Dropoff Recycling Tips
Materials placed in plastic bags cannot be accepted at our dropoff recycling sites. Plastic bags cause loads to be contaminated. They also contribute to littering and debris, since there is no way to secure them at our recycling dropoff sites. Please reuse them or recycle them at your local grocery or retail store.
Remove contents. Rinse containers. No need to remove labels.
• DO include pull tabs or tops.
• DO NOT include foil, food trays, or pie plates/trays. These items are manufactured with different alloys and will contaminate each other.
Glass Bottles & Jars: Remove all caps and lids (their metal cannot be recycled often because they include a rubber ring or seal). Avoid breaking containers.
• DO include brown, clear, green glass bottles and jars.
• DO NOT include ceramics, dishes, drinking glasses, lightbulbs, mirrors, Pyrex, windows, blue glass products (unlike other colors, even the tiniest bit of blue glass can contaminate beyond usefulness to glass manufacturers).
Plastics #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7 (not #6) (see the recycling triangle on the bottom of the container): Remove caps and lids (it is not necessary to remove neck rings). Flatten (to reduce storage space, transportation costs, and pollution).
• DO include containers for beverages, foods, body care and household products, and other non-hazardous materials.
• DO NOT include containers that contained antifreeze, cooking oil, hazardous materials, motor oil; disposable diapers; frozen food bags; plastic bags or wrap; Styrofoam, foam, or polystyrene products.
Steel Cans: Lids can be recycled with cans.
• DO include cans that contained coffees, fruits, soups, vegetables, and aerosol cans.
• DO NOT include cans that contained oil, paint.
COMMINGLED PAPERS: Must be clean and dry.
• DO include thin catalogs, glossy/slick paper or advertising flyers.
• DO NOT include food contaminated materials, food wrappers, hardback/paperback books, postcards, thick catalogs.
Junk Mail/Mixed Office Paper: It is not necessary to remove regular paper clips or staples.
• DO include colored or copier paper, envelopes (including plastic windows), folders (without metal or plastic), gift or holiday wrapping paper (no foil-type), packing paper, printer or school paper, stationery, white paper, junk mail.
• DO NOT include binders; binder clips; carbon paper; construction paper; decorations, such as bows, ribbons, string, twine, etc.; egg cartons; food contaminated materials; food wrappers; hardback/paperback books; Kraft-paper (brown) shopping bags or bags with handles; notebooks; plastic coated, laminated, or lined paper; plastic sheet protectors; rubber bands; facial, sanitary, or toilet tissue products; spiral notebooks; thermal or treated fax paper; tissue paper.
• DO include inserts that arrived in the paper.
• DO NOT include paper or plastic bags or wrappers, string, twine, or food contaminated materials.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD, CHIPBOARD/PAPERBOARD, CARRIER STOCK:
Must be clean and dry. Remove all contents, such as liners (e.g., foil, plastic, etc.) or packing materials (e.g., “bubble” wrap; plastic bags, pouches, or six-pack rings; polystyrene/foam; tissue paper, etc.). Must be flattened - to conserve reduce storage space, and reduce transportation costs and pollution.
• DO include boxes that contained beer or soda.
• DO include boxes that contained cake mixes, cereals, crackers, dry foods, food mixes, paper supplies, shoes.
• DO NOT include egg cartons; boxes or cartons that are coated or lined, such as with wax, plastic, or foil (i.e., frozen food, milk, juice, etc.); or food contaminated materials.
Corrugated Cardboard: Tape and stickers can be recycled with corrugated cardboard.
• DO include brown/Kraft paper (e.g., bags, sheets, wrapping, etc.).
• DO NOT include cardboard cans (such as fiber drums), food contaminated materials (such as pizza boxes), or non-Kraft-paper shopping bags or bags with handles.
21 Things You Can Recycle
1. Appliances: www.recycle-steel.org
2. Batteries: www.batteryrecycling.com
3. Cardboard Boxes: www.usedcardboardboxes.com
4. CDs/DVDs/Game Disks: www.auraltech.com
5. Clothes: www.dressforsuccess.org
6. Compact Fluorescent Bulbs: www.ikea.com
7. Compostable Bio-Plastics: www.findacomposter.com
8. Computers and Electronics: www.ban.org/pledge/Locations.html
9. Exercise Videos: www.videofitness.com
10. Eyeglasses: Local Lion's Club or eye care chain
11. Foam Packing: www.epspackaging.org/info.html
12. Ink/Toner Cartridges: www.recycleplace.com
14. Oil: www.recycleoil.org
16. Sports Equipment: www.playitagainsports.com
17. "Technotrash": www.greendisk.com
18. Tennis Shoes:
19. Toothbrushes and Razors: www.recycline.com
20. Tyvek Envelopes:
For quantities less than 25, send them to:
Shirley Cimburke, Tyvek Recycling Specialist
5401 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Spot 197, Room 231
Richmond, VA 2324
For quantities larger than 25, call 866-33-TYVEK
21. Stuff You Just Can't Recycle: When practical, send such items back to the manufacturer and tell them they need to manufacture products that close the waste loop responsibly.