When in Doubt, Throw It Out

This page has information about which items can’t be recycled. 

Items that can't be recycled

These items may cause contamination. Please keep them out of your recycling. 

  • Batteries -  alkaline household batteries may be thrown in the trash. They don't need to go to a collection site. 
  • Books
  • Ceramics, chinaware porcelain or Pyrex dishware
  • Computer and electronic equipment 
  • Disposable diapers 
  • Hazardous waste - see our guidance page
  • Light bulbs - Home Depot and Lowe's have a recycling drop off for Compact Fluorescent Light  Bulbs (CFLs). 
    All other light bulbs can be placed in the trash.
  • Liquids
  • Mirrors and window glass - please wrap in cardboard and tape securely.
  • Paper towel or tissue paper
  • Plastics (low density #4) - such as bread bags, food wrapping and shopping bags. See our guidance on plastics.  
  • Scrap metal -  try taking it to your local scrap dealer. 
  • Smoke alarms
  • Styrofoam or any other form of foam packaging
  • Syringes or Needles - see our guidance on how to dispose of these safely
  • Textiles, fabric or clothing
  • Toys

Latex Paint

Latex paint is not considered a hazardous waste. 

You can either: 

  • donate left-over paint to local theater groups, sign painters or school
  • let it dry out and then put it out with your regular trash. 

To dry out left-over paint, remove the lid and allow the paint to harden. You can also mix it with sawdust, kitty litter or rags. 
Leave the lid off so the hauler knows the paint has dried. Cans of wet paint won’t be collected. 

Oil-Based Paint

Oil-based paint is considered a hazardous waste. 

You can either: 

Mix the paint outside away from pets and children, and be sure to wear gloves. Don’t do this if you have chronic respiratory problems.