Household Recycling

Curbside recycling is offered in all cities and townships in Washington County. This is a general guideline of household items that are recyclable. Many communities accept additional materials for recycling than listed below. Contact your city, township, or waste hauler for more information.

Search the Disposal Directory to find local recycling and disposal options for unwanted items.

Visit to learn more about what happens to the items you put in your recycling cart. 

Yes and No list for recycling right at home

Tips to recycle right

  • Put items loose into your home recycling—do not use plastic bags.
  • Rinse all containers. OK to leave caps on.
  • Empty and flatten cardboard boxes.
  • Search the Disposal Directory is you're not sure about an item. 

Items accepted in your curbside recycling cart

Paper & Cardboard

  • Newspaper and inserts
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Mail and office papers
  • Cereal and cracker boxes
  • Cardboard boxes


  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Soup, broth, and wine cartons
  • Juice boxes

Metal food and beverage cans

  • Aluminum, tin, and steel cans

Glass bottles and jars

  • Glass food and beverage bottles and jars

Plastic bottles and containers

  • Containers numbered 1, 2 or 5
  • Soda, juice and water bottles
  • Milk and juice jugs
  • Margarine, cottage cheese, cream cheese and other tubs and lids
  • Dishwashing and laundry detergent bottles and jugs
  • Clear berry and produce containers
  • Yogurt, pudding and fruit cups