Recycle Right


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Not only is recycling important,
but it’s also easy to do.

More and more people in Delaware are recycling every day. But not everyone is recycling the right way. If it’s not done correctly, all those items—and your time—will go to waste.

For more information about recycling please visit or call 302.739.9403.

Know the Rules, Recycle Right

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What to Recycle

Place these materials loose in recycling carts or dumpsters—no bags please.



Mail and Magazines

Regular and junk mail/magazines

Paperback Books

Paperback Books

Paperboard Boxes

Paperboard Boxes

Pizza Boxes

Pizza boxes (empty)
(no food residue)

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard

Telephone Book

Telephone Books

Office paper and file folders

Office paper/file folders

Rigid Plastic Bucket

Rigid plastic

Yogurt containers

Yogurt and butter containers

Plastic bottle

Plastic bottles/jugs



Glass bottles

Glass bottles/jars
(Remove and recycle lids and caps separately)

Aluminum cans

Aluminum and metal cans
(Can lids and clean foil)


What Not to Recycle

These items should not go in your bin, but they’re the most common recycling errors made in Delaware. Some materials are accepted for recycling in other programs.

Plastic bag

Plastic grocery bags
(Return to stores for recycling)

In a bag

Recyclables in plastic bags

Food residue

Liquids or food residue

Shredded paper

Shredded paper
(Recycle at DSWA Document Shredding Event)

Scrap metal

Scrap metal
(Recycle at scrap yards)

Hazardous waste

Hazardous waste
(Recycle at DSWA Collection Event)




Non-recyclable plastics
(DSWA drop off program)

Paper cups

Paper cups

Jar lids

Remove Caps/lids on glass bottles or jars
(Recycle metal lids separately)

Non-recycle glass

Ceramic or nonrecyclable glass
(Recycle CFL bulbs at home improvement stores or DSWA Collection Events)

Frozen food

Frozen food containers
(Recycle plastic trays)


Downloadable Materials

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We’re here to help you sort it out.

Place items loosely in the bin, not in a garbage bag.

Recycle plastic grocery bags at the store.

Rinse all containers of liquid or food residue.

Don’t crush aluminum cans or plastic bottles.

Put the lid back on plastic bottles.

How to Recycle Guide

Learn more in our guide to recycling.

Many everyday items are recyclable, and those that aren’t should be tossed in the trash. But some special materials, such as electronic goods and certain household items, could pose a threat and may require specific handling procedures.

Use this guide for tips and resources on how to recycle in Delaware.

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