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By recycling, each Renton household could reduce their garbage by 600 pounds per year.  The following items are some examples of what should be placed in your BLUE recycling cart.


Empty and rinse

  • Milk, juice, and pop bottles
  • Yogurt, dairy, and margarine tubs
  • Lids 3" or larger in diameter
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Window, bathroom and kitchen cleaner bottles
  • Detergent and fabric softener bottles and over-the-counter pill bottles (non-prescription)
  • Plastic clamshell take-out containers and trays
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Plastic bags and films bundled inside one bag that is tied to secure

Aluminum and tin cans:

Empty and rinse out food residue.  Labels OK
  • Soda cans
  • Canned food cans

Scrap metal:

  • Limit size to 2 foot x 2 foot and 35 pounds or under
  • No wood, plastic, or rubber attachments 

Mixed paper & newspaper

Keep it loose - do not bundle, bag or tie

  • Newspaper and advertising inserts
  • Advertising mail and envelopes
  • Cereal and dry food boxes (remove liner)
  • Paperback books
  • Magazines, catalogs, and phone books
  • Non-foil wrapping paper
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Juice boxes
  • Milk, soy milk, and broth cartons



Glass jars & bottles:

Empty and rinse out food residue.  Labels OK

Other Tips:

  • Empty recyclables out of bags and boxes into your blue cart--keep them loose. 
  • Blue recycling carts are emptied every other week. 
  • Although bundled plastic bags/film is accepted in your blue cart, it is best to take your plastic bags to your grocery store for recycling. 

To recycle other materials, visit 

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Email the  Solid Waste Coordinator