Recycling is required by State law and City ordinance. Learn more about Milwaukee's recycling program.
Recyclables should be loose in the bin or cart. Do NOT place recyclables in plastic bags as the bags make sorting more difficult and the plastic can get wrapped around equipment.
Help prevent squirrels from wanting to get what is in your cart - rinse food waste out of recyclables before putting them in the bin.
Metal and aluminum cans, pots and pans, cardboard, cereal boxes & paper towel tubes, clean (not food soiled) paper (i.e. printing paper, junk mail, etc), magazines & newspapers, plastic beverage bottles, plastic personal care bottles and jugs, plastic tubs (i.e. sour cream, yogurt, etc.), bulky plastics (i.e. 5 gallon buckets, kitty litter buckets, laundry baskets), glass bottles and jars, and cartons.
The following items are NOT allowed in your curbside recycling cart:
- Plastic bags and wraps
- Fire hazards (i.e. batteries, propane tanks)
- Tanglers (i.e. hoses, wire, cords, etc.)
- Needles and Sharps
- Scrap metal (including car rotors)
- Styrofoam & Plastic #3, #6, & #7
- Window glass, mirrors, and bulbs
- Wood including furniture
- Hazardous chemicals
- Ceramics including dish ware and drinking glasses
- Food and yard waste