Recycling & Waste Management

Take Some Action Introduction - Let's Get Specific About What & How

In this section, we’ll give you information on all the items you can recycle in each major recycling category.

But first, you should be aware of some recycling etiquette, courtesy of the National Recycling Coalition...

  • The first rule of thumb is that cleanliness counts. You should rinse cans, jars, and bottles if they have residue in them. You should also keep cardboard and paper from getting damp. And generally don’t try to recycle greasy pizza boxes or food-soiled paper. Doing these things keeps costs down.

  • A second rule of thumb is to try hard to be an accurate recycler. Check with your recycling company or read the side of your recycling bins to learn the proper guidelines for exactly what you can and can’t recycle and how items should be sorted. For example, maybe you can recycle milk jugs but not their caps.
Also take advantage of some helpful recycling tips before you dive in. The EPA offers some great tips here.

Recycling Photo by Neubie. Some rights reserved.

Now on to the specifics! This article by explains all the random odds and ends you can recycle these days and how to go about it. It also debunks some of the outdated myths about what you can’t recycle.

For the more common recyclable items, check out each page to learn more…
And beyond recycling, you can learn more about taking action through…

If you have trouble finding a recycling center or service for the items you want to recycle, visit Earth 911, simply type in your zip code and they will tell you all about places or services in your area where you can recycle specific items. Also check out, which offers recycling centers listed by state and by large cities.

Once you start recycling and start making a difference, check out the National Recycling Coalition’s Conversionator to see how much of a positive impact you’re making! Go to their website and scroll to the bottom of the screen. The Conversionator is the middle option!