Recycling | The dos and don’ts of curbside recycling in Centre County

April 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

Are you the only one on your street who can never seem to get your curbside recycling right? Do you come home from work on recycling day and hope that your recycling bin is turned upside down; indicating that all of your recyclables were correct this time? If so, then this column is for you. The following are tips on preparing the perfect curbside recycling bin so you’ll never come home to a “Thank you for recycling but …” note.


There is an easy trick to preparing plastic items for your curbside bin. If the plastic item is a bottle, jug or jar, put it in the bin. This includes items like soda, water, shampoo and laundry detergent bottles; milk, water and juice jugs; and peanut butter and mayonnaise jars.

If you cannot associate the words bottle, jug or jar with your plastic item, then please do not put it in your bin. All other plastic “containers” will be left in curbside bins.

As always, please make sure all plastic items are rinsed.

Plastic lids/caps

Plastic lids and caps may be recycled and can be left on the plastic bottle, jug or jar .


All aluminum, steel and tin food and beverage cans are accepted in our curbside program. In addition to food and beverage cans, we also accept clean aluminum foil, clean aluminum pie pans, empty aerosol cans (without the lids) and empty paint cans.

Remember to rinse. We cannot accept food contaminated items in our bins.


Place clear, brown, green and blue glass bottles and jars in your curbside bin. Lids and caps from your glass bottles and jars can be placed in the bin or left on the bottle or jar. Please rinse bottles and jars.

Do not place ceramics, light bulbs, window glass, lab glass, plates, drinking glasses, or coffee and beer mugs in the curbside bin.


All paper recycled curbside should be either bagged or bundled. We cannot accept loose paper at the curb because the wind can turn your loose paper into litter. Bag magazines and catalogs together or bundle by tying them with string.

Bag or bundle newspaper separately. This helps our employees when shredding newspaper for local farmers to use as animal bedding.

Bag all other mixed paper together (office paper, mail, shredded paper, phone books, paperboard, etc).

Corrugated cardboard

Corrugated cardboard boxes should be flattened and set next to your curbside recycling bin. We cannot accept waxy, oily, wet or un-flattened corrugated cardboard.

I hope this helps you to prepare the perfect recycling bin. All staff at the Centre County Recycling Refuse Authority appreciate the time and energy that our residents put into our recycling program, and this is why the people of Centre County share one of the best programs in the country.

Amy Schirf is education coordinator for the Centre County Recycling Refuse Authority. For more recycling news, email amyschirf@uplink. net.

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