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Aluminum cans, foil, trays and pie plates are all accepted for recycling.

Remove as much food residue as possible.

Do not crush aluminum cans

  • NO foil bags, such as potato chip bags
  • NO foil lids, such as off yogurt tubs

Flatten and cut to pieces no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet.

Only broken down boxes inside the cart will be collected for recycling.

Pizza boxes accepted, if not too greasy.

  • NO wax coated cardboard

All food and beverage cartons, including: Milk (dairy, soy & almond); Juice; Cream; Egg white & egg substitute; Soup & broth; Protein drinks; Eggnog; Wine; Tofu; Smal juice boxes; and Ice cream & frozen yogurt.

Be sure to empty all food & liquid, and remove straws & caps.

  • NO juice pouches
  • Do NOT flatten cartons

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Food & beverage glass bottles and jars only.

Remove lids.

Large metal lids can be recycled, but still must be removed.

  • NO window glass
  • NO glass vases or drinking cups

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Remove plastic bags and wrap.

Discard non-paper inserts such as magnets or sample packets.

Window envelopes are okay to recycle.

Paperclips, stamps, staples, tape and sticky notes are okay.

Limit Shredded Paper.  All shredded paper must be placed in a closed paper bag.

Acceptable items include: Opened mail, Wrapping paper & greeting cards (non-foiled coated), Postcards, index cards & file folders, Loose leaf & legal pad paper, Stationary, letterhead, copy & typing paper; Paper envelopes (plastic windows okay); and Brochures & glossy ads.

  • NO plastic wrappers
  • NO tissue paper, ribbon or bows
  • NO bubble envelopes or Tyvek® (polyethylene fiber) envelopes, such as some overnight mailing envelopes

Remove food wrappings and any food.

Department store "non-glossy" type paper bags are okay, but remove rope handles.

  • NO microwave popcorn bags
  • NO plastic bags

  • Paper cups must be clean and empty.
  • Paper cups must be bare — all sleeves, lids, straws and stirring sticks must be removed before the paper cup is placed in a purple Denver Recycles cart. 

Flatten or cut into pieces no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet.

Remove plastic bags, plastic film or wax paper bags.

Acceptable items include: Boxes for cereal, tissues, beverages, food, soap, etc.; Gift, shirt & shoe boxes; Hanging file folders; Paper egg cartons; Paper towel & toilet paper tubes; Frozen food boxes (but not the ones that have a waxy, white coating on the inside).

  • NO foil coated paperboard

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Remove bags, plastic wrap and magnets.

Rigid plastic bottles, jugs, jars, tubs, cups and containers marked with the #1 through #7 in the recycling symbols.

Examples of acceptable items include: Soda, water, shampoo, & soap bottles; Milk, laundry detergent, & cat litter jugs; Yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, & butter tubs; Peanut butter & mayonnaise jars; "To-go” & “take out” plastic drinking cups; Plastic trays like those used for microwave dinners; Clear "Clam-Shell” containers like those used to package strawberries, bakery goods & salads (remove as much of the price sticker from the plastic as possible); and Plastic egg cartons & cookie divider shells.

  • NO plastic bags, plastic lids or caps
  • NO Stryofoam, plastic shrink wrap
  • NO plastic toys or plastic toothpaste type tubes
  • NO "K-cups" or individual coffee creamers
  • NO plastic marked as PLA, compostable or made from plant based materials
  • NO plastic containers larger than 3 gallons in size

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Aerosol cans must be empty.

Labels are okay.

Remove plastic caps unless they are part of the can.

Spray nozzles are okay.

  • NO full or partially-full aerosol cans
  • NO fuel canisters (camping tanks)
  • Do NOT puncture cans

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  • NO Garbage
  • NO Plastic Bags
  • NO Styrofoam® of any kind
  • NO Foil "Yogurt" Lids
  • NO Microwave Popcorn Bags
  • NO Waxed Cardboard
  • NO Toys
  • NO Cassettes, DVD's, CD's or Plastic Cases
  • NO Garden Hoses or Plastic Tubes
  • NO Plastic Shrink Wrap
  • NO Plastic Tubes, such as toothpaste or hair gel tubes
  • NO Fuel Canisters (camping tanks)
  • NO Paper Plates
  • NO Paperback or hardcover books
  • NO Bubble Wrap or Envelopes with Bubble Wrap inside
  • NO Ceramics
  • NO Candy or Food Wrappers
  • NO Potato Chip Bags
  • NO Plastic containers marked as “Compostable” or “PLA”
  • NO Scrap Metal
  • NO Plastic Flower Pots
  • NO Glassware or Window Glass
  • NO Yard Waste