Trash has to be packed up and hauled away, making an expense that trickles into your tax dollars. But recycling is a revenue source! For each ton of recycling our town outputs, we actually start making money against the cost of trash. Recycling is a great first step towards a greener community. There are many recyclable items in your house and this list below is a small sampling to get you started. Have a question about a recyclable item? Drop us a line

Plastics (#1-5, 7)

Want to know more about which kind of plastic is which, how many times it should be used and what those numbers mean in the recycling triangle? Check out 'What Do Those Recycling Symbols Mean'. 

Rinsed milk jugs, yogurt tubs, juice cartons, butter tubs
Rinsed water or soda bottles
Clean (as much as possible) peanut butter jars
Rinsed mustard/ketchup bottles
Shampoo bottles or other bathroom bottles
Household cleaner or detergent bottles (including bleach) 
Rinsed #1-5 and #7 plastic tubs & screw-top jars
Plastic buckets and crates (clean)
Some plastic toys accepted, but make sure it is under 4'

If a plastic bottle or jug has a plastic cap, put the cap back on before recycling. The cap alone is NOT recyclable. 

NO plastic film (such as plastic grocery bags or plastic wrap around toilet paper etc.)
NO styrofoam (or any plastic #6)
NO plastic motor oil containers
NO cereal box bags (see 'Plastic Film')
NO plastic straws
NO plastic silverware

Paper & Cardboard

Newspapers, magazines, brochures, catalogs (this includes glossy paper)
Cardboard under 4' in length
Corrugated cardboard (has wavy inner liner)
Pizza boxes (MUST BE GREASE FREE, no liner, no leftover food inside)
Unwaxed cardboard (appliance boxes)
Paper bags, paperboard boxes (cereal/pasta boxes, egg cartons) 
Junk mail, phone books, envelopes (windows ok)
Hard and soft cover books
White and color paper
File folders, school paper
Multi 3 ply paper, chipboard

If a paper carton (like milk or broth cartons, also known as Tetra-paks) has a plastic lid, keep the plastic cap on the carton before recycling. The cap alone is NOT recyclable. 

NO tissues, towels, soiled paper
NO waxed paper or spiral notebooks
NO packing materials
NO ice cream containers
NO wrapping paper or tissue paper
NO pizza boxes if they have any grease in them


Glass can be recycled again and again without losing any quality of the material, making it one of the more sustainable substances.

Rinsed white, green and brown glass
Clean bottles and jars, some examples are:
   – jelly jars
   – tomato sauce jars (lids can go in too, but separate the two)
   – wine bottles
   – salad dressing bottles
   – Snapple bottles
   – liquor bottles
   – vanilla extract bottles

NO mirrors or plate glass (like windows or glass from picture frames)
NO light bulbs or flower pots
NO ceramic
NO candle glass
NO kitchen glass (pint glasses, bowls)


Rinsed tuna cans
Rinsed soda cans
Rinsed (and balled) aluminum foil
Rinsed tomato paste or sauce cans
Rinsed pet food cans
Empty food grade aerosol cans (think PAM cooking spray)
Clean metal & aluminum cans
Clean aluminum food trays

NO paint cans
NO soiled cans/tins
NO beer bottle caps


Some items are made up of more than one material, here are a few items that don't fit the common plastic or paper recycling mold but are still accepted in Single Stream Recycling. 

• Electronics ARE accepted at the Transfer Station/Recycling Facility (down the hill on the left)
• Paper cartons like broth and milk are accepted, leave plastic lids and tops on the bottle (these are called Tetra-paks, they are paper with a thin film/coating.)
• Glass jars with metal lids, should be separated before going in single stream

NO garden hoses
NO paper pet food bags
NO dryer sheets
NO pillows/clothing/furniture
NO wood
NO yard waste