Denver accepts the following materials for recycling. No sorting required!
Click on the panel for each material for detailed recycling guidelines
NO foil bags, such as potato chip bags
NO foid lids, such as off yogurt tubs
|NO wax coated cardboard|
|All food and beverage cartons|
Examples of products commonly packaged in cartons include:
|- NO juice pouches
- Do NOT flatten cartons
|- NO windows glass
- NO glass vases or drinking cups
Acceptable items include:- Opened mail
- Wrapping paper and greeting cards (non-foiled coated)- Postcards, index cards and file folders- Loose leaf and legal pad paper- Stationary, letterhead, copy and typing paper- Paper envelopes (plastic windows okay)- Brochures and 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
|- NO plastic bags
- NO microwave popcorn bags
Acceptable items include:- Boxes for cereal, tissues, beverages, food, soap, etc.
- Gift, shirt and shoe boxes
- Hanging file folders
- Paper egg cartons
- Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
- Frozen food boxes (but not the ones that have a waxy, white coating on the inside)
|- NO foil coated paperboard
- NO paper cups
Rigid plastic bottles, jugs, jars, tubs, cups and containers marked with the #1 through #7 in the recycling symbols.
Examples of acceptable items include:
|- 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
|- NO full or partially-full aerosol cans
- Do NOT puncture cans
The resin identification code isn't required by federal law and is absent from some pieces of plastic, especially those that aren't easily recyclable, like dishes, toys or bottle caps.
Remember, only plastic containers with a resin code of #1 through #7 on it, are is accepted for recycling in the Denver Recycles program.