Making the most of your home bin is an easy way to recycle more. Look here to discover what should and shouldn’t get set by the curb.
Want to learn which materials can be recycled at home, which can't and why? Get the what, how and whys of residential recycling.
Please put the following together in your roll cart or in one recycling bin or container:
Place in a separate bin or container:
Please, no plastic bags! They clog the equipment at sorting facilities.
Find out why plastic bags can't be recycled at home and why glass must be separated from all other recyclables. Learn more
If you live in a home ranging in size from a single-family residence to a four-plex, you can also set out additional items at the curb:
Never put motor oil in the garbage, sink or storm drain. Instead, recycle it next to your roll cart or bin in clear, leakproof plastic containers with tight screw-top lids. Clean, empty milk jugs or juice and soda bottles work well. Please, no containers larger than 1 gallon. Don't contaminate oil with other fluids.
Most communities in the metropolitan area offer curbside yard debris collection, but service varies. Call your garbage hauler or local government solid waste and recycling office for information.
Ever wonder how recycling works? View a video that follows paper, aluminum, steel, plastic and glass through the recycling process - from your recycling bin to a material recovery center and then into new products.
From packing peanuts to propane tanks, get sustainable solutions for unwanted materials using Metro's recycler directory with more than 400 local recycling and reuse sites.