When in Doubt, Throw It Out

Please help make recycling a success by keeping these and other materials that may cause contamination out of your recycling container.
  • Scrap metal :  Scrap metal may be taken to a scrap dealer.
  • Styrofoam or any other form of foam packaging
  • Hazardous waste
  • Disposal diapers
  • Paper towel or tissue paper
  • Textiles, fabric or clothing
  • Ceramics, chinaware porcelain or Pyrex dishware
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Liquids
  • Mirrors
  • Window glass
  • Light bulbs : Home Depot and Lowe's have a recycling drop off for CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light  Bulbs) all other light bulbs can be placed in the trash.
  • Batteries : It is not necessary to bring alkaline household batteries to a HHW collection site. They may be thrown in the trash.
  • Syringes/Needles
  • Computer and electronic equipment
  • Plastics #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) : Bread bags, food wrapping and shopping bags are some examples of this type of plastic. LDPE is


    recycled through curbside programs
    . Plastic shopping bags can be returned to many stores for recycling. Recyclables should never be put in plastic bags. Plastic trash bags should be used for trash only.

Latex Paint

Please try donating your left over paint first to local theater groups, sign painters or schools. Latex paint is not a hazardous waste which means it can be put out with your regular trash after it has been solidified. This can be accomplished by simply removing the lid and allowing it to harden, mixing it with sawdust, kitty litter or rags. Do not replace the lid so the hauler knows all liquid has been absorbed.

Oil-Based Paint

Save oil-based paint for a household hazardous waste collection day. If none are scheduled, you can mix it with an absorbent material like sawdust, clay-based cat litter, or rags. Small quantities can be mixed in the can. Larger quantities can be mixed in a box with a plastic bag lining. Stir with a stick until all the paint is absorbed. Mix outside away from pets and children and be sure to wear gloves. Avoid this procedure if you have chronic respiratory problems. Once the paint is completely dry, put it in your trash.