WESTCHESTER COUNTY RECYCLING RULES

(Questions 914-813-5425 or westchestergov.com/recycling)

 

RECYCLE BINS LABELLED “PAPER, CARDBOARD”

Paper

Do: Use for newspapers, their glossy inserts, phone books, magazines, brochures, catalogs, colored and glossy periodicals, junk mail (letters, envelopes and promotional advertisements), and brown paper bags.

How:  Remove plastic linings and windows.  There is no need to remove staples.  Place items in a brown paper bag or loose in the recycling bin.

Do NOT place these items in plastic bags or in boxes.  Do not recycle paperback or hardcover books.

Cardboard

Do: Use for brown corrugated boxes, gray cardboard boxes (such as cereal,gift, diaper, tissue boxes, towel rolls).

How: Cardboard must be cleaned of excessive amounts of plastic adhesive tape and emptied of all packing materials.  Flatten and place boxes inside each other, or in another box, or tie together.

Do NOT recycle cardboard with any trace of food (e.g., greasy pizza boxes), or waxed cardboard (such as milk cartons).  Plastic and Styrofoam packing materials are NOT recyclable.  Put these items in the regular garbage.

RECYCLE BINS LABELLED “METAL, GLASS, PLASTIC, CARTONS”

RECYCLE BINS LABELLED “METAL, GLASS, PLASTIC, CARTONS"

Metal

Do: Use for food and beverage cans, clean aluminum foil and trays, and empty aerosol cans.

How: Rinse containers and place them loose in the recycling bin.  Labels need not be removed.  

Do NOT recycle conventional paint cans or metal containers that were filled with potentially hazardous materials such as pesticides, glues, paints, and solvents, or for wire hangars.

Glass

Do: Use for unbroken glass jars and bottles, any color, any size.

How: Rinse all containers.  Place jars, bottles and loose plastic and metal caps in the same recycling bin.  Labels need not be removed.

Do NOT recycle glass that is not used for packaging food or beverages, such as light bulbs, window and mirror glass, pesticide/herbicide bottles, etc.  Also, do not recycle ceramic ware (dishes, etc.), kitchen cookware, drinking glasses, crystal.  Put these items in the regular garbage.

Plastics 1 – 7

Do:  Use for plastic containers coded with any number between 1 and 7, commonly used for food, beverages, detergents, household cleaners and shampoos.  Find the number stamped on the bottom of the container, inside the recycling symbol (3 arrows forming a triangle).  Include coded pails and buckets, and flower pots and trays, rinsed free of soil.

How:   Containers should be rinsed out.  Plastic caps on jars and bottles are acceptable.  Labels need not be removed.  Place loose in the bin.

Do NOT recycle plastic bags (grocery, dry cleaning, packing material), vinyl, Styrofoam (cups, trays, packing materials), plastic hangers, tableware or utensils, any unmarked or non-coded plastics (including large rigid plastic toys, pools, furniture) and building materials.  Empty plastic containers which held potentially hazardous materials such as motor oil, pesticides, solvents, etc., regardless of their recycling code number, should be discarded with the regular garbage.

Cartons

Do:  Use for refrigerated food and beverage cartons (such as milk cartons, non-dairy beverages, soups, juice boxes, ice cream containers).

How:  Rinse cartons and place them loose in the bin.

Do NOT recycle paper cups and dishware, or juice/yogurt pouches.

 

NOTE: PLASTIC BAGS CANNOT BE RECYCLED IN EITHER BIN !!!

  DO NOT PLACE RECYCLABLES IN PLASTIC BAGS!!!

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