Recycling Cheat Sheet

Want to know what can be recycled? Keep this cheat sheet handy. Put it on your fridge or in your company backroom



Plastic Resin Identification Codes are found on plastic products and are helpful for knowing if they are economical to recycle

1 & 2 RESIN CODES are commonly used in beverage bottle and milk jugs, are accepted in curbside recycling programs and are great for recycling

3-7 RESIN CODES are found in personal care products, clear wrap in food packaging, ketchup bottles, medicine bottles and foamed from takeout food packaging and are not economical to recycle



Glass from food and beverage containers is a great recycling material. Most recycling programs will separate clear from colored bottles at the facility so you don't have to.



Never dump motor oil down the drain! instead, take it to the garage or auto-supply store that sells motor oil.



97% of lead-acid car batteries are recycled. Most stores that sell car batteries will accept your old one for recycling.

Dry cell batteries (9-volt, D, C, AA, AAA, button, circular and rectangular) can be recycled at many large retail stores that have bins set out for them.


Paper and Cardboard

Good for recycling

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Catalogues
  • Paper bags
  • Wrapping paper
  • Soft-cover books
  • Telephone books
  • File folders
  • Paper cups
  • White and colorful paper
  • Copy paper (Staples are OK)
  • Envelopes, including window envelopes
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes*

Not for recycling

  • Paper towels or tissues
  • Napkins
  • Soiled paper plates or cups
  • Plastic or wax coated paper
  • Candy bar wrappers
  • Photopaper
  • Hardcover Books