Recycling contamination happens when an item that isn't recyclable winds up in the recycling bin instead of the trash. Every time this happens, the City incurs added expense to haul that item to the landfill. Please note: As of May, 2018, the City's contracted recycling vendor, RDS, is no longer accepting Plastics #3 - #7, but is still collecting Plastics #1 and #2.
Please always recycle these items:
Aluminum beverage cans, steel, and tin cans
Glass bottles, containers, and jars
Mixed paper, newspaper, and magazines
Pizza box lids (with no food scraps or grease)
Plastic water bottles
Plastic jugs, shampoo/soap bottles
Laundry detergent and cleaning supply containers
Plastics #1 and #2 Only
If you're not sure about a plastic item, check the bottom of the package for a recycling imprint to see what number it is. If it is a #1 or #2, it's recyclable. If it's any other number, or it's plastic but there is no imprint, please do not recycle it.
These are NOT recyclable:
Plastic grocery bags: see if you can return them to grocery store instead
Plastics #3 - #7
Small aluminum cans, such as cat food or tuna cans