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Residential/Home Recycling Guide

Waste Connections is proud to serve residential facilities and homeowners as their dedicated recycling partner throughout the USA. We care about a cleaner environment and are increasing our efforts to make recycling in your area easier and more convenient. Our offerings across our network include:

  • Single or multiple-dumpster collection service
  • Separated or combined recyclables collection programs
  • Green waste recycling programs
  • Cardboard, newspaper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass container, and electronics recycling

To help our customers continue to recycle as much as possible, we’ve developed a comprehensive overview on what you can recycle and how recycling works.

What is Recycling & Why You Should Recycle

Recycling is when certain materials are collected, processed and made reusable. While not all materials can be recycled, most can. Trash & waste generate toxic chemicals and greenhouse gasses from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps the environment by reducing the overall amount of pollution caused by waste, landfills, etc.

How Does Recycling Work

Recycling first depends on people making the choice to do so. When recycling, it’s extremely important to clean every item so it’s spotless. This prevents other materials from becoming contaminated while being transported to recycling facilities. When recycle dumpsters are full, they are then collected by Waste Connections at a curbside, multi-family dwelling, or business.

Once materials are delivered to a recycling facility, or material recovery facility (MRF), they are sorted and organized by material types. Sorted materials are then inspected for final quality control clean-up before being baled (compressed) together and staged for sale to end markets.

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What residential items CAN’T be recycled via curbside collection


  • Propane canisters
  • Needles
  • Flammable liquids
  • Helium tanks
  • Knives
  • Butane canisters
  • Bear spray
  • Ammunition
  • Flares
  • Electronics
  • Batteries for e-cigarettes
  • Lighters and matches
  • Household batteries
  • Ceramic plant pots
  • Paint
  • Straws


  • Hardcover or paperback books (donate or sell)
  • Ribbons or bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries
  • Rubber bands

Paper Packaging/Cardboard:

  • Cardboard boxes with wax coating
  • Paper bags with multiple layers that include a foil layer
  • Paper bags with a plastic layer
  • Paper towels, napkins
  • Tissues

Plastic Containers:

  • Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or antifreeze products
  • Packaging labeled biodegradable or compostable
  • Liquid-absorbing pads, e.g., in trays of meat, poultry, fish, etc.
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic blister packs e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for chewing gum and pills
  • Lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture or toys
  • Garden hoses
  • Plastic string or rope
  • Plastic paint cans
  • Pails for lubricants and oils
  • Microwavable bowls with metal rims
  • Plastic or foil lids from coffee and tea pods

Aluminum Containers:

  • Spray paint cans
  • Aerosol cans with any contents remaining
  • Propane cylinders
  • Foil-lined cardboard take-out containers and lids

Steel Containers:

  • Steel paint cans
  • Coat hangers (return to dry cleaners)
  • Pots, pans and baking trays
  • Propane cylinders
  • Metal toys
  • Appliances
  • Metal hardware or other scrap metal
  • Wiring or metal cords, extension cords

Glass Bottles & Jars:

  • Drinking glasses or dishes, cookware
  • Whole or broken window glass or mirrors
  • Ceramic products
  • Light bulbs and light fixtures

Plastic Bags/Overwrap:

  • Kitchen stretch wrap
  • Packaging labeled biodegradable or compostable
  • Lumber or construction wrap
  • Garbage bags

Foam Packaging:

  • Liquid-absorbing pads used in trays for meat, poultry, fish, etc.
  • Labels, tape, paper and cardboard on foam packaging
  • Foam peanuts, packing chips, or noodles
  • Blue or pink foam board insulation
  • Squishy or flexible foam
  • Furniture cushions

Misc. Flexible Plastic Packaging:

  • Plastic squeeze tubes
  • Plastic-lined paper
  • Cellophane wrap
  • Plastic strapping
  • 6-pack ring
  • Biodegradable plastic
  • PVC/vinyl
  • Squishy foam
  • Plastic blister packs e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for chewing gum and pills

What happens to my recycling?

When recyclable materials are organized, they are shipped off to different markets for processing into new raw materials.

Many of the most common items/materials - plastic bottles and papers - are recycled back to their original state/product. This effectively eliminates the ‘life cycle’ of these products, as they can continue to be recycled and reused. Other more complex materials that are recycled are used in creating totally new products, ranging from furniture to clothes.

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