Recyclable Materials List

If you can't reduce, recycle!

If you have more materials than will fit in your cart, put them in a cardboard box (3' x 3' x 3' or smaller) next to your cart.

The following materials are accepted in your recycling cart. All containers must be clean and empty. 


  • Cardboard

  • Office paper including windowed envelopes, color paper, file folders and post-it notes

  • Mail, magazines, mixed paper

  • Newspaper

  • Paper bags

  • Paper cups

  • Phone books & paperback books

  • Shredded paper

  • Wrapping paper (non-metalic)

  • Paper cartons

  • Juice boxes, Tetra Paks & aseptic containers 

  • Milk and soy milk cartons

  • Paper or frozen food boxes


  • Bottles (all colors and numbers)

  • Food containers and trays

  • Clear or colored plastic milk jugs

  • Dairy tubs

  • Pill bottles (no prescription vials)

  • Plastic cups

  • Lids (3 inches or wider)

  • Plastic plant pots

  • Plastic buckets

  • Plastic bags (shopping, newspaper and dry-cleaning bags when bagged together)

  • PVC pipe (white only)

  • Household rigid plastic items such as furniture, and laundry baskets


  • Aluminum cans

  • Aluminum foil & pie tins (clean)

  • Tin cans

  • Ferrous scrap metal 

  • Other scrap metals (less than 2’ x 2’ x 2’)


  • Bottles

  • Jars


For items that are recyclable but require special handling, please see the “What do I do with?” page

Download the Recycling Poster




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Service Update

All services are on schedule.

Due to the 4th of July holiday, regularly scheduled collection in Carnation will be delayed by one day. Please place your carts out for collection by 7am on Wednesday July 5th.

Carnation Customer Service

Hours of Operation
Daily 8am - 5pm

Carnation Pay By Phone 206.254.9947

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