Des Moines

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. 

Paper:

  • 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

Plastic:

  • 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

Metal:

  • Aluminum cans

  • Aluminum foil & pie tins (clean)

  • Tin cans

  • Ferrous scrap metal 

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

Glass:

  • 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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