The following items are collected in single-stream fashion during regularly scheduled recycling pick-ups.

Under single-stream collection, all of the recyclables items listed blow may be mixed together in the same recycling container. Containers provided by the MCIA include a 20-gallon round and a 14-gallon rectangular receptacle with a lid. It is no longer necessary to separate glass, aluminum, steel and plastic items from mixed paper and newspaper. Any overflow items can be placed in an uncovered plastic or metal container (no larger than 32 gallons in capacity).

Please do not replace recyclable in plastic bags.

Metal – Tin, steel, aluminum and bimetal cans (such as soda, beer, canned pet food, soup and tuna cans.) Rinse the cans and crush them to maximize capacity. We take the lids, too.

Glass – Glass bottles and jars of all colors (such as juice, soda, beer and liquor bottles and mayonnaise and spaghetti sauce jars). Rinse the bottles and jars. Remove the lids and place them in the trash for collection with your regular garbage.
Plastic – Both #1 PETE and #2 HDPE containers (such as milk and juice jugs, water bottles and laundry detergent, shampoo and soda bottles.)

Check the bottom of the container to make sure the plastic is either #1 PETE or #2 HDPE. Rinse the containers and crush them to maximize capacity. Remove and dispose of caps.

Items that are NOT accepted:
Drinking glasses, window glass, mirrors, Pyrex® glassware, light bulbs, plastic toys, plastic packaging, aluminum foil, gardening or garage plastics, polystyrene or Styrofoam (such as plastic cups or food trays).


Newspaper - Clean newsprint and newspaper inserts only.

Place newspapers in the blue, rectangular mixed-paper container.

  • Place newspapers in paper or plastic bags
Mixed Paper - Magazines, junk mail, brown paper bags, nonmetallic wrapping paper, office records, computer paper, file folders, receipts, telephone books, soft cover books, hardcover books with covers removed, and greeting cards.

Place shredded paper in paper bags or blue rectangular recycling bin.

Place mixed paper in the blue rectangular bin. Close the lid tightly when you leave the bin at the curb. Flatten boxes to maximize capacity.

Not Accepted:

  • Mixed paper in leaf bags
Note: The maximum number of recycling bundles of newspaper and/or corrugated cardboard that the collector will pick up from individual households, each collection, is six (6)



Cardboard - layered cardboard with a center that is shaped into ridges, folds or grooves (such as shipping boxes and the packaging for most appliances or larger household items.

Flatten the cardboard and tie the sheets into stacks no larger than 48 inches square and 48 inches high.

Not Accepted:
Cardboard in bundles larger than 48 inches square.

Paperboard -  Includes non-wax-coated food and cereal boxes, pizza boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, and gift boxes.

It is preferred that paperboard should be placed with cardboard bundles. Smaller flattened paperboard items will also be accepted in your recycling container.