Accepted & Not Accepted
Aluminum Foil & Pans Don't Shred Like Cans
Aluminum cans shred nicely when reprocessed because they are inflexible. However, bendable aluminum foil and pans get stuck on the blades and gunk up the machines. For now, foil goes in the garbage.
Pizza Boxes are a No-Go Due to Food Residue
The cardboard used for pizza boxes is recyclable, but the food residue makes a non-recyclable material. If half the box is free of grease and cheese, then you can tear it in half and recycle the grease free portion.
Learn more about delivery, takeout and frozen pizza boxes.
Plastic Bags Damage Equipment
Plastic bags are not accepted because they wrap around the sorting machinery - damaging equipment. Most local grocery stores have receptacles to collect plastic bags and recycle them through a different process. Learn more about how to recycle plastic bags.
Contain Shredded Paper in Paper Sack or Box
Shredded paper must be contained in a sealed paper sack or cardboard box; otherwise, the pieces fall through the cracks of the sorting machinery, end up on the floor and then head to the landfill. You can seal paper sacks and boxes with tape or staples.
Learn other local options for recycling confidential documents.
Hazardous Plastic Containers
Many hazardous waste containers have twist-off caps, but they can't be recycled in the Curb It! program due to the hazardous material they once contained. Take them to the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off - half full or empty.
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|Not Accepted |
|Plastic Bags |
|Pizza Boxes |
|Glass Dishes |
|Aluminum Pans & Foil |
|Plastic Storage Containers |
| Hazardous Waste |
|Garbage & Yard Waste |
What Makes It Recyclable?
There are two things that make something recyclable:
- A manufacturer has a demand for the product and the ability to reuse it.
- The recycling sorting facility has a process to separate the material from the others.
When these factors align, residents can recycle the product in their Curb It! carts. Metro Waste Authority works continually with its partners to determine if new materials can be included in the program. Other communities around the U.S. have different products that are accepted and not accepted based on the factors above.
The local recycling guidelines are listed below. The rules at home also apply at work. You can download a flyer to post at home or work.