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How to Prepare Your Recyclables
Preparing Your Recyclables
The quality of materials is a fundamental element of recycling. To make material processing efficient and cost effective, please observe the following instructions.

  • Please flatten cardboard boxes flattened into no larger than 3' by 3' pieces.

Mixed Food & Beverage Containers
  • Clean aluminum foil and pie tins before recycling.
  • Remove and discard all lids from all bottles and jars.
  • Rinse all glass, metal, and plastic bottles, cans, and jars before recycling.
  • Toys and bottles contaminated with motor oil or hazardous chemicals are not acceptable.


  • Place newspaper loosely on the bottom of the bin.
  • Please don't bundle newspaper.

View examples of acceptable recyclable items.

How to Load Your Bin
  • Place lightweight plastic items and papers in the bottom of your bin so they won't blow away.  Please do not wrap papers in plastic bags.
  • Please make sure all containers have been rinsed clean; continue to discard caps and lids.
  • Remember to flatten as many items as possible.

Any nonrecyclable materials will be left at the curb.