What Can I Recycle: In Detail

Steel Cans, Aluminum Cans, and Glass Bottles & Jars (All colors)

  • Steel cans include any food or liquid container such as soup cans, canned juice, coffee cans, etc. Please rinse cans and place your steel lids inside the steel cans for curbside collection.
  • Aluminum cans are typically used as beverage containers; please make sure all liquid is drained from these containers. We cannot recycle foil.
  • Place all clean steel, aluminum and glass bottles and jars in your recycling bin for curbside collection (items can co-mingle and will be sorted by our drivers).
  • Glass bottles and jars only - no dishes, Pyrex, light bulbs, or window glass.
  • Please do not place broken bottles or jars into the bin for curbside collection. However, they may be taken to one of our recycling-drop off sites.
  • You do not have to remove paper labels from cans, bottles or jars.

Plastic Bottles Coded #1 & #2

The recycling program can only accept plastic bottles that are coded with a #1 or #2 inside the recycling triangle on the bottle. Look at the bottom or sometimes around the neck of the bottle to find the recycling triangle with the number (resin type). 

Why not #3-7?

Number 3 through 7 plastic bottles and containers cannot be recycled at this time due to a lack of recycling markets. When recycling markets that can account for the recycling of these plastics are found, the program will be reinstated. 

Bottles are made through a process called blow molding. These bottles melt at different temperatures from other containers like trays, tubs, cups, and bags. Due to the difference in melting temperatures we must keep all non-bottles out of our recycled bales if we want to sell the material. Therefore, we can only accept #1 or #2 plastic bottles. A bottle is defined as a container with a neck narrower than the base. often it has a screw type neck to hold a lid.


  • Dishwashing liquid bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Plastic soda bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Laundry detergent bottles
  • Milk jugs

Please make sure there are no tobacco products in any of your containers.

Motor oil containers are not recyclable in our program. The oily residue left in the containers is difficult to wash out and therefore is a contaminant for recycling. Please place used motor oil in these containers and take them to the Washington County Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 2615 Brink Dr. in south Fayetteville or call them at 479-444-1725 for more information. Please place empty used motor oil containers in your regular trash.

Mixed Paper

Mixed paper is comprised of various types of different paper items. Typically mixed paper consists of:
  • Catalogs
  • Copy paper
  • Flyers
  • Magazines
  • Sweepstake entries and similar paper received through the mail
  • Telephone books
If you are recycling mailings, please make sure that plastic inserts are removed.


  • We ask that mixed paper, paperboard, and cardboard be placed in a bin separate from containers  for curbside collection. Please do not use plastic bags for the paper as they are a contaminant for our program. The Recycling and Trash Collection Division also sells reusable bags for recycling mixed paper. Please call the main office at 479-575-8398 or email here to find out how to get one of these bags. There is a small one-time fee for the purchase of the bags.
  • Telephone books and magazines are collected curbside; however, if you have large amounts of these items, please bring them to either of our Recycling Drop off Centers to be recycled.
  • During inclement weather, please make sure that your mixed paper is inside a recycling bin with the lid securely placed on the bin. Wet paper is not marketable.
  • Shredded paper can be brought to either of the Recycling Drop-off Centers and placed in the mixed paper container.


Newspaper is easy to recycle but must be kept dry and out of the sunlight. Please make sure to remove any plastic wrapping or rubber bands before placing in the recycling bin.
  • We encourage newspaper to be stacked together in a separate bin for paper and paperboard for curbside collection. The Recycling and Trash Collection Division also sells reusable bags for the recycling of newspaper. Please call the main office at 479-575-8398 or email here to find out how to get 1 of these bags.
  • During inclement weather, please make sure your newspaper is inside a recycling bin with the lid securely closed on the bin. Wet newspaper is not marketable.
  • Inserts that originally came with your newspaper may be recycled with the newspaper.
  • Packing paper may be folded and placed in the same bag or container as newspaper. Please bring large amounts to either of the Recycling Drop off Centers.


Paperboard, also called chipboard, is used to make items such as cereal boxes, shoe boxes, and cracker boxes.
  • Please remove all plastic liners before recycling the material.
  • Please flatten all of your paperboard.
  • Please stack flattened paperboard together in recycling bin or place it in a separate recycling bin with paper for curbside collection.

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard is easy to recognize because it is thick and has a waffled middle layer for strength.
  • Please flatten all cardboard and place it underneath your recycling bin when recycling curbside (another heavy object may be used) so that the wind does not blow these materials around your neighborhood.
  • Please take large amounts of cardboard boxes to either of the recycling drop off sites. The recycling collection trucks do not have compaction for cardboard, and large amounts fill up the truck prematurely.
  • During inclement weather, please keep your cardboard recycling until your next collection day, or bring it to our recycling drop-off sites.
  • Pizza boxes are recyclable, but please remove leftover food scraps from the boxes.