What Is Recyclable In Baltimore?


What Is Recyclable in Baltimore?

Baltimore City's Recycling Program

Baltimore City is offering residential- and business recycling programs to help accomplish its zero waste targets. As many people and businesses are asking us: "What is Recyclable?", we have compiled a list of items that Baltimore City will take through its recycling program.

Accepted Recycling Items:
  • Aerosol Cans (empty);
  • Aluminum: cans, beverage and food containers, foil (clean), and pie pans;
  • Books: hardbound, paperback and text books;
  • Bottles: narrow-neck bottles used for food liquids, soap, soda or water - (lightly clean if heavily soiled);
  • Cardboard and paperboard boxes corrugated boxes, egg containers, food boxes (including cereal boxes and pizza boxes), frozen food packaging, mailing boxes and show boxes;
  • Cartons (waxed): used for a liquid such as juices, milk or soups;
  • Glass containers such as bottles and jars (brown, clear or green - please lightly rinse);
  • Juice Boxes (clean);
  • Mail: envelopes with plastic windows;
  • Metal: beverage and food containers;
  • Paper (all colors and types): catalogs, folders, junk mail, magazines, mixed paper, newsprint (all types), non-metallic wrapping paper, office papers, printer paper, school papers and shredded paper;
  • Plastic: bottles and jars (narrow neck and screw top – lightly clean if heavily soiled) -e.g., detergent/bleach bottles, juice bottles, milk jugs, soda bottles, water bottles; wide-mouthed containers (lightly clean if heavily soiled) -e.g., cottage cheese, margarine, mayonnaise, sour cream and yogurt (you can leave the caps and labels on); drinking cups and prescription bottles, including lids and caps;
  • Steel: beverage containers and food;
  • Tin: cans and foil.
Unacceptable Recycling Items:
  • Carry out or deli food containers;
  • Cat litter;
  • Cookware and plates (plastic);
  • Containers of toxic substances (e.g., bottles, cans of motor oil, pesticides, etc.);
  • Contaminated paper products (e.g., napkins, paper towels, waxed paper, paper plates and tissue);
  • Contaminated plastic products (e.g., plates, utensils, cookware, to-go cartons);
  • Dry cleaning bags;
  • Food Waste;
  • Glass (window and mirror);
  • Plastic bags including grocery and newspaper covers;
  • Utensils (plastic);
  • Waxed paper

If you have any questions about Baltimore City's Recycling Program, please check out their website. To see which day recycling is picked up in your neighborhood, please go here.

Blog Posts

In the upcoming blog posts, we will add Case Studies on how businesses have set up their trash, recycling and/or compost program.

We will also provide information on what is recyclable, what is compostable and how to set up a trash area.

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