What Can I Recycle and what INot Recyclable?




  • Plastic bottles (with or without caps attached)
  • Plastic containers, tubs & lids
  • Plastic one-use cups (no lids, no straws)



  • Loose bottle caps
  • Plastic bags & wrap
  • Plastic plates, bowls & utensils
  • Prescription bottles
  • Single-use coffee containers
  • Styrofoam cups
  • containers & packaging peanuts
  • Water filters




  • Beverage bottles & jars
  • Food bottles & jars



  • Ceramic mugs & plates
  • Drinking glasses





  • Cardboard & boxboard (empty and flatten)
  • Food & beverage cartons
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines & newspaper inserts Newsprint
  • Office paper
  • Pizza boxes (Clean – With no grease or food stains)



  • Gift wrap & gift bags
  • Ice cream containers
  • Paper cups (hot & cold)
  • Shredded paper
  • Take-out food containers
  • Tissue paper
  • Pizza Boxes (with grease stains or food)




  • Aerosol containers (food grade only)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cans & bottles Foil containers
  • Metal lids from cans & bottles



  • Aerosol containers (deodorizers, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
  • Foil tops from yogurt containers
  • Paint cans
  • Pots & pans
  • Small pieces of scrap metal
  • Spiral wound containers



  • Have your rubbish at the curb by 8:00 a.m.


  • If an item is listed as “unacceptable” for recycling, just put it in your trash bag.


  • Batteries are not to be disposed of in the trash or recycle bin. They are considered hazardous material and could potentially start a fire. Home Depot accepts used batteries at no charge.


  • Trash bags must be tied securely, with a knot, whether they are drawstring or tab ties. If they’re only loosely tied, they come apart when thrown into the truck.


  • Trash bags should not be left at the curb in trash barrels or bins. The crew is not going to dig into your bin to collect your trash.


  • Some recycle containers are oversized, too heavy to be lifted up to the barrels. Use a standard sized bin, approximately 19″ long by 14″ wide by 14″ deep, and put it out each week.


  • Some residents are putting too much weight into a bag. The 25-pound limit is to prevent our crew from injury.


  • You must use either a tall kitchen can size bag or a household trash bag. No contractor bags, lawn & leaf bags, plastic bags that you carry your groceries home in (but you can dispose of those IN your trash bag).


  • A good way to deal with your garbage is to keep a plastic bag in your freezer, and add the garbage to it throughout the week. Put it in your trash bag on Monday morning. If you don’t freeze it, it still needs to be in a bag before going into your trash bag.


  • Recycled paper cannot be put into plastic grocery bags. Those bags are not recyclable and must be emptied by the crew before dumping.


  • Cardboard cannot be stacked loosely. Boxes must be broken down and cut into pieces no larger than 3 feet square. More than one piece should be tied together.


  • Pizza boxes can’t be recycled because of grease and food residue. But you can cut off the top and put that in recycling, if it’s clean.


  • Take-out food containers, paper cups and Styrofoam containers cannot be recycled. To save space, cut the Styrofoam container in half, and nest the top into the bottom. These can go in your trash bag.


  • An empty aerosol can of whipped cream can be recycled, but an empty Lysol can cannot. Food-grade only.


  • Empty your shredder into your trash bag, not your recycle bin.


  • Plastic (Solo) cups can be recycled, but not the lids or straws. Plastic bottles should be crushed, and the covers should be put in the trash, not recycled. Cardboard milk or juice cartons should be rinsed and crushed.


  • Be sure to rinse out any containers.


  • If you are not taking part in Pine Valley’s trash program, be sure to contract with an outside carrier, or make trips to the dump weekly.


  • Trash bags should not be left outside your home where animals can get at them. Use a trash barrel. Don’t put the barrel out on Monday mornings, just the bags and the recycle bin.


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