There are more ways to recycle than ever before, but there are still several guidelines on what materials can be recycled.
While we can’t list every single item that can be recycled, here are the most common materials that can be recycled.
- Office paper, mail, and envelopes
- Paper bags
- Cardboard boxes (broken down)
- Magazines and Catalogs of any kind
Only plastics labeled with the recycling symbol (1) through (3)
- Bottles (beverage, condiment, etc.)
- Containers (detergent, shampoo, etc.)
- PVC (less than 1/2” thick)
Aluminum and Metal
- Food and beverage cans
- Aerosol cans (empty)
- Small scrap sheet metal
- Metal pots and pans
- Clean aluminum foil
All glass bottles and jars of any color can be recycled.
*In the State of Utah, Glass is not accepted in your regular recycling bin. Contact us if you generate a lot of glass waste and we can establish a specific glass recycling program
All recycled items should be clean, dry, empty, and loose (not bagged). However, if bagging is necessary, you should ONLY use clear plastic trash bags. Clear bags are ones that you can see the waste through the bag.
Common Non-Recyclable Materials
Grocery bags are commonly mistaken as a recyclable item. Most grocery stores have a bin to return plastic bags so they can be reused.
Film plastics are not recyclable. Like grocery bags, most grocery stores have a bin to return old film.
Styrofoam is one of the most unsustainable products as it is not recyclable and lasts forever in landfills. Styrofoam does more harm than good. At Atlas Disposal, we suggest using paper-based products where possible.
Food scraps or food-soiled paper should not be recycled in a traditional recycling bin. There are special food and organic recycling programs for this material.
Tips on Recycling
We understand that remembering where every item goes and what can and cannot be recycled can be difficult. Atlas Disposal offers sustainability education to help you incorporate recycling into your business process.