What Can & Cannot Be Recycled

Please - No plastic bags or liners in your bins and  rinse and clean all containers before recycling

  • Glass: Bottles, jars, food, and beverage containers (clear, green, and brown)-rinse thoroughly; remove lids and neck bands
  • Metals: Bimetallic and aluminum cans-both food and beverage, loose metal jar lids, steel bottle caps, foil-rinsed
  • Plastics: All rigid plastic containers with triangle symbols Number 1 and 2-rinsed (no plastic bags)
  • Paper: newspaper, magazines, catalogs, brochures, regular and junk mail, greeting cards, paperback books, old telephone books, paper bags, food boxes, office paper, file folders
  • Cardboard: corrugated and non-corrugated (including pizza boxes and milk cartons), paper towel rolls, dry food cartons, cardboard beverage carriers, and paperboard boxes-please flatten all boxes.
  • Aseptic packaging / Tetrapak (juice boxes, etc.) - rinsed
  • No Need to Remove: Paper clips, staples, metal fasteners, stamps, labels and address labels, cellophane, address windows, rubber bands, spiral bindings, plastic tabs

Please Do Not Recycle

  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Food Wrap
  • Other Plastics Not Listed Above
  • Any Plastic Without a Triangle and Number
  • Plastic Toys
  • Large Plastic Objects Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Motor Oil
  • Antifreeze and Cleansers and Their Containers
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Vhs/Vcr Tapes
  • Straws
  • Plastic Flatware (Including "Compostable" Flatware)
  • Sheets of Stickers or Address Labels
  • Waxed Paper and Cardboard
  • Packing Material Without a Numbered Triangle Symbol
  • Scrap Metal
  • Styrofoam Food Containers
  • Disposable Diapers 
  • Soiled Paper Towels or Tissue Paper
  • Organic Material or Food Waste
  • Textiles, Fabric, or Clothing
  • Ceramics
  • Chinaware Porcelain or Pyrex Dishware
  • Toys Liquids
  • Mirrors
  • Window Glass
  • Light Bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Syringes / Needles
  • Computers
  • Electronic Equipment Phones
  • Hard Cover Books
  • Hangers
  • Any Household Item (Such as Toasters, Cooking Pots or Pans, Etc.)

Helpful Links

Other Recycling Information

Delaware County Solid Waste Authority

The Delaware County Solid Waste Authority collects Hazardous Household Waste four times a year, running from 9 am to 3 pm at each event. They do not accept latex paint or electronics. For more information go to their website.

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