What Can I Recycle?

Curbside & Drop-Off Recycling

Plastic Bottles, Jugs and Tubs
Metal Cans and Tins
Glass Bottles and Jars


  • Paper: Flatten your cardboard boxes and keep them free of greasy boxes.
  • Plastic: For bottles and jugs, if the mouth is smaller than the base it is recyclable. The new addition of plastic tubs includes yogurt containers, individual fruit, applesauce, pudding, jello cups, butter, sour cream, cottage cheese tubs, specialty dips such as hummus tubs, etc. - make sure to reattach the lid.
  • Metal: Non-hazardous materials only. Make sure the can is empty and remove the plastic tip.
  • Glass: Rinse out as best as possible.

Recycling Where I Live

Hamilton County, Ohio has 48 communities and each has its own way for its residents to sign up for recycling and waste disposal. Some communities offer curbside pick up of yard trimmings.

To find out information for your community, view in large map format and type in your address (without Rd., St., Ave., etc.)

Back to Basics YouTube Video

The Recycling Coach: Plastic Bags

Recycling Tips

  • Mix all items together - no separation required
  • Keep items loose: Do not bag your recyclables
  • Empty all bottles, jugs, and cans
  • No need to remove labels
  • For plastic bottles: empty, crush, and reattach lids
  • For glass bottles and jars: rinse out and leave lids loose
  • For cartons: remove plastic caps and straws
  • For tubs: rinse and reattach lids

Don't fill your world with cardboard!

Cardboard Recycling Tips

  • Remove all plastic and foam packaging.
  • Break down the box to fit inside your cart.
  • Place broken-down empty boxes next to your cart if they are too large to go in.
  • Food boxes (cereal, dry pasta, cracker, cookies, etc.), clean pizza boxes (remove lining), and empty tissue boxes may all be recycled as well.
  • Empty paper good rolls such as wrapping paper, paper towels, and toilet paper rolls are also made of recyclable cardboard.

Don't Fill Your World with Cardboard YouTube Video

Recycling Cardboard Is a Snap! YouTube Video

Not for Curbside or Drop-off Recycling (Not an All-Inclusive List)

Do Not Put These Items in Your Recycling Cart

No receipts, plastic bags, cassette tapes, bed sheets, clothing hangers, metal chains, garden hoses, batteries, needles, syringes, electronics, polystyrene foam, EPS (hard, rigid styrofoam), buckets, plastic salad boxes, blueberry, strawberry, etc. containers, car parts, food, yard trimmings, light bulbs, drinking glasses, ceramics, pots and pans, scrap metal, etc.

If it is not on the list, it is not an acceptable item.

Some of the items have special recycling and reuse outlets.