The Top 12

Things You CAN Recycle curbside:

  • Empty and rinse.

    Metal & aluminum cans

  • Foil pans are also OK if clean and dry.

    Pots & pans

  • Flatten boxes.


  • Flatten boxes.

    Cereal boxes & paper towel tubes

  • Computer paper, junk mail, envelopes, etc. NO tissue paper, paper plates, or cups.


  • Magazines & newspapers

  • #1, #2, #4, #5. Empty, rinse, and replace cap.

    Plastic beverage bottles

  • #1, #2, #4, #5. Empty, rinse, and replace cap.

    Plastic personal care bottles

  • #1, #2, #4, #5. Empty, rinse, and include lid.

    Plastic tubs

  • 5 gallon buckets, laundry baskets, cat litter buckets. #1, #2, #4, #5. Empty and Rinsed.

    Bulky Plastics

  • Clear and colored food and beverage bottles and jars only. Empty, rinse, and remove lid.

    Glass bottles & jars

  • Empty, rinse, and remove lid.

    Cartons (milk, cream, etc.)

The Dirty Dozen

Things You CAN’T Recycle curbside:

  • Return to area grocery and shopping stores for recycling.

    Plastic bags & wraps

  • Fire hazards (propane tanks & batteries)

  • Tanglers (hoses, wire, cords, cables)

  • Check with your pharmacy.

    Needles & sharps

  • Take to a Drop Off Center or scrap metal yard.

    Scrap metal

  • Styrofoam & plastic #3, #6, #7

  • Window glass, mirrors, bulbs

  • Donate for reuse if possible.

    Wood, including furniture

  • Hazardous Waste Collections available from MMSD.

    Hazardous chemicals

  • Ceramics, including dishware & drinking glasses

  • Yard waste can be taken to Drop Off Center for composting if not handled on your own property.

    Food & yard waste

  • Diapers

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