What To Recycle

Blue Bin
Orange Bin
You can recycle all these items in the blue bin
You can recycle all these items in the blue bin
  • Plastic bottles & jars (including yogurt cups and margarine tubs)
  • Metal cans, including aerosol cans (empty first please!)
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • (New item) beverage cartons
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Blue Bin - Plastic
Blue Bin - Plastic

Any plastic containers are recyclable in Alachua County, as long as the containers have a pourable spout or neck up to 2 gallon in size. Yogurt cups and margarine tubs are now recyclable too. Please rinse, remove all caps and lids, and step on plastic to save space! Empty household bleach bottles are acceptable. No petroleum product, pool chemical and pesticide containers. No plastic bags or food trays.

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Blue Bin - Metal Cans
Blue Bin - Metal Cans

Please rinse all metal food and drink containers thoroughly. Empty aerosol cans and remove plastic lids. For containers with a lid, please keep lid attached or place lid in the bottom of the can and squeeze the top together to keep the lid secure.

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Blue Bin - Glass
Blue Bin - Glass

Recycle all clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars. Rinse and remove lids, labels are ok. Please no window panes, glasses, Pyrex or other dishes.

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Blue Bin - Beverage Cartons
Blue Bin - Beverage Cartons

Cartons such as milk, juice boxes, soy milk etc. can now be recycled in your blue bin!

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Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Each recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for a full three hours!

Recycled plastic bottles and jars can be made into durable clothing! Recycle your water bottle today and wear it tomorrow!​

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You can recycle all these Items in the orange bin:
You can recycle all these Items in the orange bin:
  • Brown paper bags & newspapers
  • Magazines, catalogs & telephone books
  • Corrugated cardboard and pasteboard
  • Office paper & junk mail
  • (New Items) Paperback books, workbooks and soft-back textbooks.
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Brown Paper Bags & Newspapers
Brown Paper Bags & Newspapers

Recycle clean, dry newspapers and inserts. Wet newspapers cannot be accepted. If it is going to rain, please either cover the newspapers or save them for next week. Brown shopping bags are accepted in the orange bin, but not plastic bags. Take plastic bags to grocery stores for recycling.



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Orange Bin - Magazines, Catalogs & Telephone Books
Orange Bin - Magazines, Catalogs & Telephone Books

All magazines, catalogs, and telephone books are recyclable.



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Orange Bin - Cardboard
Orange Bin - Cardboard

Clean corrugated cardboard (the kind with a wavy layer in the middle). Cardboard boxes should be no larger than 3' x 3'. Pasteboard boxes, such as cereal or shoe boxes or beverage cartons. Empty all packing materials and FLATTEN boxes. It is not necessary to cut boxes apart.

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Orange Bin - Office Paper & Junk Mail
Orange Bin - Office Paper & Junk Mail

Office paper and junk mail is recyclable. Please no plastic credit cards or shredded paper. Window envelopes are recyclable. Place the blue bin on top of the orange bin to keep paper from littering the street.


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Orange Bin - Paperback Books
Orange Bin - Paperback Books

Paperback school workbooks, textbooks and coupon books can now be recycled in your orange bin. Paperback novels that are still in good condition should be donated if possible, but damaged or unreadable paperbacks can be recycled.



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