How to Properly Sort Your Recycled Materials

How to Properly Sort Your Recycled Materials

How to Properly Sort Your Recycled Materials

Do you shy away from recycling because you think it is too difficult to understand what exactly can be recycled?  Are you struggling to understand how to properly recycle in your community?  When you read the information in your local community and talk to those who do recycle, you can learn the proper etiquette and rules that should be followed when you recycle, even with plastic recycling in New Jersey.  There are a few things you should understand about properly sorting your recyclables.


Recyclable paper includes newspapers, magazines, mail, envelopes, paper bags, sticky notes, and shredded paper.  When you are recycling paperboard, like cereal boxes, you should break them down and flatten them before placing them in your recycling bin.  You should not recycle any napkins and paper towels.  Also, avoid trying to recycle waxy paperboard containers, like butter containers.


Most recycling centers will accept corrugated cardboard, but you will want to prepare it the right way.  Corrugated cardboard is two layers of cardboard with the wavy layer in between, and this should be broken down and flattened before you recycle.  When you put these out for recycling, be sure that you keep them dry and out of the rain.  Avoid bundling your cardboard with any plastic ties.  Also, if your cardboard boxes have food residue or grease stains, you will want to simply throw them in the trash instead.


Glass containers can also be recycled, as their quality is never degraded.  This includes wine and beer bottles, food jars, and other glassware.  When you recycle your glass, it is important to clean these containers and remove the entire food residue.  If you leave food contamination in the jars, they will not be able to be recycled.


Plastic recycling in New Jersey is possible when you remove all the food contaminants from the containers.  We often accept plastic bags, Styrofoam, plastic containers, PVC, straws, and PVC.  These materials should not be smaller than a credit card so that they can be repurposed.

Aluminum and Tin

More common recycling materials are aluminum and tin, such as cans for soda or beer, soup cans, and tin foil.  We recommend not recycling your scrap metal, even if it is aluminum or tin-made materials.  Also, we do not accept paint cans or aerosol containers, so these must be properly removed in other ways.

These are a few of the facts you will want to know when it comes time for you to sort your recycled items properly.  In order to follow the rules of your recycling center, you should take the time to sort your items so they can be repurposed correctly when they get to the facility.  We handle everything from paper to aluminum to plastic recycling in New Jersey.  Contact the experts at All County Recycling if you have any questions about our recycling policies today.