Recycle and Compost Right
Make the right moves – know what goes in your blue and green carts.
Sorting your waste into the right bins ensures your blue and green cart materials can be turned into new products and nutrient-rich compost.
Keep wrong items out of your carts
Help keep our blue, green and black cart programs safe for everyone by keeping these contamination items out.
Do not put these items in any of your carts
No chemicals or propane tanks
Take these items to a household hazardous waste drop-off at City landfills or a designated fire station.
Do not put these items in your blue or green carts
No tanglers like hoses, rope or electrical cords
Put in your black cart as garbage.
No clothing, fabrics or shoes
Take old clothing, shoes and textiles to a City landfill for free textile recycling, or donate usable clothing and shoes to charity.
No household items, electronics or furniture
Take old and broken electronics to a City landfill or City-approved drop-off location for free recycling.
Contamination is when the wrong items are put in the wrong bins
There are serious consequences to contamination.
Creates safety hazards and damages equipment
Ruins recyclables, meaning they go to the landfill for disposal
Increases program cost
Learn more about the consequences of putting the wrong items in the wrong bins at Contamination in carts.