we’re all on the cutting edge of environmental protection. But with the bins curbside multiplying like an overly zealous 4th grader, it’s time we took a refresher course on what goes in each bin (or trash-shoot for you lucky few!)

Recyclables

Metal (no liquids or food):

  • Aluminum cans, foil, and trays
  • Caps and lids from bottles, jars and steel (tin) cans
  • Paint and Spray cans (must be empty/dry)

Plastics:

  • Clean, dry, empty plastic bags inside a clear plastic bag (the size roughly of a basketball)
  • Bottles (leave caps on)
  • Buckets (metal handle ok)
  • CD’s & DVD’s Cases
  • Containers, clamshells, tubs and lids (i.e.: yogurt containers and Tupperware)
  • Cups, plates, and utensils (plastic only, no Styrofoam)
  • Flower pots and trays

Fabrics (must be bagged):

  • Linens, fabrics, rags, curtains, and cloths — Clean and placed in clear bag.

Paper (clean, dry and unsoiled):

  • Empty, clean coffee cups and ice cream containers
  • Soup or milk cartons and juice boxes
  • Cardboard (non-waxed)
  • Egg cartons (paper)
  • Envelopes (windows okay)
  • Junk mail, newspapers, phonebooks and magazines
  • Shredded paper (place in sealed paper bag and label “Shredded Paper”)

Glass (no liquids or food):

  • Glass bottles and jars only (metal caps and lids too)

Compost

Food Scraps:

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds with paper filter
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells and eggs
  • Fruit (pits & peels)
  • Leftovers and spoiled food
  • Tea and tea bags
  • Vegetables

Food Soiled Paper:

  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper plates, paper bags, napkins, tissues and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers (metal handle OK)
  • Tissues

Plants:

  • Branches and brush, tree trimmings and weeds

Other:

  • Cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Hair, fur, and feathers (non-synthetic)
  • Plastic and cutlery clearly labeled “Compostable” (green stripe or sticker to allow for easy identification)
  • Vegetable wood crates (metal wire is okay)
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Wood — small pieces of lumber or sawdust from clean wood only (no plywood, press board, painted, stained or treated wood)

Trash

Acceptable Landfill Items

  • Cat litter and animal feces (bagged)
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Cigarette Butts (extinguished — run under water prior to disposal)
  • Dental floss
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Incandescent light bulbs
    (no fluorescents or HIDs)
  • Glass mirrors and windows inside a double brown paper bag and smashed in small pieces
  • Mylar (shiny metal) bags (potato chips, candy bars, balloons, etc)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Rubber bands
  • Six-pack ring holder — please cut up
  • Sponges
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood — small pieces of plywood, press board, and painted or stained wood

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