What to Recycle?

Learn more about what and how to recycle

What to Recycle?

Recycling is Easy with Single Stream! The City of West Haven aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and help West Haven residents to be more knowledgeable about what can be recycled, composted, trashed, or taken to a different site. To do this, we need your help!

​Please see below for the items that are accepted for recycling. Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save!

​Need a BLUE recycling bin? The Department of Public Works provides one recycling bin per household. Residents can pick up a FREE bin from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays on the first floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.

PLEASE RECYCLE:

Plastic Bottles, Jars, Jugs, & Tubs

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  • Plastic Bottles and Containers (clean & empty containers with lids and caps ON)

  • Plastic Soda, Water & Drink Bottles

  • Plastic Food & Household Bottles/Jars
    (screw top bottles and jars, ex. ketchup, mayonnaise, detergent, shampoo)

  • Plastic Tubs & Lids
    (ex. yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese)

  • Plastic Produce, Deli & Bakery Containers, Cups, Trays
    (berries/produce containers)

Please do not include:

  • No plastic bags or plastic utensils. Bring plastic bags back to the grocery store.

  • No black plastic take-out containers

 

  • No Polystyrene (Styrofoam)

 

  • No bulky plastics (buckets, crates) or toys

  • No flower pots

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Glass Bottles & Jars

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  • Glass bottles and jars (empty containers with caps OFF)

  • All glass colors

 

Please do not include:

  • No windows, mirrors, or auto glass

 

  • No light bulbs (fluorescent bulbs should be disposed of properly)

  • No dishes, ceramics, or Pyrex

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Metal Cans & Aluminum

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  • Metal cans and Aluminum (empty containers)

  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans

 

  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil

Please do not include:

  • No chains, wires or hangers

  • No aerosol containers

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Paper & Cardboard

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  • Magazines & Catalogs

  • All newspapers & inserts

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.) & paper bags

  • Cardboard – please flatten

  • Office paper, Junk mail (Staples, paperclips, spirals, & plastic envelope windows are OK)

  • Brown bags

  • Phone books

  • Cartons, empty and replace cap

Please do not include:

  • No recyclables with food waste (food soiled paper can go in your green bags!)

 

  • No napkins, paper towels, tissues (put these in your green bags!)

  • No frozen food boxes

  • No gift wrap

  • No foam padding