The Basics

Plastic

Goes In Your Recycling:
  • Household bottles, jars & jugs
  • Dairy containers & lids
  • Produce, bakery, & deli containers & lids

Does NOT Go In Your Recycling:
  • Plastic bags, wraps & films
  • Motor oil bottles
  • Styrofoam

Paper

Goes In Your Recycling:
  • Cardboard & paperboard (food boxes)
  • Newspapers & inserts
  • Office & school paper
  • Books & magazines
  • Envelopes, junk mail & catalogs
  • Milk, juice & soup cartons

Does NOT Go In Your Recycling:
  • Shredded paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Pet food bags

Metal

Goes In Your Recycling:
  • Aluminum bottles & cans
  • Steel & tin cans

Does NOT Go In Your Recycling:
  • Propane tanks
  • Aluminum pans & foil 
  • Empty paint cans
  • Scrap metal
  • Metal cookware

Glass

Goes In Your Recycling:
  • Food & beverage bottles & jars

Does NOT Go In Your Recycling:
  • Window glass
  • Mirrors
  • Ceramics & china
  • Drinking glassware

Beyond the Basics? Search the waste wizard!

A centerpiece of Wisconsin's recycling industry

Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties have enjoyed a partnership since 2007 that has created landfill and recycling efficiencies for benefit of all residents.

Brown County

Waste and Recovery Operations

Waste and Recovery Operations

Permanent Hazardous Material Recovery Facility

Convenient Recycling Drop-Off

Located in Green Bay Wisconsin, Brown County Resource Recovery’s Mission is to meet the solid waste management needs of our communities, residents, businesses and industry through methods that are environmentally sound, technically feasible and economical.

Outagamie County

Home of the Tri County Recycling Facility

Resource Recovery Park

Landfill Operation Excellence

Seasonal household hazardous waste collections

Located in Appleton Wisconsin, Outagamie County Recycling and Solid Waste’s Mission is to provide our communities with exceptional materials management and educational services using safe and environmentally sound practices.

Winnebago County

Convenient Location

Residential Drop-Off Site

Waste/Recycling Transfer Service

Seasonal Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Winnebago County Solid Waste offers a comprehensive solid waste management program by providing competitive, cost-effective solutions for processing waste and recyclable materials.

NO BAGS IN BINS! … AND OTHER ITEMS TO KEEP OUT OF YOUR CART.

Learning what is and is not recyclable is the most effective way to help us Recycle Right!

Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags, wraps & films are our #1 contaminant. Recycle items loosely and not in plastic bags! Take clean and dry plastic bags back to store drop-off collections.

Shredded Paper

Shredded Paper

Shredded paper builds up in our equipment creating unnecessary maintenance & cleanup. Take confidential papers to a shredding event.

Yuck

Yuck

Putting garbage, liquids & food in the recycling or "wish-cycling" items that you are unsure what to do with makes it difficult and costly for us to sort clean recyclables. When in doubt, visit our Waste Wizard website tool or contact us.

Tanks

Tanks

Tanks & compressed gas cylinders can contain small amounts of fuel and can ignite if damaged. Search "propane tank" in our Waste Wizard to find proper drop-off locations.

Sharps

Sharps

Needles, lancets & syringes are the #1 safety concern for our sorting staff. Do not throw sharps in your recycling or trash! Visit: dnr.wi.gov and search “Sharps Collections” for proper drop-off locations.

Batteries

Batteries

Batteries & electronics are a fire hazard and should never go in recycling carts. Search "battery" or "electronic" in our Waste Wizard website tool to find proper drop-off locations.

Textiles

Textiles

Clothing, bedding & towels wrap around sorting equipment creating unnecessary maintenance. Donate textiles or if in poor condition throw them in the garbage.

Tanglers

Tanglers

These materials are anything that wraps around our sorting equipment, such as cords, hoses & wires, creating unnecessary maintenance. Take these items to a drop-off location for proper recycling or place them in the garbage.

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