What can I recycle?

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What can I recycle with ReUnite?

What can I recycle with ReUnite?

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Plastics

Acceptable:
Plastics listed as #1-#7. This includes rigid plastic bottles where the neck is smaller than the body (cap and neck ring ok) and food tubs 5 gallons or smaller. Liquid and food residue must be removed. Labels are ok.

Unacceptable:
Styrofoam products, plastic bags, motor oil or chemical containers, plastic plates, cups or eating utensils, straws, plastic film (grocery sacks), metal of any kind, bulky rigid plastics larger than 5 gallons, flower pots, k-cups, and candy wrappers.

Cans

Acceptable:
Empty, clean aluminum and tin cans. Please flatten if you can.

Unacceptable:
Cans with liquids or food residue.

Paper

Acceptable:
Mail, magazines, catalogs, telephone directories, hardcover and paperback books, molded paper egg cartons, newspaper, paper towel rolls and inserts, and newsprint packing paper.
 
Unacceptable:
Paper plates, coffee cups, paper towels or tissues, soiled or wet paper, napkins, wax coated milk and juice cartons, or ice cream containers.

Cardboard

Acceptable:
Clean and dry corrugated cardboard and paper board packaging (e.g. cereal and frozen dinner boxes, shoe boxes). Please flatten.

Unacceptable:

Wet cardboard, or cardboard that has food or other residue on it.

Glass

Acceptable:
Empty and clean, clear, green, blue, and brown bottles and jars. Labels are ok.
 
Unacceptable:
Light bulbs, pyrex, mirrors, picture glass, window glass, drinking glass, perfume bottles, dishes and cups, vases, porcelain products, glass bottles and jars with liquids or food residue.

Electronics

Acceptable: Electronics include (but are not limited to) phones, cameras, household appliances, computer accessories including the computer itself monitor and cords, home electronics like game systems, televisions, and digital media players. Cell phone batteries, laptop batteries, UPS batteries, lead acid batteries (car, boat, RV, Motorcycle, alarm systems, etc.)

Unacceptable: Alkaline batteries, VCR tapes, audio cassettes, or smoke detectors.

Sporting Equipment

Acceptable:
Everything from bikes to tennis rackets to ice skates and roller skates. As long as the equipment is in decent condition, we can probably take it.

Unacceptable: Sporting equipment in very poor condition will not be accepted.

Metals

Acceptable:
Metal items like aluminum foil and pie plates, tin cans, steel/iron, copper, brass, other aluminum, pots and pans, baking tins, ironing boards, hangers, metal shelving, metal patio furniture, metal ladders, guttering, piping, fencing, cutlery, knives, scissors, staplers, garbage disposals, propane tanks, metal car parts, and tools.

Unacceptable: Metal items with food or liquid residue.

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Plastics

Acceptable:
Plastics listed as #1-#7. This includes rigid plastic bottles where the neck is smaller than the body (cap and neck ring ok) and food tubs 5 gallons or smaller. Liquid and food residue must be removed. Labels are ok.

Unacceptable:
Styrofoam products, plastic bags, motor oil or chemical containers, plastic plates, cups or eating utensils, straws, plastic film (grocery sacks), metal of any kind, bulky rigid plastics larger than 5 gallons, flower pots, k-cups, and candy wrappers.

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Cans

Acceptable:
Empty, clean aluminum and tin cans. Please flatten if you can.

Unacceptable:
Cans with liquids or food residue.

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Paper

Acceptable:
Mail, magazines, catalogs, telephone directories, hardcover and paperback books, molded paper egg cartons, newspaper, paper towel rolls and inserts, and newsprint packing paper.
 
Unacceptable:
Paper plates, coffee cups, paper towels or tissues, soiled or wet paper, napkins, wax coated milk and juice cartons, or ice cream containers.

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Cardboard

Acceptable:
Clean and dry corrugated cardboard and paper board packaging (e.g. cereal and frozen dinner boxes, shoe boxes). Please flatten.

Unacceptable:

Wet cardboard, or cardboard that has food or other residue on it.

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Glass

Acceptable:
Empty and clean, clear, green, blue, and brown bottles and jars. Labels are ok.
 
Unacceptable:
Light bulbs, pyrex, mirrors, picture glass, window glass, drinking glass, perfume bottles, dishes and cups, vases, porcelain products, glass bottles and jars with liquids or food residue.

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Electronics

Acceptable: Electronics include (but are not limited to) phones, cameras, household appliances, computer accessories including the computer itself monitor and cords, home electronics like game systems, televisions, and digital media players. Cell phone batteries, laptop batteries, UPS batteries, lead acid batteries (car, boat, RV, Motorcycle, alarm systems, etc.)

Unacceptable: Alkaline batteries, VCR tapes, audio cassettes, or smoke detectors.

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Sporting Equipment

Acceptable:
Everything from bikes to tennis rackets to ice skates and roller skates. As long as the equipment is in decent condition, we can probably take it.

Unacceptable: Sporting equipment in very poor condition will not be accepted.

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Metals

Acceptable:
Metal items like aluminum foil and pie plates, tin cans, steel/iron, copper, brass, other aluminum, pots and pans, baking tins, ironing boards, hangers, metal shelving, metal patio furniture, metal ladders, guttering, piping, fencing, cutlery, knives, scissors, staplers, garbage disposals, propane tanks, metal car parts, and tools.

Unacceptable: Metal items with food or liquid residue.

I’m ready to recycle, what do I do?

Log in or create your account online to schedule your on-demand recycling. Simply let us know what recyclables you have and when you would like them picked up. Then set your recycling on the curb in a bin, and we take it from there.

Here are quick guidelines regarding what can and can’t be recycled. For the most current, detailed information, visit our partner Star City Recycling’s website.  If you don’t see an item on this list or are uncertain if it’s recyclable, remember this helpful tip: When in doubt, throw it out! This helps us reduce contamination and saves time for our collectors.

Schedule your recycling

What kind of bin works best for holding my recycling?

Here are some examples of bins that work well for recycling!

32 gallon trash

32 gallon bin

62 gallon trash

65 gallon bin

92 gallon trash

96 gallon bin

Need more information?

While ReUnite will help guide you through what can and cannot be recycled, if you have questions or an inquiry about an unlisted item, visit our friends at Star City Recycling. We also recommend checking out the City of Lincoln's recycling resources for more information. It is important to remember that the list of what can and cannot be recycled changes from time to time based on mill and processor requirements and should be reviewed regularly.