Recycling Tip Videos

TetraPak

Empty and put the caps back on juice cartons and other TetraPak packaging items for recycling.

What Happens To My Recycling

Items are sorted and shipped to manufacturers locally or in the Midwest to make new products.

Do We Actually Recycle Your Recyclables

Yes, absolutely. We use specialized state-of-the-art machinery and employees that sort clean recyclables so they can be recycled into new products. (We need your help keeping recycling clean and free from contaminates.)

To Bag or Not to Bag

Use only clear plastic bags if you choose to bag your items. Items in black or non-see-through bags will not be recycled.

Wine Bottles

Remove the aluminum foil and tops from wine bottles before recycling.

Glass Tips

Empty and clean glass bottles and jars. Leaving lids and labels on is acceptable, but don’t include products such as Pyrex, ceramics, or windows as these are not recyclable and will contaminate good glass.

Tin Can Prep

Empty and rinse the can, then place the lid inside of it and squeeze the top shut. Loose lids in the recycling will not sort properly and will contaminate other products.

Plastic Bottle Prep

Keep lids and labels on bottles, but empty and rinse off any liquids or food, including water.

Water Contamination

Water and moisture on paper and cardboard affect the recycling process and can prevent them from being recycled. Empty all liquids from items and keep the lid on your cart closed to prevent water and snow.

Online Shopping Boxes

Remove all plastic and Styrofoam, including packing peanuts, and flatten the boxes. Do not place other recyclables in boxes.

Shredded Paper

Place in clear plastic bags no larger than a basketball.

Aluminum Can

Empty the can, but don’t crush or flatten it.

Close Lids

Keep rain and snow from entering your cart or dumpster to prevent the recyclables from getting wet and causing them to be contaminated and non-recyclable.

Electronics

Electronics are not accepted in our system and they can cause dangerous fires at the recycling center. They must be taken to different facilities.

Pizza Box

The clean portion can be recycled but rip off the parts with grease and food and place in the trash.

Food Contamination

Thoroughly empty and rinse any food or food residue from containers.

Plastic Contamination

Remove any non-recyclable materials, like plastic wrap or tape on boxes which are attached to good recyclables.