What’s Recyclable and What’s Not

While Pro Disposal prides itself in offering convenient recycling solutions designed to make preparing recyclables simpler than ever before, there are a few rules that you should follow to ensure items that cannot be recycled are not mixed in with things you can recycle.

Below is a comprehensive list of whats recyclable and whats not, along with some helpful hints for our recycling customers:

Items You Can Recycle

There are many items you can recycle within Pro Disposals single-stream recycling program. Please note that the following items are accepted for recycling pick up:

  • Newspapers (including inserts)
  • Mixed paper
  • Phone books
  • Steel or tin cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic milk jugs
  • Corrugated cardboard (FLATTENED)
  • Chipboard (cereal and tissue boxes)
  • Plastic (#1 #7) plastic bottles or tubs
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Pie tins
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • Aluminum (do not crush)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Detergent bottles (Tide)
  • Bulk or junk mail
  • Styrofoam

Items that Cannot Be Recycled

The following items are not accepted into the Single Stream Recycling process. Some of these items are simply too large for processing or can cause damage to processing equipment. While glass bottles are OK, household glass is made from different materials that cannot mix with glass from bottles or jars. For plastic bag recycling, please check with your local grocery store, as they often have receptacles specifically to collect these products. Items that cannot be recycled include:

  • Plastic bags
  • To go plastic containers
  • plastic egg cartons
  • plastic plates, forks, spoons or knives
  • six pack holders
  • plastic syringes
  • Oils, paints, or batteries
  • Hazardous or bio-hazardous waste products such as needles and syringes
  • Ceramics, Pyrex containers or windshield glass.

Helpful Hints on Recycling Certain Products

Not sure whether the item is recyclable or not? Here are some quick rules of thumb to consider for materials many would consider recyclable:

Plastics: Only recycle plastic bottles and tubs. This is typically a #1 through #7 plastic and only pertains to the bottles and tubs. Here are some examples of plastic bottles that are okay to recycle:

  • Soda, water, and juice bottles
  • Liquid detergent and other cleaning supply bottles
  • Condiment bottles (ketchup, mustard, etc)
  • Milk jugs and orange juice jugs (no paper cartons)
  • Shampoo bottles and liquid soap dispensers
  • Peanut butter jars (please rinse out)
  • Butter and yogurt tubs

Steel:Please make sure any aerosol cans are totally empty. This would include containers such as shaving cream and hairspray cans. Labels are okay.

Cardboard:Make sure to flatten cardboard. No wax-lined cardboard is accepted in the recycling mix.

Bags: Only brown paper bags are recyclable. Do not attempt to recycle plastic bags.

Chip or Paperboard:These are things you can recycle, and include:

  • Cereal boxes
  • Soda Carrier boxes
  • Tissue holders
  • Other food boxes such as popcorn or microwave food boxes (not the cooking sleeves)
  • Paper egg cartons are okay
  • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes

Newspaper: We accept the entire newspaper including the inserts and ads.

Office Paper: All types of office paper are accepted. If you can tear it, we can take it. All colors are fine as well. Dont worry about paper clips, staples, tape, and sticky notes. These are all okay in the mix. NO TYVEK (polyethylene fiber) plastic or overnight mailing folders.

Bulk or Junk Mail: This material is okay as well. Do not worry about any stamps or staples or sticky notes in this material, either. Remember, if you can tear it, we can take it. Again, NO TYVEK (polyethylene fiber) plastic or overnight mailing folders.

Magazines, Catalogs, Phone Books: Please discard plastic bags around these items and items such as CDs and magnets. Everything else is okay.