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Recycle and Compost Right

Some things should never go in your Blue and Green Carts

Contamination is created when:

The wrong items go in the carts making recycling and composting more costly and inefficient, while lowering the quality of the finished compost and sorted recyclables.

The right items are prepared the wrong way, such as putting loose plastic bags in the Blue Cart or putting food packaging into the Green Cart.

To find out where to recycle, compost or dispose of your everyday items, and how to properly prepare them, visit What Goes Where.


Recycle Right

Putting only the proper recyclables into your blue cart ensures the recycling process is efficient, cost-effective, safe for workers and allows for quality recyclables to get turned into new products.

Dispose of hazardous items safely

Take end-of-life batteries (cell phones, laptops, cameras, lithium ion, non-rechargeable) to a participating retailer for proper recycling.
Tin Cans
Household hazardous waste like propane tanks need to be disposed of safely at a designated fire hall or landfill.

Why some items should never go in your blue cart

No scrap metal

Scrap Metal

Household items made of metal like frying pans, brake discs and shelves can cause serious injury and damage at the recycling facility.

What to do:
Donate usable items to charity.

Take scrap metal to a City landfill Throw n' Go or to a metal recycler.

No hoses

No Hoses

Danglers likes hoses and electrical cords get tangled up at the recycling facility causing major delays and equipment damage.

What to do:
Put garden hoses and electrical cords in the garbage.

No clothing

Clothing and Shoes

Clothing, shoes and cloth scraps can be recycled, just not in your Blue Cart.

What to do:
Donate usable clothing to charity; or

Take clothes, shoes, scrap fabric and other textiles to a City landfill for textiles recycling.

No loose or single plastic bags

No Loose Plastic Bags

Loose bags cannot be sorted properly by our equipment.

What to do:
Bundle all your stretchy plastic bags into a single bag and tie closed before recycling.

Compost Right

Prepare food and yard waste items properly for your green cart. This ensures the finished compost is of the highest quality and free of plastics.

Food Scraps
Remove food from packaging before composting in your green cart.
Compostable Bag Example
If lining your kitchen pail, use only certified compostable bags or make a newspaper liner.

Paper Yard Waste Bag
Put extra yard waste into paper yard waste bags and roll closed.
Pet Waste Bags
For the safety of your collector, pet waste must be bagged in a certified compsotable bag or paper bag and tied/rolled closed.