What Items Can't Be Recycled?

Confused about what can and can't be recycled? Here is a more detailed list.

Items that cannot go in the recycling depot or blue cart


No hazardous materials

  • Aerosol cans
  • Lighters
  • Smoke detectors
  • Car batteries
  • Oil
  • Thermometers
  • Cleaning products
  • Paint cans
  • Needles
  • Gardening products
  • Products for your vehicle
  • Other products with a hazardous symbol
  • Helium tanks
  • Propane tanks, bear spray or canisters


No scrap metal

  • Aluminum siding
  • Electrical wire
  • Shelving racks
  • Car parts
  • Pots and pans
  • Wire coat hangers


No foam cups, food containers or packaging

  • Polystyrene foam packing materials, cups, food containers and trays, even if it has a recycling symbol #6, must be placed in the garbage.



No construction materials

  • Bricks

  • Concrete
  • Drywall
  • Nails
  • Tile
  • Wood



No electronics

  • Computer monitors

  • CPUs
  • Printers
  • TVs


No houseware items

  • Ceramics
  • Dishes
  • Drinking glasses
  • Garden hoses
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Small appliances
  • Utensils



No toys, sporting goods, shoes or clothing

  • Try to donate these items if possible.


No multi-material packaging

Place these items in your garbage.

  • Deodorant sticks
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Foil from yogurt containers
  • Frozen juice containers
  • Single-serve coffee packages.

  • Items made from more than one type of material, for example paper and plastic.


No food or yard waste

  • Place these items in your garbage



No miscellaneous plastics, even if they have a recycling symbol

  • Forks and spoons
  • Laundry baskets
  • Pens
  • Plastic knives
  • Straws




No dirty items

  • Materials need to be free of food, liquids and other residue.

Tip: After you've finished washing the dishes in the sink, rinse out your recyclables with the same water.