Recycling Cart Items

Household Waste / Curbside Pickup

Recycling Reminders (Grey Lid / Grey Cart)

  • Do not use plastic bags, keep the recyclables loose in the cart (exception is shredded paper- place in a clear bag).
  • Make sure items are free from liquids and food residue.

Acceptable Recycling Cart Items:

Item Categories

  • Metal (no liquids or food)
  • Plastic (except those labeled “compostable”, no liquids or food)
  • Paper (clean, dry, unsoiled, unlaminated, unwaxed)
  • Glass (no liquids or food)


  • Aluminum cans OR, take to these locations for cash back (CRV)
  • Empty aerosol cans (must be empty)
  • Hangers
  • Paint cans (must be empty or dry)
  • Tin Pie tins; Cans from soup, tuna, vegetable, juice, coffee


  • Beverage Containers – juice, soda, water – OR, take to these locations for cash back (CRV)
  • Buckets (#1-#7)
  • Toys (#1-#7) – OR, donate to a local charity. Click here for more reuse ideas.
  • Tubs (#1-#7)


  • Bulk/junk mail, envelopes, catalogs – OR, opt-out of junkmail for good!
  • Cardboard Boxes (flattened)
  • File folders
  • Mixed paper (printer, color, all types accepted)
  • Newspapers, magazines – OR, use to make wrapping paper and envelopes. Click here for more reuse ideas.
  • Paper board cereal boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, egg cartons, beverage boxes, dry food boxes, milk cartons
  • Paper towels (must be clean and dry)
  • Pizza boxes (no food residue)
  • Shredded paper (must bag before placing in cart)
  • Soft bound books, hard bound books (inside only, no cover) – OR, donate to the Irvine library. Click here for more ideas.
  • Telephone books, directories