We offer recycling in our front-load containers for metal, cardboard, wood, etc. Trash Kans also offers single stream recycling containers. 

What is single-stream recycling?

Single-stream (also known as “fully commingled” or “single-sort”) recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals, and other containers are mixed in a collection truck, instead of being sorted by the depositor into separate commodities and handled separately throughout the collection process. Single-stream recycling programs make it easier for individuals and business to recycle. In single-stream, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle this fully commingled mixture of recyclables, with materials being separated for reuse at a materials recovery facility.

Single-Stream Recycling Container

Below are lists of acceptable and unacceptable items.


Acceptable items for recycling: paperboard boxes, opened mail & greeting cards, loose metal jar lids & steel bottle caps, paper egg cartons, rinsed plastic tubs, rinsed plastic bottles & jugs, paperback books, file folders, phone books, white & color office paper, rinsed, clean balled aluminum foil & pie pans, rinsed glass bottles & jars, empty aerosol cans, magazines, brochures & catalogs, newspapers & inserts, corrugated cardboard & paper bags, rinsed aluminum cans, rinsed paper milk & juice cartons.

Acceptable Items

  • Business envelopes
  • Business forms
  • Cardboard
  • Shredded Paper
  • Cereal & Shoe Boxes
  • Copy, Fax, Typing Paper
  • File Folders
  • Junk Mail
  • Manila Envelopes
  • Newspaper
  • Sticky Notes
  • Telephone Books
  • Aluminum, Steel, Cans
  • Beer, Wine, Bottles,
  • Food Jars
  • Glass Jars
  • Soda, Juice Bottles
  • Ketchup Bottles
  • Plastic Bottles & Jugs


  • Rinse Food From Containers
  • Break Down ALL Large Items to Maximize Space
  • No Trash, Hazardous Waste or Food Items
  • Do Not Block or Place Obstacles in Front of Recycling Container


The following items should NOT go in our single-stream recycling containers.

Unacceptable Items: plastic bags, Styrofoam, electronics, food waste

Unacceptable Paper

  • Wax paper
  • Soiled paper
  • Soiled napkins
  • Pet food bags
  • Photographs
  • Dryer sheets

Unacceptable Plastics

Non-bottle plastics (examples: garden hoses, trash & zip lock bags, cereal box bags, bubble wrap, clear plastic wrap, potato chip bags, single cheese wrappers, soiled plastic bottles & bags, Styrofoam, coolers, straws, plastic silverware, toys)

Unacceptable Aluminum

  • Soiled aluminum foil
  • Soiled tin cans

Unacceptable Cardboard

  • Soiled pizza boxes 
  • Soiled cardboard (examples: grease, mold, or paint)

Unacceptable Glass

  • Windowpane glass
  • Plated glass
  • Windshield glass
  • Mirrors
  • Tinted glass
  • Ceramics
  • Light bulbs
  • Candle glass
  • Pyrex or heat-resistant ovenware

Unacceptable Miscellaneous Items

  • Pillows
  • Carpeting
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Sheet rock
  • Wood
  • Yard waste
  • Metal or steel objects such as nails, wire, clothes hangers, or case strapping