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Recycling Guidelines

We are committed to repurposing and recycling as much material as possible.
Please help us by following these easy guidelines.

Always Remember:

plastic grocery bag not to be recycled

Don't bag your recyclables

Recyclables should be placed loose in your recycling cart.

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Rinse your recyclables

Recyclables should be empty and rinsed clean of any food residue.

exclamation pointGlass is repurposed, but not recycled to the PA DEP's definition. Glass will be collected in your recycling container from your municipality to be repurposed for another use.

Do Include These

cardboard for recycling


  • Flattened cardboard boxes
  • Dry food boxes
  • Non-wax coated paper boxes
  • Egg cartons
  • Clean pizza boxes
paper for recycling


  • Newspaper
  • Junk mail
  • Office paper
  • Magazines
plastics for recycling


  • Water and soda bottles 
  • Milk and water jugs
  • Liquid detergent bottles
  • Plastics labeled #1, #2 or #5
metal for recycling


  • Aluminum cans 
  • Steel and bi-metal cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Food and beverage containers
  • Clean aluminum foil
paper for recycling


  • Clear, Brown, Amber, Green beverage bottles and food jars

Do Not Include These

contaminated cardboard not for recycling

Contaminated Cardboard

  • Oily/greasy pizza boxes
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Any container with food, grease, contamination
  • Wet cardboard

contaminated paper not for recycling

Contaminated Paper

  • Shredded paper
  • Phone books
  • Hard bound books
  • Gift wrapping
  • Paper towels
  • Wet paper

plastic film not for recycling

Plastic Films

  • All plastic bags
  • Tarps 
  • Pool Liners
  • Sandwich bags
  • Thin plastic films
tanglers not for recycling


  • Hoses
  • Ropes
  • Extension cords 
  • Christmas lights
food waste not for recycling

Food Waste

  • Any food products
  • Polystyrene cups, plates, containers
  • Any container with food, grease, contamination

large plastics not for recycling

Large Plastics

  • Plastic toys
  • Lawn furniture
  • Plastic bins
  • Plastic hangers
  • Vinyl siding
textiles not for recycling


  • Clothes
  • Bedding
  • Comforters
  • Pillows

scrap metals not for recycling

Scrap Metal

  • Car parts: brake pads, rotors, etc
  • Golf clubs
  • Aluminum siding
  • Metal furniture
  • Wire hangers

hazardous waste not for recycling

Hazardous Waste

  • Gasoline cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Plastic spray bottles
  • Liquid paint and chemicals
  • Oil, antifreeze, auto fluids

pressurized containers not for recycling

Pressurized Containers

  • Propane and oxygen tanks
  • Camping fuels
  • Any pressurized container
  • Anything flammable
ewaste not for recycling


  • TVs / monitors
  • Computers
  • Accessories
  • Light bulbs
batteries not for recycling


  • Car batteries
  • Electronics batteries
  • Alkaline batteries
  • All batteries

Print a copy of our recycling guidelines here.

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Tips for Proper Recycling

How do I recycle?
Collect clean recyclable materials listed in the approved list above. Place the materials loose (not bagged) in your recycling container and set out your container the night before your scheduled pick up.

Do I have to sort my recyclables?
No! Thanks to the state-of-the-art equipment at TC Recycling, we are able to provide single-stream (or no-sort) recycling. Simply place it all in one container and we will sort it at our facility.

Do I have to clean my recyclables?
Any recyclables with food waste should be rinsed before placing in your recycling cart. Materials with food contaminants, such as grease or melted cheese, are not recyclable and should be placed in your trash cart.

What if it rains?
Wet cardboard and paper materials are not recyclable and will not be collected. Place in the trash the following week. We recommend a 95-gallon cart or other container with a lid to keep your recyclable materials dry.

Can I mix non-recyclable materials?
Recyclables that are bagged or mixed with other contaminants will not be collected. Place in trash the following week. Please see the guidelines above.

Why can't I use bags?
Plastic bags of any kind are not accepted because they make it very difficult to sort and process your recyclable materials. Plastic bags also get tangled in our equipment, causing the entire facility to be shut down in order to cut them free from the machinery. This reduces our efficiency and endangers our workers. As such, we will not pick up any recyclables in plastic bags.

How do we decide what can and cannot be recycled?
The types of material we can collect depend on our ability to process them. If we don't accept a certain material, it's because our equipment cannot process it, it's dangerous to our staff and/or our machinery, or there is not a reasonable end destination for the processed materials.

About Our Recycling Efforts

Watch the following video to learn more about our investment into recycling and how our sister company, TC Recycling, processes your materials.

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