A first step to recycling is to: Source separate your trash! This means before sending your trash to the curb, remove:

    • paper products
    • plastics
    • batteries
    • chemicals
    • paints
    • medications
    • compostable organic matter (food scraps)


  • buy in bulk
  • buy products in recycled or easily reusable containers
  • avoid disposable products whenever possible
  • shop at places that sell their products in already recycled/reused packing materials


  • organize a garage sale to get rid of unwanted household items
  • magazines, books, and catalogs can be donated to hospitals or adult care facilities.
  • Unwanted clothing and repairable appliances can be donated.
  • reuse packaging and containers as many times as possible.


  • Always check with your local pickup provider as to what they take for recycling

Items that are NOT recyclable:

Plastic shopping bags (accepted at grocery, department, and drug stores)

Foam packaging, cups, and egg cartons

Ceramics, drinking glasses, Pyrex and other glass cookware

Paper coffee cups and plates

Paper egg cartons (can be composted)

Plastic plates and utensils

Clothing, textiles and shoes (take to Goodwill, non-profits, thrift stores or a textile drop-off location)

Food and beverage containers should be emptied, rinsed and free of residue

Items for the compost:

Paper Egg Containers

Paper Napkins

Paper Towels

(Do not compost biodegradable plates and silverware)

Last updated January 11, 2024