- Recycle virtually all plastics such as water and soda bottles, detergent and shampoo bottles, yogurt cups and butter tubs. In the city of Tucson program that would include bigger and harder plastics like old garbage cans, ice chests, buckets and certain toys like a Big Wheel. If it’s plastic and it fits in your bin, it can probably be accepted.
- Recycle all aluminum, steel and tin cans.
- Recycle glass jars and bottles. In the city program you can either leave the lid on or recycle it separated. Waste Management asks you to separate caps from glass and plastic containers for easier sorting.
- Recycle papers, mail, newspapers, cardboard, phone books and paper food cartons like milk and juice cartons. The city also accepts bound journals and magazines.
- Do the best you can to empty and rinse food containers. Oils and debris can contaminate the end recycled product.
- Recycle plastic grocery bags in your recycle bin. To recycle those, take them back to the grocery store.
- Recycle Styrofoam. While it is a recyclable material and usually has the universal recycling symbol on it, most recycling programs don’t accept Styrofoam because it has no value as an end recyclable product and it is not cost effective.
- Recycle hazardous materials like hypodermic needles and medications. Those have their own methods of recycling.
- Flatten cans and bottles as it makes them harder to sort.