Having unacceptable materials mixed in with your recyclables contaminates the entire container, resulting in it getting left behind on the curb. Follow these easy steps to avoid contamination.
Recycle the four collectible materials - PPMG
Clean your materials before throwing them in the container
Avoid tossing pesky plastics into your container
If you're unsure about whether a material is recyclable, send us an email or use TextMyGov.
Some products are made with both recyclable and non-recyclable material. Sort the different components from each other, clean them and then place them in the appropriate container. Check out some examples below.
Peanut Butter Jar
Scrape the sides to remove most of the leftover peanut butter and recycle the jar and lid. If too much peanut butter remains, toss the jar and recycle the lid.
Place the cardboard box into recycling and toss the plastic bag in the trash.
Package from the Mail
Throw out all packaging material so you can recycle the box.
Recycle the clean dish and box but trash the plastic film.
Separate the metal ends, cardboard tube and icing container (if included) from each other. Then rinse and recycle the pieces separately.
Box of Wine
Remove the plastic bag from the box and place it in the trash. Recycle the cardboard box.
Water Bottle Case
Remove the plastic film wrapping the case and place that in the trash. Recycle the cardboard and empty bottles.
Remove the cans from the plastic holder ans place the plastic holder in the trash. Recycle the empty cans.
Once you filled your container with the clean, loose recyclables for the week, set it outside by 6:00 a.m. the morning of your curbside collection. Make sure you place your container on or close to the curb, but not in the street where it will obstruct other residents from driving or parking. Also, we cannot enter private property to collect containers left in the yard.
Show us how you're rethinking recycling by connecting with us on social media, using #AnnapolisRecycles. For specific questions, contact us at 410-263-7949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.