Recyclable Material Preparation

All paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal bottles, cans, jars and jugs may be placed in the same container. You do not have to separate paper and cardboard from co-mingled (glass, plastic and metal). Only the material listed as acceptable recyclables will be collected curbside. All other items must be disposed of as trash or recycling in other ways.

Please help to keep cost down and only recycle acceptable materials and avoid contamination.

Recycling Collection General Information

All acceptable recyclables can be placed in the same container.

All material must be curbside by 7 am on your regularly scheduled collection day.

Recyclables and trash are collected on the same day at the same time with a co-collection vehicle.

Recycling Container Requirements

The town does not supply recycling containers; you may use any container of your choice.

Recycling containers must be easily handled by one person and must not weigh more than 35 pounds.

You may use a standard blue recycling container, other hard sturdy containers (i.e. milk crate, laundry basket, etc) or you may use a standard trash container that is no larger than 35-gallon capacity.

The recycling container must be clearly labeled or identified as a recycling container. The Board of Health office has "Recycling" labels. A non-textured, smooth surface works best for labels.

Filled recycling containers cannot exceed 35 pounds.

You may use as many recycling containers as needed.

What to Recycle How to PrepareUnacceptable


  • Newspaper and inserts
  • Magazines and Catalogs
  • Paper and stationery (all colors)
  • Office paper, folders
  • Telephone Books
  • Paperboard (e.g. cereal, pasta, tissue boxes)
  • Junk mail and envelopes (windows ok)
  • Place in recycling bin
  • Place in paper bags (no plastic bags)
  • Newspaper can be tied and bundled
  • No plastic bags
  • No soiled cardboard (dirty pizza boxes, paint, oil residue, etc)
  • No paper towels, napkins, tissues, cups or plates
  • No wax or foil-coated items (milk or juice cartons)
  • No shredded paper
  • No hardcover books  (drop-off available)
  • No take-out containers
Corrugated cardboard    
  • Cardboard must be flattened
  • Cardboard must be no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet
  • No soiled cardboard (dirty pizza boxes, paint, oil residue)
  • No larger than 2 feet by 2 feet (drop-off available)
Glass  -  bottles and jars only 
  • Rinse clean
  • Remove lids and corks
  • Labels and rings are OK
  • No broken glass
  • No lightbulbs, pyrex, ceramics
  • No mirrors, windows or auto glass
  • No drinking glasses, vases
  • No plate glass

Plastic  -  Bottles, jars and jugs only

  • Used for beverages, food, kitchen, laundry, bath, household products, etc.
  • Rinse clean
  • Labels are OK
  • No unmarked items
  • No plastic bags, plastic wrap
  • No motor oil/chemical containers
  • No styrofoam or foam containers (meat trays, styrofoam cups, etc)
  • No packaging peanuts
  • No flower pots, toys, laundry baskets
  • No take-out containers
  • No plastic plates, cups, utensils, straws, etc.
Metal Cans  -  Aluminum and Metal food and beverage cans, lids
  • Rinse clean
  • Labels are OK
  • Flatten or nest for room
  • No metal item that is not a can
  • No paint or solvent cans
  • No aerosol cans
  • No scrap metal (drop-off available) 
  • No propane tanks (drop-off available)

Unacceptable Materials

All material that is listed in the above charts as unacceptable (except for items that have drop-off available) should be disposed of as trash

Items for which drop-off is available should be brought to the Recycling Center at the Highway Garage.