We accept paper in our curbside recycling program, and as a recyclable at our Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.
Combine all clean paper items and place them in
Rinse all paper milk, juice and drink cartons and remove their plastic caps.
Staples, paper clips, and plastic "windows" do not need to be removed.
Do not use yard trim bags for your recyclable paper! When recycling collection crews see these at the curb, they will assume that they contain leaves, grass, or brush.
Cardboard boxes do not need to be cut to size, tied, or flattened for collection. (However, flattened boxes make collections more efficient and maximize the space in your cart.) Simply set your boxes out next to your blue bin for collection.
We periodically hold community paper shredding and recycling events. Visit our paper shredding page to check the current schedule.
If your paper or cardboard items get wet because of rain, snow, or ice, we will still pick them up on your recycling day.
Even when the outside of paper bundles is wet, the material inside is usually dry. If you know that wet weather is forecast for your collection day, you may like to hold your paper items for the following week’s collection.
The easiest way to keep your paper dry at the curb is to use a wheeled paper recycling cart.
Do not put your paper or cardboard into plastic bags to keep it dry. We do not accept recyclables in plastic bags.
We cannot accept mildewed paper or cardboard.
We do not accept
Do not place plastic bags, plastic wrap or Styrofoam® products in your mixed paper recycling container.
Never place syringes or other sharps in a carton that is to be placed in the mixed paper recycling cart.