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Residential Waste Carts

ACCEPTED AND PROHIBITED ITEMS

Learn what is and is not allowed in your Blue, Green, and Black carts.

If your waste involves a common non-hazardous material, chances are you can put it in a bin. But, if you’re not sure about a certain item, check out the lists below. Each list is an example of the items accepted in your blue, green, or black carts. The Unacceptable Waste Items list includes samples of items that cannot be safely disposed of in any of these carts. Contact the product manufacturer or your local landfill for information on how to recycle or dispose of these unaccepted items.

  • Acceptable Recycling Materials

    Always ensure all containers are rinsed and cleaned before placing them in your blue bin.

    • Paper and Cardboard

      Newspapers and magazines

      Inserts, flyers, and junk mail

      Catalogs and brochures

      Writing and computer paper

      Greeting cards and plain paper gift wrap

      Letters and envelopes (remove the plastic window)

      Paper bags

      Paperback and hardcover books

      Coffee cup sleeves (no cups)

      Shredded paper (tied up in a transparent bag)

      Cardboard boxes

      Shoe boxes

      Empty cereal and food boxes

      Toilet and paper towel tubes

      Soup and beverage cartons (Tetra Paks)

      Milk cartons and juice boxes

    • Metal and Glass (Empty and Rinse All Containers)

      Metal food cans

      Aluminum containers

      Clean glass jars and bottles

      Clean aluminum foil (crumpled into a ball)

    • Plastic Containers with Recycling Symbol 1-7 (Empty and Rinse all Containers)

      Milk jugs

      Yogurt and margarine containers

      Beverage and juice containers

      Clamshell food packaging

      Detergent and soap containers

      Shampoo and conditioner bottles

      Mouthwash bottle

      Non-toxic household cleaner bottles

    • Stretchy Plastic (Bundled Together in a Single Transparent Plastic Bag)

      Grocery and shopping bags

      Clean sandwich and freezer bags

      Clean, resealable/Ziploc bags

      Clean bread bags

      Dry cleaning bags

      Plastic overwrap (wrapping on toilet or paper towel or water bottle cases)

      Cling wrap

      Bubble wrap

    Do NOT place waxed cardboard, paper towels & tissues, ceramics, china, glass plates or cups, light bulbs, mirrors, Tupperware, Styrofoam, or batteries into your blue bin.

  • Acceptable Organic Materials
    • Food Waste

      Plate scrapings

      Fruits and vegetables (remove any stickers)

      Meat, poultry, and bones

      Fish, seafood, shellfish, and shells

      Baked goods (pastries, cookies, cake, muffins, etc.)

      Grains, bread, pasta, rice, beans, cereal

      Eggs and eggshells

      Dairy products (milk, cheese, sour cream, etc.)

      Hardened cooking oil, lard, butter, shortening, food grease

      Condiments, sauces, gravy, and jams

      Nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn, candy, etc.

      Coffee grounds and loose leaf tea

    • Food Soiled Paper

      Used paper plates

      Food soiled paper towel or napkins

      Greasy paper bags such as fast food bags or pizza boxes

      Coffee filters

    • Yard Waste

      Leaves, cones, needles, and berries

      Small plants, flowers, weeds, and soil

      Grass clippings and sod

      Small branches, twigs, and hedge prunings

    • Pet Waste (Must be Placed in a Certified Compostable or Paper Bag)

      Pet food and treats

      Animal waste and kitty litter

      Animal bedding from pet cages (wood shavings)

      Hair, fur, and feathers

    • Other Compostable Items (Must be Placed in a Certified Compostable or Paper Bag)

      Cold barbecue or fireplace ashes

      Untreated lumber

      Wood shavings

      Wooden chopsticks, popsicle sticks, and toothpicks

    Do NOT place plastic or biodegradable bags, diapers or personal hygiene items, painted or treated wood, plastic plates, cutlery, or cups, clothing, textiles, fabric, or food & beverage packaging into your green bin.

  • Acceptable Garbage Materials
    • Used Packaging

      Chip bags

      Frozen fruit pouches

      Baby food pouches

      Granola, chocolate bar and candy wrappers

      Food seals (yogurt container seals, pudding lids, etc.)

      Coffee bags

      Cellophane

      Butcher paper

    • Foam Containers and Packaging

      Foam cups, plates, and takeout containers

      Foam meat trays

      Foam blocks and packing peanuts

      Foam packaging from electronics, TV's etc.

    • Personal Hygiene Products

      All types of wipes - cleaning, makeup, etc.

      Diapers

      Lotion tubes

      Toothpaste tubes

      Dental floss

      Cotton swabs/balls

      Q-Tips

      Feminine hygiene products and applicators

    • Household cleaning and maintenance items

      Rubber garden hoses

      Sponges and scrub pads

      Vacuum cleaner dirt (bagged for dust control)

      Dryer lint and dryer sheets

      Furnace filters

      Disposable cleaning pads (Swiffer cloths)

      Rags or paper towels soiled with cleaning products

      Air fresheners (car fresheners, Glade plugins, etc.)

    • Non-Recyclable Plastics

      Plastic plates and cutlery

      Plastic lids and takeaway coffee cups

      Straws and stir sticks

      Bread tags

      Bottle caps and milk lids

      Safety seals

      Twist ties and elastics

      Cellophane

    • Various Household Items

      Food waste (if no organics program is available)

      General waste

      Small, unusable household appliances (toaster, kettle, etc.)

      Broken toys

      Automotive air filters or rubber belts

      Tape - all types

      Cigarette butts

      Used aluminum foil

  • Unacceptable Waste Items

    The following items must NOT be placed in your black garbage bin. Contact the product manufacturer or local landfill for information on how to dispose of these items.

    • NO Hazardous Waste

      Propane tanks and canisters

      Bear spray

      Aerosol cans

      Paint, paint thinners, or glues

      Cleaning chemicals and solvents

      Batteries and electronics

      Ammunition or explosives

      CFL and fluorescent bulbs

      Dead animals

      Asbestos

      Commercial hazardous waste

      Compressed gas cylinders (helium, freon)

      Old medication or medical waste (return to a pharmacist for disposal)

      Mercury thermometer

      Waste items that weigh over 20kg

      Waste items that are unsafe for the collector to access or handle

    • NO Automobile Waste

      Car batteries

      Car parts

      Tires

      Gasoline

      Motor oil

      Oil filters and containers

      Brake and transmission fluid

      Antifreeze

    • NO Oversized Items

      Large appliances (microwaves, stoves etc.)

      Mattresses

      Furniture (beds, dressers, tables, etc.)

      Water coolers

      Lumber or building materials

      Renovation materials

      Rolls of carpet

      Containers larger than 5 gallons

Front Load and Roll Off Bins

ACCEPTED AND PROHIBITED ITEMS

Learn what is and is not allowed in a Front Load or Roll Off Waste Bin.

If your waste removal project or debris clean-up involves common non-hazardous waste, chances are you can put it in a bin. But, if you’re not sure about a certain item, check out the lists below. Each list offers guidelines for both temporary bins and permanent bins. Temporary bins are rented for one-time waste removal projects, such as cleaning up after a renovation or a roofing project. Permanent bins are rented by businesses and organizations for on-going waste collection. There are different rules on what can go in each bin type, be sure to check out the right list for your bin container. If you are using a Front Load bin for Recycling or Organics collection, refer to the accepted items list above.

  • Acceptable Waste Items
    • Temporary Bin

      • Aerosol Cans

        Empty cans are allowed.

      • Appliances

        Dishwashers, microwaves and stoves are generally accepted in roll-off bins. Refrigerators are not accepted unless they’ve been drained of refrigerant.

      • Heavy Debris

        Asphalt, brick, concrete, dirt and other heavy debris are accepted in temporary bins.

      • Electronics

        Things like computer, printers and TVs are generally allowed. They may not be acceptable in some areas due to local regulations.

      • Furniture

        Beds, chairs, desks, dressers and tables are also usually accepted. They may not be acceptable in some areas due to local regulations.

      • Yard Waste

        Grass, dirt, leaves, logs, shrubs, small branches and stumps are generally accepted, but note that stumps may not be accepted in all locations.

    • Permanent Bin

      • General Waste

        All common generate waste is accepted in our bins.

      • Aerosol Cans

        Empty cans are allowed.

      • Food Waste

        All food waste is accepted in a front load bin.

      • Boxes and Packaging Materials

        Break down large boxes to avoid taking up extra space in your bin container.

      • Office Supplies and Electronics

        Electronics may not be accepted in all areas due to local regulations.

  • Unacceptable Waste Items

    While there are many items we can accept, some require separate disposal through a municipal or specialty service. These include any flammable, toxic or hazardous materials. Check out our lists for specific examples.

    • Temporary Bin

      Adhesives

      Asbestos

      Batteries

      Contaminated Absorbents and Soils

      Food Waste

      Fuel

      Industrial Drums

      Infectious Waste

      Ink and Resins

      Oils

      Paints and Lacquers

      Railroad Ties

      Refrigerators and Air Conditioners

      Tires

      Hot Water Tanks

    • Permanent Bin

      • Oil

        Motor oil, industrial lubricants and cooking oil cannot go in a dumpster.

      • Fuels

        All fuel types are prohibited in dumpsters due to their flammability.

      • Tires

        Not allowed in dumpsters due to the damage they can cause to landfills.

      • Car Batteries

        The toxic chemicals they contain cannot be mixed with other waste.

      • Air Conditioners

        They contain refrigerants that require specialized handling.

      • Liquid Chemicals

        Require specialized handling to be disposed of safely.

      • Asbestos

        Banned from most landfills because it is considered a carcinogen.

      • Industrial Drums

        Substances they contain may be hazardous.

      • Medical and Hazardous Waste

        Require specialized handling to be disposed of safely.

      • Roofing Materials

        Must be disposed of in a temporary dumpster.

      • Concrete, Brick and Asphalt

        Heavy debris like these must be disposed of in a temporary dumpster.

      • Construction Materials

        Materials such as drywall, lumber and flooring must be disposed of in a temporary dumpster.

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