What belongs in each container?

Commonly disposed of items are included in the searchable list below. Contact us for information regarding any unlisted item. Proper sorting makes a difference. Avoid contamination by sorting your recyclables properly. Click here for a list of common items that contaminate the recyclables stream. For proper disposal instructions for HAZARDOUS WASTE visit www.StopWaste.org/hhw

Lid Flip Program


Have you seen ACI Personnel in yellow vests looking in collection containers?
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An “OOPS tag” is a gentle reminder to properly sort your waste. Proper sorting is the law.

– Please remember that only compostable/organic materials belongs in the green organic collection containers. No metal, glass, or plastic.

– Make sure everything in your blue recycling collection container is recyclable. No personal hygiene items, Styrofoam®, or hazardous waste.

Use the charts on this page to see what belongs in each container. Thank you for your efforts!



6-pack rings (please cut) - GARBAGEaerosol cans (empty) - RECYCLABLESbones - ORGANICSbatteries - HAZARDOUS WASTE
ash, fireplace & BBQ (damp, cold and contained) - GARBAGEaluminum cans - RECYCLABLESbread - ORGANICScamp stove fuel tanks -HAZARDOUS WASTE
binders (plastic) - GARBAGEaluminum foil - RECYCLABLEScactus - ORGANICSCFL lightbulbs - HAZARDOUS WASTE
bubble wrap - GARBAGEaluminum pans - RECYCLABLEScereal - ORGANICScleaning products (toxic) - HAZARDOUS WASTE
candles - GARBAGEaseptic containers - RECYCLABLEScheese - ORGANICScomputer hard drives/peripherals - HAZARDOUS WASTE
carbon paper - GARBAGEbleach bottles (empty) - RECYCLABLESchopsticks (wooden) - ORGANICScomputer monitors - HAZARDOUS WASTE
cds - GARBAGEboxes (shipping) - RECYCLABLEScoffee cups (paper only - not plastic lined) - ORGANICSelectronics - HAZARDOUS WASTE
cello wrap around flower bouquets - GARBAGEcans, food (bi-metal/tin) - RECYCLABLEScoffee grounds - ORGANICSe-waste - HAZARDOUS WASTE
ceramics (including tile) - GARBAGEcarbonless paper - RECYCLABLEScoffee filters (paper) - ORGANICSfax machines - HAZARDOUS WASTE
chewing gum - GARBAGEcardboard (flatten/cut large or multiple boxes) - RECYCLABLESdairy products - ORGANICSfertilizers - HAZARDOUS WASTE
cosmetics containers with residue - GARBAGEcatalogs - RECYCLABLESeggs & egg shells - ORGANICSfluorescent lightblubs - HAZARDOUS WASTE
cotton balls (soiled) - GARBAGEcereal boxes - RECYCLABLESfacial tissue - ORGANICSlancets - HAZARDOUS WASTE
computer diskettes - GARBAGEcomputer paper - RECYCLABLESflowers - ORGANICSlye - HAZARDOUS WASTE
deodorant casing - GARBAGEcookie sheets - RECYCLABLESfood-soiled paper (paper plates, towels, napkins) - ORGANICSmedications - HAZARDOUS WASTE
diapers - GARBAGEdetergent bottles - RECYCLABLESfruit, peels, pits, & rinds - ORGANICSneedles - HAZARDOUS WASTE
feminine products - GARBAGEjuice bottles - RECYCLABLESgrains - ORGANICSpaint - HAZARDOUS WASTE
foam (all types) - GARBAGEdrink boxes (juice) - RECYCLABLESgrass cuttings - ORGANICSpaint remover - HAZARDOUS WASTE
glass cups & glasses - GARBAGEegg cartons (paper) - RECYCLABLEShouseplants - ORGANICSpesticides - HAZARDOUS WASTE
hangers (dry cleaners will take back hangers) - GARBAGEenvelopes with metal clasps - RECYCLABLESice cream sticks (wooden) - ORGANICSphoto chemicals - HAZARDOUS WASTE
hose (garden or rubber - GARBAGEfrozen food boxes - RECYCLABLESleaves - ORGANICSpoisons - HAZARDOUS WASTE
ice cream wrappers (plastic) - GARBAGEfruit baskets (plastic, and if labeled 1-7) - RECYCLABLESmeat - ORGANICSpool chemicals - HAZARDOUS WASTE
laminated items - GARBAGEglass bottles & jars only - RECYCLABLESnewspaper (food-soiled) - ORGANICSpressurized tanks - HAZARDOUS WASTE
light bulbs (no fluorescent) - GARBAGEgrocery bags (paper) - RECYCLABLESpaper take-out cartons without metal handles - ORGANICSprinters - HAZARDOUS WASTE
metal cable wire - GARBAGEhardbound books - RECYCLABLESpasta - ORGANICSsmoke detectors - HAZARDOUS WASTE
metallic wrapping paper - GARBAGEice cream cartons (rinsed) - RECYCLABLESpizza boxes (leftover pizza) - ORGANICStelevision (tv) - HAZARDOUS WASTE
mirrors - GARBAGEjunk mail - RECYCLABLESprunings - ORGANICSthermometers - HAZARDOUS WASTE
nails - GARBAGEmagazines - RECYCLABLESrice & other grains - ORGANICSvarnish - HAZARDOUS WASTE
nylon - GARBAGEmilk cartons (paper, rinsed) - RECYCLABLESsawdust - ORGANICStreated wood waste* - HAZARDOUS WASTE
packing peanuts (to take to shipping stores) - GARBAGEnewspapers (including inserts) - RECYCLABLESshrubs - ORGANICS
paper clips - GARBAGEpaint cans (empty latex) - RECYCLABLEStea bags/tea bag with staples - ORGANICS
paper used for cleaning (soiled) - GARBAGEpaper (adhesive/post-its) - RECYCLABLEStree twigs and branches up to 6" in diameter - ORGANICS
pencils with erasers - GARBAGEpaper packaging with remnant tape - RECYCLABLEStrees (holiday, unflocked) - ORGANICS
pens (ink) - GARBAGEpaper towel & toilet paper tubes - RECYCLABLESvegetables, peels, pits, & rinds - ORGANICS
pet feces - GARBAGEphone books - RECYCLABLESwaxed cardboard - ORGANICS
plants (plastic) - GARBAGEplastics labeled 1-7 - RECYCLABLESwaxed paper (food-soiled) - ORGANICS
plastic bags (can also be taken back to grocery stores) - GARBAGEpots & pans - RECYCLABLESwaxed paper containers/cups - ORGANICS
plastics (unmarked or not marked with a 1-7) - GARBAGEsalad dressing bottles - RECYCLABLESweeds - ORGANICS
plastic film - GARBAGEscrap metal - RECYCLABLESwine corks - ORGANICS
plastic wrap - GARBAGEshampoo bottles - RECYCLABLESwood (uncoated, untreated) - ORGANICS
polystryrene - GARBAGEshoe boxes - RECYCLABLESyard waste - ORGANICS
Q-tips ® (with paper wooden wand) - GARBAGEsoft drink bottles - RECYCLABLES
Q-tips ® (with plastic wand) - GARBAGEsoup boxes - RECYCLABLES
records/tapes & CDs - GARBAGEsoy milk boxes - RECYCLABLES
report covers (plastic) - GARBAGEtub-type containers such as those used for yogurt, cottage cheese, and margarine if labeled 1-7 - RECYCLABLES
rubber bands - GARBAGEwater jugs - RECYCLABLES
rubber stamps - GARBAGETetrapak ® shelf stable containers (milk alternatives, soup, juice, broth, etc.) - RECYCLABLES
rubber/neoprene - GARBAGE
rugs/mats - GARBAGE
sponges - GARBAGE
straws/stir sticks (plastic) - GARBAGE
stuffed animals/toys (unwanted or can't be donated) - GARBAGE
Styrofoam ® - GARBAGE
tape: duct/masking/scotch - GARBAGE
tempered glass (corning ware, pyrex) - GARBAGE
textiles - GARBAGE
toothpaste tubes - GARBAGE
transparencies/microfilm/negatives (acetate) - GARBAGE
utensils (plastic) - GARBAGE
vacuum bags - GARBAGE
window glass - GARBAGE
Treated Wood Waste (TWW) comes from old wood that has been treated with chemical preservatives. These chemicals help protect the wood from insect attack and fungal decay while it’s being used. Fence posts, sill plates, landscape timbers, pilings, guardrails, and decking, to name a few, are all examples of chemically treated wood. As of January 1, 2021, Treated Wood Waste (TWW) will be considered hazardous material and must be disposed of as such. For more information about treated wood waste and where to transport it, please click here.