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A to Z Waste Disposal Index

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Find the right place for each kind of waste!

 

Choosing the correct method for disposing of things you don't want or need is an important way to Green Your Routine.  Putting each type of waste in its proper place channels it into the part of the waste stream where it can have the maximum economic and social value and the minimum environmental impact. Properly disposed waste keeps our city clean, controls disposal costs, helps those in need, keeps us safe, can generate energy, and protects the environment. Use this directory to access detailed directions for disposal.  If you can't find an item, you can always call Customer Service. Click on the feedback link above to request items to be added to this directory, and check back frequently for additions.

How to use this index: Where you see a blue hyper-link, click on the listing itself to access detailed disposal instructions and other useful information. Sometimes the link will take you to generalized information if the item you queried fits into that category. Scan the page for specifics. 

For quick reference, use the symbols in the chart key below. More than one symbol indicates that there may be more than one disposal option. If there is no hyper-link, please use the symbols as your guide.

Please note that this directory does not yet include information on composting or home collection for waste-to-energy, which may be options for certain materials. We will update options as they become available.

Key to Symbols:

Place in Blue Recycling Cart or any Recycling ContainerRecycle in blue cart or any recycling container.

Place in Garbage for PickupPlace in garbage cart, dumpster or public can.

Set Out with Yard WasteSet out with yard waste.

Set Out in Bulk TrashSet out with bulk trash.
Donate for Re-UseDonate to charity or organization of your choice. Hazardous Waste. Requires special handling.

Drop at a Waste Collection EventDrop off event may be available. See calendar.

Return to StoreReturn to store for recycling or proper disposal.

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Secure Collection Boxes Hazardous Waste - Special Handling Necessary                      (for Medicine & Needles) 

Shoes Donate for Re-Use

Shredded Paper Place in Blue Recycling Cart or any Recycling Container

Solvents Hazardous Waste - Special Handling Necessary Drop at a Waste Collection Event

Stickers & decals Donate for Re-Use Place in Garbage for Pickup

Straws (plastic) Place in Blue Recycling Cart or any Recycling Container

Styrofoam Return to Store Place in Garbage for Pickup

T

Televisions Donate for Re-Use Hazardous Waste - Special Handling Necessary Drop at a Waste Collection Event

Thermometers Hazardous Waste - Special Handling Necessary Drop at a Waste Collection Event

Tiles (Roofing) Donate for Re-Use Place in Garbage for Pickup

Tires Return to Store Set Out in Bulk Trash

Toothpaste tubes Place in Garbage for Pickup

Trees (Holiday) Set Out with Yard Waste Set Out in Bulk Trash Drop at a Waste Collection Event

Tree Trimmings (Branches & Leaves) Set Out with Yard Waste 

Tree Trimmings Donate for Re-Use Place in Blue Recycling Cart or any Recycling Container Place in Garbage for Pickup Hazardous Waste - Special Handling Necessary                  (Holiday Decorations)

Tree Trunks Set Out with Yard Waste Set Out in Bulk Trash

Tubs (plastic) Place in Blue Recycling Cart or any Recycling Container

U

Unused Item (all types) Donate for Re-Use Return to Store

V

Vacuum Cleaner Debris Place in Garbage for Pickup

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Wallpaper Donate for Re-Use Place in Garbage for Pickup

Window Glass Donate for Re-Use Return to Store Place in Garbage for Pickup

Wire or Wood Hangers Return to Store Donate for Re-Use Place in Garbage for Pickup

Wrapping paper Place in Blue Recycling Cart or any Recycling Container

X

X-rays Return to Store Place in Garbage for Pickup

Y

Yard Waste Set Out with Yard Waste

Yogurt containersPlace in Blue Recycling Cart or any Recycling Container

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Recycle-smIS IT RECYCLABLE?  Check our Quick Reference Recycling Guide to find out.

 

 

Household-Hazardous-Waste-smNEED TO DROP HAZARDOUS WASTE?  Find out where.

 

 

Earth911 LogoCAN'T FIND IT LISTED HERE?
Try Earth911's recycling and disposal guides and their iRecycle mobile app.
irecycle

 

TerraCycle_LogoBEFORE YOU TOSS that hard to recycle item in the garbage, consider the possibilities. Can it be upcycled? Can it translate to money for a local school or organization? Check TerraCycle for answers to these questions, and easy mail-in instructions.

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