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Martin County

The Martin County website lists specific guidelines as to what materials are or are not recyclable in your area; please consult this list (as well as any materials you may have received from your county or recycling servicer) as you collect your recyclables. But remember, you can always recycle MORE than just what's collected! Reusable goods can be given to thrift stores or churches, food waste can be composted, some materials can be sent directly to remanufacturers... For tips on recycling MORE than what's normally collected, check out our mega list of what can be recycled and how.


Recycling Guidelines

Martin County residents with curbside collection service as well as residents using drop-off sites ahould use the following guidelines for recycling. Separate your recyclables into two categories:

Items that can be recycled are containers that hold food or have a handle. Containers need to be free of food or residue and rinsed. These items should be placed loose and can be mixed together in the recycling bin.
-- Glass can be clear, green, brown or blue.
-- Metal includes aluminum beverage cans, pie tin or trays, and tin/steel cans.
-- Plastic includes containers marked with recycling symbol #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 or #7.

Accepted materials include: newspapers and inserts; copy and computer paper; junk mail; phone books; magazines; catalogs; boxboard (cereal, cake mix, chip and cracker boxes); corrugated cardboard.
-- Materials should be bundled with a cord or placed in a paper bag.
-- Do not place items in plastic bags of any kind, they will not be accepted.
-- Corrugated cardboard boxes must be broken down and bundled with cord in a bundle no larger than 2 ft x 2 ft x 6 inches.
-- If it is raining or looks like rain, please wait for another day to put it out or put the bundle inside the recycling bin -- if materials get wet, they will not be accepted.

No plastic bags are to be used or set out. Rinse all containers clean (labels are OK). Remove and discard all caps, lids, covers, O-rings and pumps.

-- String or twine
-- Paper towels, napkins or tissues
-- Cups, coffee filters or tea bags
-- Waxed paper (milk cartons, drinking boxes or
-- frozen food boxes, etc.)
-- Candy or gum wrappers
-- Cellophane or foil
-- Bathroom waste paper or cotton balls
-- Photos, slides or transparencies
-- Aerosol cans or paint cans
-- Motor oil or gasoline containers
-- Light bulbs
-- Pens
-- Windowpanes or mirrors
-- Pottery or ceramics
-- Disposable razors or needles
-- Toys
-- Dishes or glasses
-- Medicine containers
-- Plastic cups, silverware or trays
-- Foam cups or foam packaging
-- Plastic bags or plastic wrap


(Last updated April 13, 2011)

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