Recycling Material Accepted

Please view below acceptable and non-acceptable materials that can be collected

Collectible Materials

  • Paper. Most types of paper products that comes into your home, including all cardboard boxes (examples are cracker, cereal, frozen food, dry food, pizza boxes)
  • Shredded Paper.  Place shredded paper in paper bags, securely fold over the top and place in the recycling container.  Think before you shred.   Only shred paper that contains sensitive information
  • Plastic. Storage containers and rigid plastic (examples bottles, jars, jugs, buckets, flower pots, toys, lawn furniture). No Plastic Bags.
  • Metal. Aluminum/ Steel/ Tin cans, foil and pans, empty aerosol cans.
  • Glass. Bottles, jars, and containers of any color, shape and size.

  Printable Recycling Handout

Unacceptable Materials

  • Food Waste or recyclables heavily contaminated with food.
  • Although plastic trays, cups, utensils, snack bags, and film plastic can be recycled, it is not accepted within the City's Recycling program due to the problems it causes with the mechanical equipment at the processing facility.
  • Plastic bags are not acceptable for recycling at the curb due to the problems it causes with the mechanical equipment at the processing facility.Many grocery stores accept plastic bags. Check with your local grocer for more details.
  • Although Styrofoam can be recycled, it is currently not accepted within the City's recycling program. Styrofoam is a very light material and because of this it tends to contaminate other recyclables when collected in a mixed stream. To ensure that we receive the highest value for all other recyclables that the City currently accepts in the program, Styrofoam is excluded from the list of materials recyclable items.
  • Used motor oil/ antifreeze bottles even if empty.
  • Broken glass (examples are mirrors, drinking glasses).


  • To assure pickup, you must use the City's "Annapolis Recycles" blue container.
  • Place all recyclable materials, including paper, together loose in the container.
  • Remove food waste and lightly rinse the recyclable containers.  Food Waste can contaminate the recyclables and cause the load to be rejected causing it to enter the refuse stream.
  • Recycling shall be securely placed in the container with heavier material on top. 
  • Break down and bundle cardboard with a natural fiber twine, or place broken-down cardboard in a paper bag or in a recycling container. The cardboard should be no larger than 2ft. by 3ft.
  • Place at the curb the night before your scheduled collection day.