Blue Bag Recycling

Preparing Recyclables for Your Blue Bag

Example of a Blue Recycling Bag with Recyclables inside
  • Place material loose in the blue bag
  • Rinse all plastic and tin materials
  • Fold tin can lids inside the can if the lid is still attached, or place detached lids inside the can. Never recycle a loose, sharp lid because of the safety risk to sorting staff
  • Remove lids from plastic containers and place in waste cart
  • Rinse and recycle plastic containers
  • Rinse metal lids from jars, etc. and recycle the lid (place the glass jar in the waste cart)

Preparing Cardboard Boxes

  • Break down all boxes so they are flat
  • Cut up larger boxes to less than 3 feet in length
  • Place prepared cardboard boxes under your blue bag

Recyclable Material

For more information, view a detailed sorting list A-Z (PDF).

  1. Plastic Containers 
  2. Tin Cans
  3. Paper
  4. Cardboard
  5. Non-Glass Containers

Plastic Containers With the Recycling Logo

Recycle Bottles
  • Bleach jugs
  • Dish soap bottle
  • Fabric softener bottle (empty)
  • Ice cream pails
  • Margarine tubs
  • Medicine bottles
  • Pill bottles, tubs and jugs
  • Plastic jugs
  • Plastic tubs
  • Take-out containers (no Styrofoam)
  • Yogurt containers


Items made from more than one type of material cannot be recycled and should be placed in your waste cart.