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Recycle and Compost Right


Put the right items in your carts this holiday season

When the wrong items are put into your carts, it creates contamination. This makes the recycling and composting process more costly and inefficient, while lowering the quality of the finished compost and sorted recyclables.

Make sure your gift wrap, boxes and Christmas food scraps end up in the right 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

Put holiday packaging and containers loose into your blue cart. All recyclables must be inside the cart for pickup.

Paper and Cardboard

Paper and cardboard

  • Wrapping paper
  • Greeting cards and envelopes
  • Paper gift bags (remove string handles and put in black cart)
  • Boxes (break down to fit in the blue cart)
Tin Cans and Foil

Tin cans and foil

  • Tin food cans
  • Tinfoil and pie plates
  • Cookie tins
  • Tinfoil takeout containers
Plastic Containers

Plastic with recycling symbol 1-7

  • Party and food trays
  • Molded plastic packaging (e.g. plastic holder with a cardboard backing - separate each item and put in blue cart)
Bundled Plastic Bags

Plastic bags and bubble wrap

Bag all your stretchy plastic bags and bubble wrap into a single bag and tied closed.


Compost Right

Food Scraps

Food scraps and leftovers

  • Turkey carcasses and other animal bones
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Leftover baked goods
Food Soiled Paper

Food-soiled paper

  • Used tissues, napkins and paper towels
  • Used paper plates
Plate Scrapings

Plate scrapings

Wipe up cooking oil, shortening, dips and gravies with a used napkin or paper towel.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees

Cut your tree into small pieces to put in your green cart or take to a tree drop-off. Learn more at Christmas Tree Composting.


Dispose Right

After recycling and composting the right items, make sure to put these end-of-use products in the black cart as garbage.

Cellophane Metallic Wrap

Non-recyclable gift wrap

  • Cellophane
  • Metallic wrapping paper
  • Foil wrapping paper
Broken Items

Broken household items

  • Broken dishes and ceramics
  • Broken ornaments and decorations
  • Artificial Christmas trees
Foam Packaging

Foam packaging

Even if it has a recycling symbol on it, packaging like styrofoam cannot be recycled. Put in your black cart.

Ribbons and Bows

Ribbons and bows

Put ribbons and bows that you cannot reuse in your black cart.