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All-In-One Recycling Guidelines
Important! Please empty recyclables out of bags and boxes so that they can be easily sorted at the recycling center. Clean paper bags and cardboard boxes are recyclable. Just put them in your recycling cart after you empty them. Plastic bags are not accepted curbside, but can be reused or recycled at grocery stores.

Acceptable Items to place in your recycle cart:
All CA redemption value drink containers
Clean paper and mail
Corrugated cardboard
Cereal boxes (without the liner) / Shoe boxes
Brown paper bags
Newspaper and magazines
Shredded paper in tied clear plastic bags - No confetti
Paperback books
Catalogs, phone books

Milk cartons
Juice boxes
Soy milk cartons
Frozen food boxes

Plastic bottles, jars and jugs - No caps
Plastic dairy tubs (yogurt, margarine) - No lids
All colors of glass jars, bottles and jugs - No lids

Aluminum foil or foil baking pans
Aluminum cans
Steel or tin cans
All colors of glass jars, bottles and jugs with lids and caps removed.
Scrap metal (limit 2 ft. x 2 ft., 35 pounds; without wood, plastic, or rubber attachments)

Remember:There is no charge for collection of extra recyclables that don't fit in your cart. Put them in recycling bins, cardboard boxes (limit 2'X2'X2') or paper bags marked "Recycle."

Unacceptable Items to place in your recycle cart:
Food scraps, food-soiled paper or boxes
Plastic bags
Plastic take-out containers
Plastic trays (bakery, meat, etc.)
Plastic cups, plates or utensils
Styrofoam containers or pellets
Prescription vials

Paper towels, plates or napkins
Disposable diapers or rags
Ceramics or dishes
Light bulbs
Mirrors or window glass
Lids or caps
greasy or sharp scrap metal
Needles or syringes
Toxic containers (antifreeze, oil, syringes, etc.)

Extra Recycling
There is no charge for the collection of extra recyclables that don't fit in your cart or bins. Put them in additional recycling bins, boxes (limit 2’x2’x2’) or paper bags marked "recycling".

No plastic bags, please.

Computers and TVs
Computers, laptops, monitors, separated computer circuit boards and televisions contain heavy metals. They cannot be disposed of as garbage and must be recycled.

You can also recycle many other electronic items, including computer peripherals (mouse, keyboard, cables, printer, scanner, speakers, etc.), cell phones, hand-held devices, photocopiers, fax machines, stereos, VCRs, and DVD players.

Fluorescent Bulbs and Tubes Require Special Disposal

Do not put them in the garbage.

Fluorescent tubes contain elemental mercury mixed with powder. Crushing tubes creates mercury vapor that is difficult to contain. Keeping lamps intact prevents mercury exposure. Fluorescent tubes are regulated as a federal and State of Washington universal waste. Universal wastes must ultimately go to a recycler or permitted treatment, storage, or disposal facility. Recyclers separate the tubes into their component materials - glass, metal, phosphor powder and mercury - so that these materials can be recycled or reused.

Why Recycle?

Using fluorescent lights saves money and reduces the amount of energy that needs to be produced by power plants. However, they contain small amounts of mercury, so they need to be recycled properly. Fluorescent lights are safe to use in your home, and mercury is not released when in use. No products that contain mercury should be put in the garbage. Please recycle these products properly.

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes are accepted at local hazardous waste facilities.

Buy Recycled Products

Before you buy, use or discard an item, ask yourself:

Reduce: Can I buy this product with less packaging?
Reuse: Can I or someone else use this again?
Recycle: Can I recycle this after I use it?
Buy Recycled: Can I get this item with recycled content?

Did You Know?

  • One recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television or computer for 3 hours or a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours.
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.
  • Recycling a one-gallon plastic milk jug will save enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 11 hours.
  • Recycling one pound of steel conserves enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for 26 hours (5,450 BTU). (Approx. 7 cat food cans or 4 dog food cans = 1 lb. [EPA])
  • Recycling a one-foot high stack of newspapers saves 71.3 kilowatt hours of electricity...enough to heat a home for 17 hours.
  • Recycling a six-pack of recycled aluminum cans saves enough energy to drive a car 5 miles.

  • Complete the Recycling Loop!

    Recycling is a three-step process:
    1. Collecting recyclable materials;
    2. Remanufacturing them into new products; and
    3. Purchasing recycled products.

    All three steps are required for recycling to be successful. By purchasing products made with post-consumer recycled content materials, we strengthen the markets and ensure that materials are fully recycled.