Quick Tips for Recycling

Recycling is one of the best ways to have a positive impact on our environment. It conserves resources and saves energy, all while reducing the amount of garbage in landfills, greenhouse gases, and pollutants.

What Can I Recycle?

What you can recycle

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Plastic

  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers, tubs, and lids
  • Plastic one-use cups (no lids or straws)

What you can't recycle

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Plastic

  • Loose bottle caps
  • Plastic bags and wrap
  • Plastic plates, bowls, and utensils
  • Prescription bottles
  • Single-use coffee containers 
  • Styrofoam cups, containers, and packing peanuts
  • Water filters

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Paper 

  • Cardboard and boxboard
  • Food and beverage cartons
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines and newspaper inserts
  • Newsprint
  • Office paper
  • Pizza boxes

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Paper 

  • Gift wraps and gift bags
  • Ice cream containers
  • Paper cups
  • Shredded paper
  • Take-out containers
  • Tissue paper

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Metal 

  • Food grade aerosol containers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cans and bottles
  • Foil containers
  • Metal lids from cans and bottles

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Metal

  • Aerosol containers (Deodorizers, cleaners, pesticides)
  • Foil tops from yogurt containers
  • Paint cans
  • Pots and pans
  • Small pieces of scrap metal
  • Spiral wound containers

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Glass 

  • Beverage bottles and jars
  • Food bottles and jars

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Glass 

  • Ceramic mugs and plates
  • Drinking glasses

Confused about recycling?

Click the button above to search any item and learn whether or not you can recycle it! Info courtesy of RecycleCT.