Let’s keep our recyclables clean!

Keep recyclables clean!
Keep recyclables clean! December 26, 2018
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The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Solid Waste Services has seen an increase in the amount of non-recyclable items being erroneously placed in curbside recycling bins and carts. These materials can contaminate recyclable materials, rendering them no longer recyclable, and can also impact sorting operations at Montgomery County’s Recycling Center. While some of these items can be recycled through other recycling opportunities, they should not be placed in your blue recycling bin or blue wheeled cart for curbside recycling collection.


The items we most often see inappropriately placed in blue recycling bins or mixed paper recycling carts, and that we want to remind residents NOT to put in their recycling bin/cart are:

  • Plastic Bags, Plastic Film or Shrink Wrap
  • Hazardous or Toxic Product Containers (such as containers for herbicides, pesticides, insecticides and automotive fluids)
  • Electronics (including computers, keyboards, TV’s, etc.)
  • Styrofoam® or Polystyrene (packing peanuts or foam blocks used to protect items in shipments, or other items marked #6 PS)
  • Home Health Care/Medical Supplies (including needles/syringes, plastic intravenous (IV) fluid bags, plastic respirator and medical equipment tubing, CPAP masks, gloves, etc.)


Also, please remember to empty and rinse all bottles, jars, cans and containers before placing these items in the recycling bin. Caps and lids should be left off the bottles, jars and containers, before placing them in the blue bin as well.


For materials that are not acceptable through the County’s curbside recycling program, there may be other opportunities to recycle those materials . To learn how to properly recycle or properly dispose of these materials, visit our website and click on “I want to recycle or dispose of…”. You can also call MC311 by dialing 311 or (240) 777-0311; TTY Maryland Relay 711.

One comment on "Let’s keep our recyclables clean!"

  1. Kathy says:

    What about the shelf stable beverage containers – some kind of paper on outide but layers of non paper materials. I keep seeing on FB and ads that they are recyclable but are they recyclable in MoCo??

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