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What to Recycle

Recycling 101 for your Illinois or Wisconsin home, apartment or commercial recycling program


  • Newspaper (with inserts)
  • Magazines/Catalogs
    • Glossy & Non-glossy
  • Telephone Directories
  • Office/School Paper
  • Advertising/Junk Mail
  • Kraft Brown Paper Bags
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Paperboard/Chipboard
    • Cereal Boxes
    • Pasta Boxes
    • Clothing Boxes
    • Tissue Boxes


  • All plastic bottles and containers with these symbols underneath. 
    Examples are:
    • Plastic beverage and food containers
    • Milk, water and juice bottles
    • Liquid detergent, fabric softener, bleach, shampoo
    • Yogurt cups
    • Vegetable oil bottles


  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel or Tin Cans


  • Bottles and Jars Only.
  • Brown, Green and Clear Glass.


  • Juice Boxes.
  • Milk Cartons

Recycling Preparation

  • All materials may be mixed together.
  • Paper may be placed in paper bags (optional).
  • Flatten all corrugated cardboard and paperboard boxes.
  • Remove any non-paper packing material
  • Rinse all recyclables free of food residue and remove lids.
  • Use PAPER bags when possible.
  • It is okay to leave the caps on your plastic containers.

DO NOT: For the Love of Recycling

  • DO NOT: recycle wire hangers (please return to your cleaners).
  • DO NOT: recycle mirrors, lightbulbs, window glass, or ceramics in recycling container.
  • DO NOT: include soiled paper fibers (oily pizza boxes, paper napkins, etc.)
  • DO NOT: recycle batteries.
  • DO NOT: place materials in plastic bags.
  • DO NOT: include styrofoam, wood, plastic film, plastic bags, plastic toys, or diapers in recycling containers.
  • DO NOT: recycle electronics.
* Discard all recyclables in the designated container(s).
** Please! DO NOT throw garbage in the container(s).

For more information on where and how to recycle the items listed below

  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Electronic Waste
  • Medical Waste
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Motor Oil & Tires
  • Paint
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