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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; Small 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

Click here to discover how your carton gets a new life.


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

Click here to discover how your glass bottle gets a new life.


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.

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
  • NO shredded paper

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

Click here to discover how your paperboard cereal box gets a new life.

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

Click here to discover how your  plastic gets a new life.

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

Click here to discover how your steel can gets a new life.


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

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