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PHILADELPHIA RECYCLABLES

Our city accepts the following materials for curbside recycling:

  • Metals

  • Glass

  • Paper

  • Plastics
Only accepted items belong in the recycling bin. Make sure all items are empty, clean, and dry.
If you do not see a material on this list, please keep it out of the recycling bin!
Find other responsible disposal options in the Alternative Disposal Directory.

Metals

Labels are OK. Please leave tops on cans, though separate is OK. Please empty, rinse and dry.
• Labels can be left on
• Can tops and lids can be on or off, but it’s we prefer them on
Aluminum Cans
• Labels can be left on
• Can tops and lids can be on or off, but it’s we prefer them on
Steel Cans
• Labels can be left on
• Can tops and lids can be on or off, but it’s we prefer them on
Tin Cans
• Can tops and lids can be on or off, but it’s we prefer them on
Can Tops
• Separate from bottles or jars before recycling
Metal Lids
• Must be empty
• Keep spray nozzle on
• Remove plastic lid unless it is part of the can
Aerosol Containers
• Must be clean and dry
Aluminum Foil
• Must be clean and dry
Foil Baking Tins
• Must be clean and dry
Paint Cans
Please do not place these metal products in the recycling bin:
Pots and Pans
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Glass

All colors are accepted. Labels and broken glass are OK. Please empty, rinse and dry. Recycle caps or lids separately.
• Labels can be left on
• Remove metal and plastic lids, and recycle them separately
Clear (Flint)
Bottles And Jars
• Labels can be left on
• Remove metal and plastic lids, and recycle them separately
Brown (Amber) Bottles And Jars
• Labels can be left on
• Remove metal and plastic lids, and recycle them separately
Green (Emerald) Bottles And Jars
• Labels can be left on
• Remove metal and plastic lids, and recycle them separately
Blue Bottles And Jars
Please do not place these glass products in the recycling bin:
Glass Bakeware
Ceramics And Porcelain
Crystal
Windows
Mirrors
Drinking Glasses
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Paper

Paper clips and staples are OK, but waxy, greasy or food-stained paper is not.
Large boxes should be broken down or cut to fit in the bin.
• Must be clean and dry
Newspapers
• Must be clean and dry
Newspaper Inserts
• Must be clean, dry and fit inside the cart with the lid closed
Cardboard
• Must be clean, dry and fit inside the cart with the lid closed
Paperboard Tubes
• Must be clean and free of grease and pizza
Pizza Boxes
(Clean; No
Grease)
• Includes file folders, letterhead, sticky notes, printer paper, calendars, school papers
Office Paper
• Must be clean and dry
Construction Paper
• Must be clean and dry
Magazines And Catalogs
• Must be clean and dry
• Plastic film windows are OK
Envelopes, with or without windows
• Must be clean and dry
Sticky Notes
• Must be clean and dry
• Non-metal
Wrapping Paper
• Must be clean and dry
Paper Shopping Bags
• Must be clean and dry
Greeting Cards
Please do not place these paper products in the recycling bin:
Thermal Receipts
Shredded Paper
Paperback Books
Hardcover Books
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Plastics

Containers must be hard or rigid plastics. Hard plastic food trays and bowls are OK.
All colors are accepted and labels are OK. Please empty, rinse and dry. Please recycle with caps on the bottles.
•Bottles, cups, and jars; food trays, tubs, and bowls only
Water Bottles
•Bottles, cups, and jars; food trays, tubs, and bowls only
Detergent, Soap and Shampoo Bottles
•Bottles, cups, and jars; food trays, tubs, and bowls only
Spray Bottles
•Bottles, cups, and jars; food trays, tubs, and bowls only
Hard Plastic Bottles and Jars
Hard Plastic Food Bowls
• No foam
• Bottles, cups, and jars; food trays, tubs, and bowls only
Hard Plastic Coffee Lids
• Bottles, cups, and jars; food trays, tubs, and bowls only
Hard Plastic Jugs
• No Styrofoam
Clamshell Containers
• Remove lids and caps and recycle separately
Plastic Caps (Leave On Containers)
• Attatched or loose is okay
Bottle Pumps
(Leave On/In The
Bottle)
Please do not place these plastic products in the recycling bin:
Styrofoam™
Biodegradable/
Compostable Plastics
Vinyl
Plastic Bags
Plastic Silverware
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Other

We accept these other types of recyclable materials. Labels are OK. Please empty, rinse and dry.
• Glossy material is OK
• Waxy paper is NOT OK
Milk Cartons
• Must be clean and dry
Aseptic Cartons
Please do not place these non-recyclable materials in the recycling bin:
Food or Yard (Organic) Waste
E-Waste
Household Hazardous Waste
Medical Waste
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