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Not everything with a recycling symbol goes into your curbside recycling bin for single-stream collection.
The most problematic recycling contaminants found by the Morris County MUA include:
Just for clarification, these items don’t belong in your recycling container either: Paper coffee cups, dirty pizza boxes, paper towels, and some less likely items such as diapers, bowling balls, hypodermic needles, animal carcasses, batteries, and electronics. Batteries can cause a fire at a recycling center. People sort recycling – not machines, so keep them safe. View more unacceptable items here (PDF)
Also, recyclables must be empty, clean, and dry — without food residue.
Download the MCMUA’s recycling flyer of acceptable items here (PDF) and post it in your kitchen!
Accepted Materials and Codes
Materials and Codes Not Accepted