city of philadelphia’s recycling

What They Will Take
PLASTICS
Emptied and rinsed – caps are OK
All Food and Beverage Containers
Hard Plastic Takeout Containers
Plastic Cold Drink Cups and Lids
Detergent and Shampoo Bottles
Pump and Spray Bottles
Plastic Pails, Buckets, Garden Pots
PAPER
Newspapers and Inserts
​Magazines, Brochures, and Catalogs
Junk Mail, Envelopes, Writing Paper
Scrap Paper
Paper Bags
Phone Books
Paperback Books
Greeting Cards, Gift Wrap (non-metallic)
CARTONS (ASEPTIC PACKAGING)
Emptied and rinsed
Milk
Juice
Ice Cream
Wine
Soups
METALS
Emptied and rinsed
Aluminum, Steel, and Tin Cans
Empty Paint Cans
Empty Aerosol Cans
Metal Trays and Baking Dishes
Jar Lids and Bottle Caps
Clean Aluminum Foil
GLASS
Emptied and rinsed – caps are OK
All Bottles and Jars
CARDBOARD
Flattened and free of grease and food
Corrugated Cardboard Shipping Boxes
Clean Pizza Boxes
Paper Towel Rolls
Egg Cartons
Dry Food Boxes
What They Will NOT Take
Will We Take It or What To Do With It?
Plastic Bags Yes
Styrofoam™ Food/Beverage Containers and Shipping/Packing Material Yes
Food Waste No, check with a Compost Company
Wet or Food-Soiled Paper No, Trash It
Waxed Paper Plates, Cups, and Takeout Containers No, Trash It
Greasy Pizza Boxes No, Trash It
Tissues, Paper Towels, and Napkins No, Trash It
Light Bulbs Yes
Porcelain and Non-Container Glass Yes
Cassette Tapes (VHS and audio) Yes
Garden Hoses Yes
Needles and Syringes No, Trash It. (We are currently working on this)
Electronics Yes
Check Out the Complete List Here
For General Process Flow for Disposal RECYCLING FLOW CHART.pdf
For More Information on How to Recycle in Philadelphia How To Recycle