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Bluecart Program

Blue cart

Below, please find information on what materials are accepted in the program, and what week and day your recyclables are collected. If you have any questions, please call 311.

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  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Aluminum cans, foil and pie tins
  • Tin and steel cans
  • Cereal boxes, paper towel rolls
  • Cardboard (flatten all boxes)
  • Plastic bottles and containers (#1-#5, #7)
  • Junk mail, magazines, and catalogs
  • Telephone books and greeting cards
  • Paper bags and wrapping paper
  • Office paper and file folders
  • Newspaper and inserts
  • Beverage cartons (milk, juice, soy milk cartons)


  • Clothes and linens
  • Plastic and metal clothes hangers
  • #6 Plastics (polystyrene or Styrofoam)
  • Diapers and feminine products
  • Construction debris (bricks, wood, cement, etc.)
  • Paint, batteries, light bulbs, electronics
  • Unnumbered plastics (toothbrushes, toys, hoses, etc.)
  • Plastic shopping bags (bring back to retailer for recycling)
  • Liquids, food scraps, yard waste