Recycling at home is easy once you know what goes in your bin. Most recycling companies have moved to a single-sort system that makes it easier than ever. Items such as paper, plastic, tin, aluminum, and cartons can all be placed in the same bin with single-sort.
Here are the most common items you can recycle:
- Food and beverage cans
- Paper with staples, junk mail, magazines, envelopes with plastic windows, phone books and notebooks with the metal spiral
- Cardboard boxes
- Milk, juice, soup, broth and wine cartons
- Shampoo, soap, lotion and laundry bottles
- Clear berry and produce containers
- Yogurt cup, tubs and containers
Many items can be recycled but not in your household cart, such as plastic bags and batteries. Plastic bags wrap around the automated sorting machines causing damage and ultimately end up in the trash. Empty recycling into your cart without the bag. Take plastic bags to retailers such as grocery stores for recycling. Food shelves are also happy to accept clean plastic bags for bagging groceries for the food shelf recipients.
Items that need special recycling:
- Plastic bags - take to grocery stores or food shelves for recycling
- Batteries - take to The Recycling Zone for recycling
- Paint - take to The Recycling Zone for recycling or find a local hardware store that accepts paint by visiting PaintCare's website.
Items that are NOT be recyclable:
- Paper to-go cups
- Tissue paper
- Garden hoses
- Drink pouches
To know exactly what your hauler accepts for recycling, please contact your hauler.
For more information on recycling and disposing of items visit Dakota County's Green Guide.