What can I recycle?
See our recycling flyer here. By carefully sorting our recycling, 95-98% becomes a new product! According to the EPA, only about 30% of recycling in single stream systems (put it all in one can) gets recycled due to contamination.
Plastic bottles and jugs
Examples are bottles that contain beverages like water and juice; shampoo and body lotion bottles; jugs that contain dish soap or laundry detergent.
Make sure your bottles and jugs are clean and empty so they don’t contaminate all the good ones. Please remove the cap as it can be a hazard to the workers nearby when the plastic is compacted into a bale for shipment. According to our sorting facility in Tacoma, our bottles and jugs are recycled at end markets on the west coast (British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, or California). When plastic bottles are recycled they can be made into lots of things: t-shirts, sweaters, fleece jackets, insulation for jackets and sleeping bags, carpeting and more bottles!
Do not put plastic bottles that have contained hazardous materials like motor oil, antifreeze, weed killer, etc. in the recycling. These must go in the trash. If these containers still have material in them, take them to a Household Hazard Waste collections event.