What Materials Are Included?

What Materials Are Included?

Each category has a defined set of recyclable materials that can be included in the weekly weight totals. Aside from the targeted material categories, the following materials are reported for the main categories:

Materials Counted:

The following details what may be included under the traditional material categories.

  • Paper
    • Boxboard / chipboard
    • Catalogs
    • Hard and softbound books
    • Junk mail
    • Magazines
    • Newspaper
    • Office Paper(all colors)
    • Phone books
  • Cans and Bottles
    • #1 through #7 Plastic (e.g., soda, water, juice, beer, laundry detergent bottles)
    • Aluminum cans
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Steel cans
    • Other food or beverage containers accepted by local recycling program
  • Cardboard
    • Baled and unbaled cardboard boxes
    • Boxboard / chipboard
  • Trash
    • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
    • Construction and demolition waste and medical waste are not included
  • Food Service Organics
    • Pre and post-consumer food waste
    • Compostable dinnerware, napkins, etc.
    • Food waste used as animal feed may be included
    • Used cooking oil
  • Electronics (E-Waste)
    Schools may include specific materials not included on this list that are otherwise accepted as "electronics" by their recycling service provider.
    • Computers, printers, related equipment
    • Hand held devices
    • Consumer electronics
    • Power cords, chargers and other ancillary equipment

Unacceptable Materials:

The following materials are not included in the combined material categories:

  • Appliances
  • Materials from construction and demolition projects
  • Furniture
  • Industrial plastics
  • Pallets
  • Scrap metal
  • Scrap wood
  • Yard waste
  • Other miscellaneous recyclable items not listed under "Materials Counted."

Electronics weights are featured in the targeted E-cyclemania category, but are not included in the Per Capita Classic, Grand Champion, Waste Minimization or Gorilla categories.