Can these items be dropped in your blue or green recycling bin?
The answers may surprise you.
No. Foam egg cartons should be thrown in the trash. Egg cartons made of paper fiber can be recycled at curbside.
Yes. Aerosol cans emptied of their contents can be recycled at curbside.
No. Holiday lights cannot be recycled at curbside. They can be thrown in the trash, taken to the county Ecopark for proper recycling, or dropped off at some retail stores that sell such lights.
Plastic baggie (Photo: Monroe County/Chris Lyons)
No. Plastic bags cannot be recycled at curbside. Many types of plastic bags, including sandwich bags, can be taken back to retailers for recycling there.
No. Plastic knives, forks and spoons cannot be recycled. Avoid using them when possible. Throw used plastic tableware in the trash.
Yes. Cardboard boxes can be recycled at curbside. Break down or cut up boxes to manageable sizes if possible.
Yes. Plastic bottles and jugs that contained detergent and other products can be recycled at curbside. Make sure to rinse them out first.
Yes. Empty aluminum cans can be recycled at curbside. Those that contained beer, soda and water also can be returned to retailers for the 5-cent deposit.
No. Food containers such as pizza boxes that are cleansed of food waste can be recycled at curbside. However, containers that are soiled with food waste or scraps should be thrown in the trash.
Yes. Mail, including envelopes with clear windows, can be recycled at curbside. But throw away envelopes lined with bubble wrap.
No. Plastic straws cannot be recycled at curbside. Avoid using them if possible; if use is unavoidable, throw them in the trash.
To learn more about recycling in Monroe County, visit their main residential recycling web page or their new Recyclopedia.
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