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Recycling Guide

In The Bin

Every recycling program in Massachusetts accepts the items below.
Make sure they are empty and clean.

  • Metal Food & Beverage CansEmpty and rinse
  • Plastic Bottles, Jars, Jugs & TubsEmpty and replace cap
  • Glass Bottles & JarsEmpty and rinse
  • Paper & CardboardEmpty and flatten

Not In The Bin

Many items you’d think belong in your recycling bin don’t. Putting them in does more harm than good. Not sure? Check the Smart Recycling Guide.

  • Do Not Bag RecyclablesNo garbage
  • No Plastic Bags or Plastic WrapReturn to retail store collection bins
  • No Food or LiquidEmpty all containers
  • No Clothing or LinensUse donation programs
  • No TanglersNo hoses, wires, chains or electronics


  • Food & Beverage cans
  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs and tubs (NO OTHER SHAPES unless listed on
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Paper & Cardboard

Have a burning “Is it recyclable?” question?

Visit to learn how to deal with your item for proper disposal.

Have something else to recycle?

Search the MassDEP Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory for opportunities to recycle difficult-to-manage materials.

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