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Recycling

If you are wondering where to recycle in Norfolk or what to recycle you’ve come to the right place. Committed to increasing sustainable operations, we currently offer commercial cardboard recycling for Norfolk businesses and residential recycling for cardboard, paper, aluminum, glass and plastic.

Download the list of accepted and prohibited items for recycling.


What to Recycle
Glass
  • glass bottles and jars (clear, green, amber)
Plastic
  • plastic containers (#1 – #7 on bottom)
  • milk jugs
  • butter/margarine containers
  • pop/water bottles
  • detergent bottles
  • screw-on caps are allowed
  • trash bags (minus any trash)
  • dry cleaning bags
  • plastic grocery bags
  • beverage 6 pack rings
Metals
  • steel or tin cans
  • aluminum cans
  • clean aluminum foil or trays
  • pie pans (2″ or larger)
  • metal jar lids
  • steel bottle caps
  • metal food cans and beverage containers
  • empty aerosol cans
Paper
  • wax cartons (i.e. milk or ice cream)
  • aseptic containers (i.e. juice boxes)
  • office paper (staples okay)
  • computer paper
  • junk mail
  • magazines
  • newspapers (glossy inserts okay)
  • phone books
  • catalogs
  • shredded paper (must be in clear plastic bag)
  • corrugated cardboard
  • detergent boxes
  • cereal / soda boxes
  • paper egg cartons
  • paper grocery bags
  • greeting cards
  • blueprints
  • paperback or hardcover books
  • file folders
  • pizza boxes

Items that are NOT allowed in the Recycling can:

Glass
  • window glass
  • mirror glass
  • light bulbs
Plastic
  • plastic silverware
  • straws
  • food bags (i.e. potato chip bags, frozen vegetable bags)
  • cereal bags
  • shower curtains
  • deli containers or clam shell packages (i.e. take home boxes)
Metals
  • piping
  • steel pieces (i.e. coat hangers)
  • appliances
Paper
  • tyvek, nylon, or padded envelopes
  • gift wrap
  • tissue paper
  • paper towels
  • wax paper
  • photographs
  • heavily-dyed or neon colored paper
  • foil paper
  • wax-type cups or lids
Miscellaneous
  • styrofoam cups or lids
  • packing peanuts
  • foam egg cartons
  • diapers
  • wood
  • hazardous items
  • municipal solid waste
 
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