Garden hoses and other long pieces of rubber don't belong in the recycling bin.
Any kind of plastic or glass bottles are recyclable and you should fasten the lid to them so it gets recycled. If the lid can't be fastened, put it in the garbage.
All forms of rigid plastic (buckets, lawn chairs, large bins, children's toys) can be recycled, as long as they fit in your blue bin. You can also chop them into smaller pieces to fit them in the bin.
Pizza boxes must be clean to be recycled. If they have food scraps or they're saturated with grease stains, they will contaminate the other recyclables.
All recyclables go through city sorting centers. Anything that isn't allowed is sent to the landfill.
The city goes through thousands of pounds of recycling every day.
Loose plastic (like bags, dry cleaning wrapping, or bubble wrap) can clog the conveyor belts and shut down a recycling center.
After it gets sorted, recyclables are pressed into bales and bought by companies that will reuse them.
You can't recycle plastic straws and utensils. And do city workers a favor - no pet poop in the blue bin.
You can recycle plastic bags - just take them back to the store.
These are no-no's! Contact the city to make sure they're recycled.
The city is trying to eliminate waste by 2040. Recycling is key to that effort.