Recycling in the U.S. has changed dramatically over the past two years. In response, we must update our list of accepted items so the material we collect has the best chance of being made into new products.

These three items are no longer accepted in our recycling program: Shredded paper, refrigerated cartons and plant pots.

An updated recycling reminder sheet is included in this newsletter. We will send you a magnet version if you fill out the request form.

Shredded paper is not accepted in our recycling program anymore. Instead, save up your documents and drop them off at one of our free shred events. Your private information remains secure and the shredded paper is recycled.

Each week, the average Pierce County household throws three pounds of edible food in the garbage. Multiply that by all our households and it quickly adds up to thousands of tons of food going to the landfill.

Waste less food by following a few simple steps:

1. Make a list of the meals you plan to eat

2. Use your meal plan to make a shopping list

3. Take the list with you to the grocery store

We can help! We will send you a notepad you can use to write down your weekly meal plan and shopping list. Tear off the list and take it with you when you go grocery shopping.

We are often asked why we don’t pick up glass curbside.

Glass doesn’t belong in the recycling cart because it breaks and contaminates the other recyclables, especially paper. We want the material collected in our recycling program to be made into new products, and keeping contamination low is an important part of that.

Given Pierce County’s size, it would be expensive and inefficient to collect glass in a separate bin. There would be more trucks, more fuel, more emissions and a greater risk of injury to employees since glass collection usually requires manual labor.

In Pierce County we collect glass at drop-off sites. From there it can be delivered directly to a glass recycler to begin its new life.


Tidying up at home? Don’t just throw things away. Find alternatives to the landfill for appliances, textiles, books, scrap metal, foam packaging and much more.


Discover options for recycling computers, monitors, TVs and other electronics. 1-800-RECYCLE


Leftover household products containing toxic ingredients NEVER belong in your garbage or down the drain. Find out where to dispose of them properly.


Needles, sharps, ammunition and other dangerous materials turn up at our sorting facilities too often, posing hazards to our team. Keep them out of your recycling carts with proper disposal.

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