Recycling Plastics

Plastic Recycling Guidelines

The City accepts #1 through #7 Plastic Bottles, Tubs, Jugs, Trays and Containers in the Single Stream Recycling Program and at the City's Recycling Center.

We recycle the following plastic products:

Bathroom

  • Liquid soap containers
  • Mouthwash containers
  • Pump hairspray containers
  • Shampoo/conditioner containers

Household

  • Kitty litter jar
  • Laundry detergent, bleach, and fabric softener containers
  • Liquid dish detergent container
  • Liquid household cleaner container

Kitchen

  • Cooking oil containers
  • Soda, milk, juice, water, sports drink containers
  • Syrup, ketchup containers
  • Yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter tubs containers
  • Peanut butter and mayonnaise jars
  • "Clam-shell" container used to package fresh berries and bakery goods
  • Plastic containers used to package salad mixes
  • "To-go" or "take out" plastic drinking cups

Unacceptable Plastics

Household

  • Bubble wrap and packing styrofoam
  • Flower pots and garden plastics
  • Medical supplies
  • Motor oil containers
  • Pesticide and herbicide bottles
  • Plumbing supplies
  • Solvent, paint, and adhesive containers
  • Toys

Kitchen

  • Plastic bags, films, or wraps
  • Food storage and microwave containers

Recycling Plastic is Easy

Here's how to recycle plastic containers:

  • Empty all food and liquid from plastic containers and rinse them before recycling.
  • Remove plastic lids and caps and recycle them separately.
  • Double check that the container is a #1 through #7.
  • If you are able, crush plastic bottles so they take up less room in the recycling container.
  • At the Recycling Center, simply place plastic items with the rest of your single stream material.

Recycled Plastic Products

Recycled plastics are turned into many products:

  • Carpeting
  • Fleece
  • Garden furniture
  • New plastic containers
  • Park benches
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Plastic lumber deck
  • T-shirts