Recyclables accepted have some marketable value in our area. This includes:
aluminum cans, foil, pie plates; steel (tin) food and beverage cans; glass
bottles and jars; plastic food, beverage, detergent and personal care
(shampoo, soap) containers under 2 gallons in size; milk, juice and
“aseptic” cartons; and paper, such as mixed/office paper, cardboard, cereal
boxes. These materials are manufactured into new items—new cans and bottles,
carpet and clothing (from plastic bottles) and new paper products.
Materials not accepted include items that have no developed markets—that is,
manufacturers are not reusing the materials to make new products. This
includes many plastics, such as Styrofoam; flower pots; toys; black plastic.
Pizza boxes, paper towels and tissues may contain food residues that
prohibit recycling. Egg cartons and glossy boxes that show white strands
when torn (frozen food, butter boxes) are not recyclable because paper
manufacturers find it difficult to use these grades of paper. Other
materials can get tangled in sorting or baling equipment, such as buckets
and other items bigger than 2 gallons, hangers, scrap metal, and plastic
bags. Spray and aerosol cans are hazardous and can blow-up when baled.
Bottles that contained motor oil, pesticides, or other hazardous substances
cannot be recycled due to chemical residues in the bottles. Ceramics, baking
dishes, plate glass, light bulbs and mirrors are not recyclable with glass
bottles and jars because they have different melting temperatures. Scrap
metal is too large to bale, so although it is recyclable it is collected
Operators also ask that you do not put recyclables in plastic bags. Opening
the bags slows down the workers at the recycling facility. Bags also get
hung up on the sorting machinery and create a huge litter problem because
they blow outside of the facility.