If it fits the description below, it can go in the recycling bin. If it does not, it should go in the trash (unless it is a clean, dry plastic bag; they can be recycled at area grocery, pharmacy and retail stores). Please rinse and place the following items in your blue bin. They can also be taken to OCRRA's Ley Creek Drop-Off Site.

• BOTTLE* - something that has a neck and a smaller opening than base (has threads at the neck for a screw on cap),

• JUG* - something with a handle - like a milk jug or laundry detergent bottle,

• JAR* - similar to the bottle description: example) peanut butter jar, or

• WIDE-MOUTH, STACKABLE DAIRY TUB – any tub that previously contained a dairy product like butter, yogurt, Cool Whip, cream cheese, etc. It must be able to nest inside itself though. If you can’t stack them inside themselves, they are not recyclable. Lids are not recyclable on the wide-mouth stackable dairy tubs.

*Plastic caps on bottles, jugs or jars can be recycled, but only if you reattach them. If they go in the bin loose they end up as trash. If you have a spray cap, it should be removed and thrown in the trash.

METAL caps go in the trash. They will be recovered at the Waste-to-Energy Facility and recycled. Each year 10,000 tons of metal are recycled this way!

You can watch a video about the Waste-to-Energy process here:

Residents can choose how they manage the PLASTIC caps to their bottles/jugs/jars. They can either be removed from the bottle and thrown in the trash, or they can go in the blue bin, but only if attached to the bottle. To prevent them from "falling through the cracks" during the recycling process, follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove cap.
  2. Rinse bottle (do NOT crush - the 3-D nature of a bottle helps keep it separate from paper at the recycling sorting facility).
  3. Replace cap.
  4. Place in blue bin.

Also recyclable are cartons - think milk or juice cartons - cardboard, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, softcover books, paperboard boxes - like cereal, pasta, tissue - office paper, mail and NON-frozen food boxes.

If you find yourself having to ask yourself too many questions when deciding if something goes in the bin vs. not, it should go in the trash to avoid contaminating the other recyclables.

When in doubt, if you can't check it out (on our website, on Facebook, or by calling us at 315-453-2866), throw it out.


Instead of purchasing drink bottles, try:

  1. A water filtration system and glassware - this eliminates plastic water bottles all together!
  2. Larger soda or juice jugs and glassware
  3. Buying items in bulk


Try to reuse these items before placing them in the blue bin.


Any bottles, jars and jugs that are empty, but previously held hazardous materials should be disposed of in the trash. For example, empty oil, gas, fertilizer or pesticide containers should go in the trash, not in your recycle bin.

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