Put In Recycling Container

Items for Your Recycling Container

What can I recycle?

This interactive guide shows items that can be placed inside your recycling container. Recyclables should be clean, dry, and loosely placed in the container - no plastic bags! Other recyclables are allowed in specialized drop off programs.

Please reference our other guides to learn about other items that you need to dispose of.  

Plastic Beverage Bottles

Plastic Beverage Bottles

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. You can keep the caps on unless you are recycling these bottles at a buy back center. Examples include water, soda, and juice bottles.

Milk Bottles

Plastic Milk Bottles

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. You can keep the caps on unless you are recycling these bottles at a buy back center.

Laundry Detergent Bottles

Laundry Detergent Bottles

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. You can keep the caps on unless you are recycling these bottles at a buy back center.

Soap Bottles

Soap, Shampoo, and Conditioner Bottles

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. You can keep the caps on unless you are recycling these bottles at a buy back center.

[Photo credit: Onderwijsgek / CC BY-SA]

Plastic Buckets

Plastic Buckets

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Rigid plastics greater than 6" are still valuable recyclables.

Plastic Tubs

Plastic Crates and Tubs

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Rigid plastics greater than 6" are still valuable recyclables.

Plastic Flower Pots

Plastic Flower Pots

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Rigid plastics greater than 6" are still valuable recyclables.

Large Rigid Plastic Toys

Large Rigid Plastic Toys

Recycling

Rigid plastic toys greater than 6" are still valuable recyclables. Please make sure to remove any batteries before recycling the toy. Soft plastic toys and small rigid plastic toys are NOT accepted in the recycling.

Other Large Rigid Plastics

Other Large Rigid Plastics

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Rigid plastics greater than 6" are still valuable recyclables.

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

Recycling.

Must be clean, dry, and free of packing tape/packing materials. Boxes must be flattened.

Computer & Office Paper

Computer & Office Paper

Recycling.

Must be clean & dry. Colored paper is OK.

Books

Books

*Require Extra Step Before Recycling*

Only the pages of paperback and hardcover books can be recycled, so please remove the covers and spines before recycling the pages. The covers of paperback and hardcover books are not recyclable, so they need to go in the trash. 

Paper Bags

Paper Bags

Recycling.

Must be clean & dry.

Empty Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Rolls

Empty Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Rolls

Recycling.

Must be clean & dry.

Cereal Boxes

Cereal Boxes and Other Paper Board

Recycling.

Must be empty, clean & dry. Examples include pasta, beer, soda, and tissue boxes, as well as toilet paper and paper towel rolls.

Newspaper

Newspaper

Recycling

Must be clean & dry.

Shredded Paper

Shredded Paper

Recycling

Please try to contain the shreds in a paper bag or small box if possible.

Envelopes

Envelopes

Recycling

Envelopes, even those with windows, are allowed in the recycling. Padded envelopes (lined with bubble wrap) are NOT allowed in the recycling and should be placed in the trash.

Junk Mail

Junk Mail

Recycling

Envelopes, even those with windows, are allowed in the recycling. Other examples of junk mail include magazines and coupon clippers. Visit the County of Santa Barbara's website to learn how to opt out of junk mail.

[Photo credit: Dvortygirl / CC BY-SA]

Paper Egg Cartons

Paper Egg Cartons

Recycling

This type of paper is reffered to as "molded pulp". Be sure to remove any egg shells from the carton prior to recycling.

Molded Pulp Cup Holders

Molded Pulp Cup Holders

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. This "molded pulp" is a type of paper.

Packing (Kraft) Paper

Packing (Kraft) Paper

Recycling

Must be clean & dry.

Glass Bottles

Glass Bottles

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. You can keep the caps on unless you are recycling these bottles at a buy back center.

Glass Jars

Glass Jars

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. You can keep the caps on unless you are recycling these bottles at a buy back center.

Aluminum Cans

Aluminum Cans

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Examples include soda, beer, and sparkling water.

Tin Cans

Tin Cans

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Examples include soup, vegetables, beans, tuna, and wet cat/dog food.

Clean Aluminum Foil

Clean Aluminum Foil

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Try to reuse foil before tossing it out.

Clean Aluminum Trays

Clean Aluminum Trays

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Try to reuse trays before tossing them out.

Metal Flatware

Metal Flatware

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Try to donate flatware before tossing it out.

Pots & Pans

Pots & Pans

Recycling

Must be clean & dry. Try to donate pots and pans before tossing them out. It is OK if the pots and pans have non-stick coating and/or plastic handles.

Aerosol Cans

Aerosol Cans

Recycling

Must be completely empty, so be sure to use all of the contents before recycling the cans. You can keep the caps on. Examples include spray paint, sun block, hair spray, and deodorant.

Empty Paint Cans

Empty Paint Cans

Recycling

Must be completely empty, so be sure to use all of the contents before recycling the cans. The lids can be recycled as well.

Scrap Metal & Metal Parts

Scrap Metal & Metal Parts

Recycling

All items must fit inside your recycling container with the lid closed.