Complete Materials List
 

Recycling Terms

The following is a list of recyclable materials. Click any item on the list to display a list of companies that recycle that type of material.
  • #1 PETE
  • #1 PETE Bottles: CRV
  • #1 PETE Bottles: Non-CRV
  • #1 PETE Wide Mouth Container
  • #1-#7 Narrow-neck Bottles
  • #2 HDPE
  • #2 HDPE Bottles: CRV
  • #2 HDPE Bottles: Non-CRV
  • #2 HDPE Film
  • #2 HDPE Sheets / Parts
  • #2 HDPE Wide Mouth Container
  • #3 PVC
  • #4 LDPE
  • #4 LDPE Bottles: CRV
  • #4 LDPE Bottles: Non-CRV
  • #4 LDPE Film
  • #4 LDPE Parts / Sheets
  • #4 LDPE Wide Mouth Container
  • #4 LLDPE
  • #5 PP
  • #5 PP Wide Mouth Container
  • #5 PP-Strapping
  • #6 PS
  • #6 PS- Foam Sheets - Reuse
  • #6 PS-EPS
  • #6 PS-GPPS
  • #6 PS-HIPS
  • #7 Other
  • ABS Plastic
  • Acetone
  • Acids & Caustics
  • Acrylic Plastic / Plexiglas
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Aerosol Cans: Empty
  • Air Conditioners: Non-working
  • Air Conditioners: Working
  • Aluminum Cans: CRV
  • Aluminum Cans: Non-CRV
  • Aluminum Foil & Pans
  • Aluminum Scrap
  • Ammunition
  • Antifreeze / Propylene Glycol
  • Antiques
  • Appliances (some classified as Hazardous and therefore illegal to place in trash or landfills)   
  • Art Supplies & Materials - Reuse
  • Asbestos
  • Aseptic Packs / Drink Boxes
  • Asphalt
  • Asphalt & Dirt Mix
  • Asphalt Composition Shingles
  • Audio Tapes - Recycle
  • Audio Tapes - Reuse
  • Auto Glass
  • Auto Parts / Scrap / Wreckers
  • Baby Furniture - Reuse
  • Baby Items - Reuse
  • Bath Tubs - Reuse
  • Bathroom Fixtures - Reuse
  • Batteries: Auto / Lead Acid
  • Batteries: Buttons (Hearing Aid)
  • Batteries: Household (Flashlight) (Classified as Hazardous and therefore illegal to place in trash or landfills) 
  • Batteries: Ni-Cad, Ni-MH, Li-ion
  • Batteries: Rechargeable
  • Beads - Reuse
  • Bed & Bath Linens - Reuse
  • Beer Bottles
  • Beverage Containers: Mixed
  • Bicycles - Reuse
  • Bicycles: Scrap - Recycle
  • Bi-Metal: CRV
  • Bi-Metal: Non-CRV
  • Bleach & Cleaners
  • Blue Print Paper
  • Books - Reuse
  • Books: Hard cover - Recycle
  • Books: Soft cover - Recycle
  • Bottles - Glass: CRV
  • Bottles - Glass: Non-CRV
  • Bottles - Plastic: CRV
  • Bottles - Plastic: Non-CRV
  • Brass
  • Bricks - Reuse
  • Bricks: Broken
  • Bronze
  • Bubble Wrap - Recycle
  • Bubble Wrap - Reuse
  • Buckets: #2 HDPE
  • Building Materials - Reuse
  • Built-Up Roofing: Tar & Gravel
  • Burlap Bags
  • Buttons - Reuse
  • Cabinets - Reuse
  • Cameras - Disposable / Single Use
  • Cameras & Video Equipment - Recycle
  • Cameras & Video Equipment - Reuse
  • Candle Wax - Reuse
  • Car / Vehicle Donations
  • Car Buyback: Gross Polluters
  • Cardboard
  • Cardboard Moving Boxes - Reuse
  • Carpet
  • Carpet - Reuse
  • Carpet Padding - Recycle
  • Carpet Padding - Reuse
  • Catalogues / Magazines
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) / Monitors
  • CD / Jewel Cases: #6 PS-GPPS
  • CDs / DVDs / Laser Disks - Reuse
  • CDs / Laser Disks - Recycle
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Cellular Phones - Reuse
  • Cellular Phones: Scrap - Recycle
  • Ceramic Tiles - Recycle
  • Ceramic Tiles - Reuse
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Chemical Bottles
  • Chemicals
  • Chemistry Equipment - Reuse
  • Child Car Seats - Reuse
  • Chipboard
  • Christmas Trees
  • Cinder Blocks - Recycle
  • Cinder Blocks - Reuse
  • Clay Roofing Tiles - Recycle
  • Clay Roofing Tiles - Reuse
  • Cleansers
  • Clothes Hangers - Reuse
  • Clothes Hangers: Plastic - Recycle
  • Clothing - Reuse
  • Clothing Scraps / Remnants - Reuse
  • Coffee & Tea Grounds
  • Coins
  • Collectibles
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) (Classified as Hazardous and therefore illegal to place in trash or landfills)
  • Compost
  • Computer Monitors: Non-working
  • Computer Monitors: Working - Reuse
  • Computer Peripherals - Reuse
  • Computer Peripherals: Scrap-Recycle
  • Computers - Reuse
  • Computers: Scrap - Recycle
  • Concrete
  • Concrete Roofing Tiles
  • Concrete With Rebar
  • Contaminated Soils
  • Contaminated Water
  • Copper
  • Copy Machines - Reuse
  • Copy Machines: Scrap - Recycle
  • Cotton - Batting
  • Couches - Recycle
  • Couches - Reuse
  • Diaper Service - Reuse
  • Dirt / Clean Fill
  • Dirt with Gravel & Rock
  • Dishwasher: Non-working
  • Dishwasher: Working
  • Diskettes - Computer
  • Disposal: Non-recyclable Waste
  • Doors - Reuse
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Drink Boxes / Aseptic packs
  • Drums - Fiber: Paper
  • Drums - Metal
  • Drums - Plastic
  • Dry Wall / Gypsum / Sheetrock
  • Electronic Devices (some classified as Hazardous and therefore illegal to place in trash or landfills) 
  • Envelopes - Reuse
  • E-waste / Free Recycling Events 
  • Explosives
  • Eyeglasses - Reuse
  • Fabric - Reuse
  • Fertilizers
  • Film Plastic: #2 HDPE
  • Film Plastic: #4 LDPE
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Flares
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs - Compact
  • Fluorescent Lighting Ballasts
  • Fluorescent Tubes / Lamps
  • Foam Padding: Polyurethane
  • Food Containers: #6 PS
  • Food Donations
  • Food Scraps
  • Freezers: Non-working
  • Freezers: Working
  • Freon / HCFC / Refrigerants
  • Fuel
  • Furniture - Reuse
  • Furniture: Metal/Broken - Recycle
  • Garage Doors
  • Garden Tools - Reuse
  • Gasoline
  • Glass - Auto
  • Glass Bottles: CRV
  • Glass Bottles: Non-CRV
  • Glass - Cullet
  • Glass - Window / Plate
  • Glues
  • Grass Clippings
  • Grease / Cooking Oils
  • Greeting Cards - Reuse
  • Greeting Cards - Recycle
  • Hair Spray
  • Hardware - Reuse
  • Hazardous Materials & Wastes
  • Hearing Aids
  • Helium Tanks: Empty
  • Herbicides
  • Home Healthcare Equipment - Reuse
  • Horse Manure
  • Household Hazardous Wastes
  • Housewares - Reuse
  • Ink Jet Cartridges
  • Instapak Foam
  • Insulation - Reuse
  • Jewelry - Reuse
  • Juice, Soy & Rice Milk Boxes
  • Junk Mail - Recycle
  • Junk Mail - Reduce
  • Kerosene / Fuel
  • Kitchen Accessories - Reuse
  • Kitchen Fixtures - Reuse
  • Lava Rock
  • Lead
  • Leaves
  • Light Fixtures - Reuse
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Lumber - Reuse
  • Lumber - Recycle
  • Magazines - Recycle
  • Magazines - Reuse
  • Mannequins - Reuse
  • Maps - Reuse
  • Margarine Tubs: Wide Mouth
  • Marine Supplies / Equipment - Reuse
  • Mattresses & Box Springs - Recycle
  • Mattresses & Box Springs - Reuse
  • Medical Surplus - Reuse
  • Medications / Pharmaceuticals
  • Mercury (for thermometers with mercury, view recycling options for Thermometers: Mercury)
  • Microwaves: Non-working
  • Microwaves: Working
  • Milk Cartons: Paper
  • Milk Jugs: #2 HDPE
  • Motor Oil
  • Mufflers
  • Musical Instruments - Reuse
  • Mylar
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Needles / Sharps (Classified as Hazardous and therefore illegal to place in trash or landfills) 
  • Newspaper
  • Nickel
  • Nuts / Bolts / Screws - Reuse
  • Office Furniture / Equipment- Reuse
  • Oil Filters
  • Oils - Engine/Motor
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Packing Peanuts: #6 PS - Recycle
  • Packing Peanuts: #6 PS - Reuse
  • Paint Cans: Empty
  • Paint Thinners
  • Paint: Acrylic
  • Paint: Give-A-Way Program
  • Paint: Latex
  • Paint: Lead
  • Paint: Oil Based
  • Paint: Spray
  • Painted / Treated Wood
  • Pallets: Broken
  • Pallets: Reusable
  • Paper Bags: Grocery / Kraft
  • Paper: Computer
  • Paper: Document Shredding
  • Paper: Mixed
  • Paper: White
  • Paperboard
  • PCBs / Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Pesticides
  • Photo Chemicals
  • Plastic Bags: #5 PP
  • Plastic Bottles Narrow-neck: #1-#7
  • Plastic Bottles: CRV
  • Plastic Bottles: Non-CRV
  • Plastic Grocery Bags: #2 & #4
  • Plate Glass / Window Glass
  • Plumbing Supplies - Reuse
  • Plywood - Reuse
  • Plywood: Scrap - Recycle
  • Poisons
  • Polishes
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polyfill - Dacron
  • Poly-Foam - Reuse
  • Polyurethane Foam Padding
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Precious Metals
  • Printers / Faxes - Reuse
  • Printers / Faxes: Scrap - Recycle
  • Produce Bags: #4 LDPE
  • Propane Gas Cans: Single Use
  • Propane Gas Tanks: Refillable
  • Radiators
  • Railroad Ties: Scrap
  • Railroad Ties: Usable - Reuse
  • Records/Albums/LPs - Reuse
  • Refrigerators: Non-working
  • Refrigerators: Working
  • Rock / Gravel: Clean
  • Roof Shingles: Wood
  • Roof Tile: Asphalt
  • Sawdust
  • School / Office Supplies - Reuse
  • Scrap Metal
  • Scrap Metal: Non-ferrous
  • Sewing Machines - Reuse
  • Sheetrock / Drywall
  • Shoes - Reuse
  • Sinks - Reuse
  • Sinks: Porcelain/Broken - Recycle
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Software Applications - Reuse
  • Solvents
  • Sporting Goods - Reuse
  • Spray Cans
  • Spray Cans: Empty
  • Stainless Steel
  • Stereos & Radios - Recycle
  • Stereos & Radios - Reuse
  • Stoves / Ovens: Non-working
  • Stoves / Ovens: Working
  • Straw/Hay
  • Stretch Wrap: #4 L-LDPE
  • Styrofoam Blocks: #6 PS
  • Styrofoam Sheets: #6 PS - Reuse
  • Styrofoam: #6 PS
  • Syringes/Needles (Classified as Hazardous and therefore illegal to place in trash or landfills)
  • Telephone Books
  • Televisions: Non-working
  • Televisions: Working
  • Textiles / Fabric - Reuse
  • Thermometers: Mercury
  • Thinners
  • Tile/Masonry - Reuse
  • Tin Cans
  • Tire & Rubber Scrap
  • Tires
  • Toilets / Commodes - Reuse
  • Toilets: Broken - Recycle
  • Toner / Developer
  • Toner / Laser Cartridges
  • Tools - Reuse
  • Toys / Games - Reuse
  • Transparency Film
  • Trash Compactors: Non-working
  • Trees
  • Typewriters - Reuse
  • TyvekŪ: #2 HDPE
  • Universal Wastes / U-Waste
  • VCRs: Non-working
  • VCRs: Working
  • Video Tapes - Recycle
  • Video Tapes - Reuse
  • Washers/Dryers: Non-working
  • Washers/Dryers: Working
  • Water Bottles: #1 PETE - CRV
  • Water Coolers
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Jugs: #2 HDPE
  • Waxes
  • Wigs - Reuse
  • Window Cleaner
  • Window Glass / Plate Glass
  • Window Screens - Reuse
  • Windows - Reuse
  • Wine Bottles - Reuse
  • Wire Scrap
  • Wire: Aluminum
  • Wire: Copper
  • Wood Chips
  • Wood Debris: Untreated
  • Wood Pallets - Reuse
  • Wood Pallets: Broken - Recycle
  • Wood Scraps: Untreated
  • Wood: Treated / Painted
  • Worms (to be used for composting household food waste, known as vermicomposting)
  • X-Ray Film
  • Yard Trimmings
  • Yarn - Reuse
  • Yogurt Cups: Wide Mouth Container
  • Zinc
  • Zippers - Reuse

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