Tips and Tricks: An Easy Recycling Guide

June 20, 2018

Recycling can be an intimidating task, especially when it is tempting to simply throw used items in the trash bin. Knowing what can be recycled, and what can't, is a great way to start. 

  • Paper & Cardboard
    • Flyers, magazines, junkmail, paper, and cardboard.
    • Avoid waxy paper (milk or juice cartons) and dirty food containers (pizza boxes), they can't be recycled.
  • Plastic
    • Plastic containers with the number 1 through 7 on the bottom can be recycled.
    • Do not include plastic shopping bags or disposable utensils. Plastic bags can be dropped off at major retail chains and grocery stores for recycling.
  • Aluminum and Tin Cans
    • Aluminum and tin cans be recycled. You do not have to remove paper labels. It is a good idea to rinse out used containers to help prevent mold or insect problems, especially if recycling bins are kept indoors.
  • Glass Containers
    • Glass containers and cups can be recycled. Don't break containers into small pieces, as it makes it difficult for recycling companies to sort and separate glass of different colors.
    • Don't try to recycle old incandescent light bulbs, they contain metal parts. Flourescent light bulbs contain hazardous chemicals which are unsafe for recycling.
  • Old Appliances and Gadgets
    • Many electronic stores can recycle obsolete, broken, or unwanted electronics, including: cellular phones, computers and laptops, printers, game consoles, etc.
    • Large appliances such as refrigerators and freezers are not allowed to be placed inside of trash or recycling bins. If you live in Kansas City Missouri you can schedule a bulky item pickup through For other communities contact your local municipality for more information.
  • Hazardous Waste
    • Household Hazardous Waste are items that can't be recycled or thrown away safely. Those include: paint cans, spray paint and aerosol cans, cleaners, lawn and garden byproducts, automotive fluids, bug sprays, flourescent lights, and other chemical products. To find out how to safely dispose of these items (through drop-offs or pickups) visit, click on the 'Hazardous Waste' tab, and select the page pertaining to either Kansas or Missouri residents.