Everyone knows recycling is extremely important for our community and our environment. But did you know that keeping your recycled items free from contamination is key to a successful recycling program? Too much contamination can ruin a whole load of recyclable material. Knowing what items can be recycled is the first major step to reducing contaminating your recyclables. Here is a list of items that can be recycled.

  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum
  • Paperboard
  • Shredded Paper
  • Mixed Paper
  • Carton Containers
  • Glass Containers
  • Plastics

We’ve compiled a list of the five most common contaminants. Questions about what goes where? Visit WhatBin.com!

Top 5 Recycling Contaminants:

Plastic Wrap – Plastic that doesn’t hold its shape (frozen food packaging, chip bags, and wrapping around toilet paper) cannot be recycled. Place these items in the garbage.  Pizza Boxes & Waxed Cardboard – Grease and wax are not good candidates for paper recycling. Place these items in the garbage.

Frozen Food Boxes – Paperboard boxes that were designed for freezer foods, such as frozen pizza and entrées, have a plastic polymer sprayed on them to protect against freezer burn. That same coating prevents the box from breaking down in the recycling process. These materials are not recyclable OR compostable.

Bagged Recycling – Keep your recycling loose in your cart. Bagged recycling cannot be processed at our recycling facility for safety reasons and is often sent directly to the landfill.

Plastic Bags – At our recycling facility, loose plastic bags become tangled in machinery and cannot be effectively sorted for recycling. Ask your grocery store if they offer a take-back program, visit PlasticFilmRecycling.org to research other drop-off locations, or place in the garbage.


If you would like more information regarding recycling at a property we manage, please email us at support@realpm.com or give us a ring at 707.444.3835! For more information on recycling or where you can take your recyclable items visit Recology.com