What Can I Recycle?

The world of recycling is changing and now more than ever is the time to make sure what you are putting in your blue cart is not contaminating the stream. Below is the new statewide recycling campaign RecycleSmartMA by the DEP which provides the do’s and don’ts of recycling in Massachusetts. Have a question about an item and whether or not it can be recycled? Check out the Recyclopedia to find all of your recycling answers!

Acceptable Items

  • Metal Food and Beverage Cans (empty and rinse)
  • Plastic Bottles, Jars, Jugs and Tubs (empty and rinse)
  • Glass Bottles and Jars (empty and rinse)
  • Mixed Paper, Newspaper, Magazines, Cardboard Boxes (empty and flatten)
Do Not Bag Recyclables

Non-Acceptable Items

  • Auto glass or ceramics
  • Batteries
  • Film canisters
  • Food waste
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Paper towels, plates, and cups
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic grocery bags (Please return to Shaw's, Whole Foods or other grocers to be recycled)
  • Porcelain
  • Propane / Butane canisters (Please bring up to Hazardous Waste Days)
  • Rigid Plastics (toys, crates, plastic pools, etc.)
  • Stickers, labels and backings
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood