Recycle Like a Champion: Thanksgiving Recycling Tips

Recycling Champion

Recycle Like a Champion: Thanksgiving Recycling Tips

Please remove ALL FOOD that is left inside any container that will be recycled.

  • Canned cranberry sauce or pumpkin purée: YES! Aluminum or steel cans are recyclable.
  • Boxed pie crusts and stuffing mixes: YES!  Cardboard boxes can be broken down and recycled.
  • Egg cartons:
    • Cardboard cartons YES!
    • Foam cartons NO!
    • Plastic egg cartons YES! if there is a recycle symbol on the carton. If not, toss it in the trash.
  • Boxed turkey, chicken, or vegetable stock: NO! The combination of paper, polyethylene, and sometimes aluminum makes this type of carton non-recyclable.
  • Plastic butter tubs: YES! If they are cleaned. Throw them into the dishwasher or clean with hot, soapy water before tossing them into the recycle bin.
  • Wine/beer/soda bottles and cans, and liquor bottles: YES!
  • Pie tins and aluminum foil: YES!  If they are cleaned. Otherwise, toss them into the trash.
  • Used paper plates, napkins, and paper towels: NO!  The soiled and degraded paper fibers cannot be used to create new paper products. Throw these items into the trash.
  • Plastic utensils: NO!

To be a recycling champion, always remember: 

  1. Do not bag any recyclables – throw them loose into the bin.
  2. No plastic shopping bags in the recycle bin.
  3. When in doubt, throw it out.