Let’s Get Specific about Recycling

By Andrea Davis on May 9, 2019

Recycling is confusing. We get it. We also know that most people know how important it is to put only accepted items in their recycling and want to get it right. And we want to help you get it right. But it’s difficult, if not impossible, to put very specific, detailed lists of what’s accepted on all our recycling containers and recycling guidelines.  So, we’re providing this more specific list of items that we hope will help a lot.

MIXED PAPER

Do

  • Newspaper (including inserts)
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Phone books
  • Softcover books
  • “Junk” mail (direct mailers, postcards, etc.)
  • Envelopes
  • Printing and writing papers

Don’t

  • Hardcover books
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins or paper towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • String, twine, stickers, coins or plastic stuck on papers

TIN CANS & ALUMINUM

Do

  • Aluminum cans
  • Tin cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Foil trays and containers

Don’t

  • Metal hangers
  • Fencing
  • Appliances
  • Paint cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Silverware
  • Batteries (rechargeable or disposable)
  • Electronics
  • Scrap metal of any kind

BOXBOARD

 

Do

  • Tissue boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Other dry goods (food) boxes
  • Rolls (found inside of toilet paper, paper towel, wrapping paper, etc.)

Don’t

  • Wax-coated or foil-coated boxes
  • Boxes meant to go in refrigerator or freezer (boxes for frozen dinners, waffles, etc.)
  • 6-, 12- or 24-pack beverage cases
  • Disposable coffee cups 

CORRUGATED CARDBOARD

Do

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Brown paper bags

Don’t

  • Wax-coated boxes
  • 6-, 12- or 24-pack beverage cases
  • Pizza boxes
  • Packing material inside boxes

PLASTIC BOTTLES, JUGS, TUBS & CONTAINERS

Do

  • Water & beverage bottles
  • Laundry detergent bottles
  • Soap, body wash & shampoo bottles
  • Margarine, butter & sour cream tubs
  • Cottage cheese & yogurt tubs
  • Condiment bottles
  • Microwave trays
  • Yogurt cups
  • Clear plastic cups

Don’t

  • Plastic bags (unless you’re in Kent or Ottawa County)
  • Cartons (unless you’re in Kent or Ottawa County)
  • Syringes
  • Garden hoses
  • Furniture
  • Buckets
  • Plastic toys
  • Laundry baskets
  • Plant pots
  • Plastic silverware
  • Non-disposable dishes or containers (Rubbermaid containers, etc.)
  • Foam or Styrofoam (polystyrene)
  • Toothpaste tubes

CLEAR & COLORED (all colors) GLASS (not accepted in all areas)

Do

  • Glass beverage bottles
  • Glass food jars (pickles, olives, sauces, salsa, condiments, etc.)

Don’t

  • Light bulbs
  • Window glass
  • Mirrors
  • Drinking glasses
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Reusable Pyrex-style dishes or other containers
  • Glass or ceramic figurines or other decorative items
  • Vases

 

Remember, for an item to be acceptable, it should be empty and clean with no food or product residue.

Please note, this list doesn’t include everything and should not be considered exhaustive. Additionally, recycling options different may be available for some items listed as not accepted through other recycling program. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us at info@grangernet.com to ask about specific items. And if you’re really in doubt, please leave it out.