Because processing and demand for recycled material can change, it’s always good to stay up-to-date on what’s currently being accepted in the City’s blue bag recycling program to not contaminate/compromise our recyclables with unacceptable items.  

Here’s a list of five often “misunderstood” items that don’t belong in blue bags—please place in the trash: 

  • Paper towels 
  • Tissues
  • Plastic bags  

(Consider donating leftover plastic grocery bags to Network of Community Ministries,, for its Food Pantry program.) 

  • Anything made of Styrofoam, including to-go coffee cups (even most paper to-go cups are not recyclable, as they are lined with a thin plastic coating to prevent leaks, making them impossible to recycle in most recycling machinery.) 
  • Used pizza boxes 

(The stained, greasy bottom of the box is not recyclable, but if the lid is clean and dry, tear it off and include it in recycling.) 

Vouchers good for a free roll of blue bags are available during October at Fire Station 6, 3591 Park Vista Rd., on select Tuesdays and Thursdays; click here for more information.