There are many common household materials that can be donated, reused or taken to a scrap dealer for recycling that are
not appropriate for your County recycling cart.
Use the provided links to view short videos about those items that are the
Film or Foam Plastics - that means plastic bags, bubble wrap, pool covers and anything made from Styrofoam.
Other Random Plastics - that means toys, hangers, packing peanuts, garden hoses, etc. (If it's not a container marked #1 -#7, don't put it in your recycle bin.)
"Stringy Things" - that means hoses, ropes, wires, strands of lights, etc.
Clothing - clothing, including shoes, is a reuse item. Donate, sell, trade, upcycle, use for rags...just don't put clothing in the recycle bin.
Scrap Metal - the only metal items that belong in your recycle bin are aluminum or metal cans, lids, foil or disposable trays.
Do Not Recycle
Aluminum: pots and pans, cooking utensils, door screens, lawn furniture
Glass: medicine bottles, dishes, drinking glasses, windows and mirrors, cookware (such as Pyrex or Corningware)
Metal: tools, car parts, license plates, cutlery
Paper: shredded paper, paper packaging with wax layer such as in juice boxes or waxed cardboard
Plastic: plastic bags, pool chemical bottles, motor oil and antifreeze containers, household chemical waste containers, flower pots (except black #2), medicine vials, egg cartons, polystyrene trays, newspaper sleeves, Styrofoam
Rubber: hoses, tubing
These items need to be disposed of with the regular household garbage. Please note that most grocery stores have a recycling container to return clean plastic bags as well as Styrofoam egg cartons and clean meat trays.
If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to call one of our friendly customer service representatives at 239-533-8000.
What's wrong with these recycling containers?
Plastic film DOES NOT go in the recycle cart.
Place it with your regular trash and we will turn it into electricity.
Car mats go in the garbage --
not the recycle cart.
Yard Waste is decomposable and will be reused but does not belong
in your recycle cart. Plastic film and
air filters should be placed in the garbage.