Curbside Recycling: What Can and Can’t Be Recycled

Most items, even the complicated ones, contain plastic, metal, paper, or glass – all of which can be recycled.

If your county’s curbside service doesn’t accept your items, there are recycling facilities and drop-off centers out there that can help.

Although it may be easy to just toss items in the garbage, it’s worth it to our planet to give your old items new life.

These are the most common items that can and can’t be recycled through the curbside recycling program.

What Can Be Recycled Curbside:

Curbside Recycling

  • Plastic products
  • Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Mixed papers
  • Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Metal containers (e.g. tin, aluminum and steel)

What Can’t Be Recycled Curbside:

Can’t Be Recycled Curbside

  • Anything with food on it (e.g. oil-soaked pizza box)
  • Used paper towels, tissues and diapers
  • Broken ceramic, lightbulbs, and mirrors
  • Styrofoam
  • Electronic waste (e-waste)
  • Construction and demolition debris

Check out our other blog post on how to recycle and how to repurpose styrofoam.

Some curbside programs are offering organic waste removal, where paper materials with food residue can be recycled along with all other food waste.

Related content: Why is Recycling Important?, Benefits of Recycling

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