1. Learn what goes in Vermont blue recycling bins
Empty and rinsed clean Containers like bottles, cans, and jars, and clean and dry Paper and Cardboard. Aluminum, steel, glass, paper, cardboard, and plastics #1 and 2 are banned from the landfill.
2. Learn the blue bin recycling DOs and DON'Ts
- DO rinse recyclable containers clean. They don't have to be perfect—just free of most residue.
- DO breakdown and fold large cardboard boxes.
- DO buy materials made from post-consumer recycled materials—you'll help create markets for recyclabes!
- DON'T place styrofoam or black plastic in the recycling. There is no current market for these materials.
- DON'T put anything smaller than two inches on two sides in your recycling bin.
- DON'T place plastic bags in the recycling bin. Bags clog up the sorting machines.
- DON'T put anything with leftover food on it in the recycling. That's gross! And it reduces the value of the recyclables.
Real people sort your recycling. When you put the wrong things in your bin, it makes their job gross—or downright dangerous. The photos above are things that cause the most problems at sorting facilities. Please don't put them in your recycling bin or cart. Some of these materials, however, can be recycled elsewhere!
3. Ask your waste district, town, or hauler what else you can recycle.
You may be able to recycle other items in your town. Contact your waste district or town or hauler to learn more. Find transfer stations or recycling centers near you using the Materials Management Map. Visit our "What Do I Do With This...?" page to learn more about state-wide, drop-off recycling programs for other materials, like electronics, batteries, and paint.
- Call the Waste Management Division switchboard at (802) 828-1138.
- Post questions on the Vermont Recycling & Composting Initiative Facebook page or send a private message.
It's a simple way you can take care of our beautiful state. Recycling creates jobs and new products, reduces climate change, and conserves resources, energy, and landfill space. In Vermont, your recycling can be picked up curb-side or you can drop it off a transfer station or recycling center.