Recyclable Items

Accepted Recyclable Containers

All containers must be emptied and rinsed clean.
  • Aluminum cans, trays, and foil (trays and foil must be cleaned)
  • Steel cans and tins
  • Aseptic packaging and gable top containers (milk and juice cartons)
  • Glass bottles and jars (clear, brown, green) (please no window glass, auto glass, dinnerware, or ceramics)
  • PET soda, water, and flavored beverage bottles (#1 clear and green plastic resin)
  • HDPE milk, water and juice jugs (#2 clear plastic resin)
  • HDPE detergent and fabric softener containers (#2 colored plastic resin)
  • PVC narrow neck containers only (#3 plastic resin, such as health and beauty aid products, household cleaners, etc.)
  • LDPE grocery containers (#4 plastic resin) such as margarine tubs, frozen desert cups, six pack rings, etc.
  • PP grocery containers (#5 plastic resin) such as yogurt cups and narrow-neck syrup and ketchup bottles
  • #7 plastic resin narrow-neck containers only
  • Plastic buckets such as kitty litter containers (5-gallon size maximum)

Paper Fiber

  • Cardboard (no waxed cardboard)
  • Carrier stock (soda and beer can carrying cases)
  • Chipboard (cereal, cake and food mix boxes, gift boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)
  • Junk mail and envelopes (no plastic cards, stick-on labels or unused stamps)
  • Kraft (brown paper) bags
  • Magazines, catalogs, and telephone books
  • Newspaper, including inserts (remove plastic sleeves)
  • Office, computer, notebook, and gift wrap paper (no metal clips, spirals, binders, etc.)
  • Paperback books (no hard cover books)

Items Not Accepted

  • No motor oil, insecticide, herbicide, or hazardous chemical containers
  • No plastic bags (please reuse or return to grocery or department stores)
  • No plastic sheets or film (no plastic sheets, tarps, or wrap)
  • Expanded foam and clear polystyrene not accepted (per joint advisory from the Illinois Recycling Association, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, and Region 5 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • No window glass, auto glass, dinnerware, or ceramics
  • Waxed cardboard