About decatur recycles

The City of Decatur has begun accepting an expanded list of recyclable items that can all be mixed together in your recycling receptacle without sorting. For no additional charge, you can request delivery of a new 65-gallon recycling cart. The recycling efforts across the community are generating less waste, saving energy and reducing the landfill. Recycling is one of the best ways for an individual to have a positive impact on the world in which they live.


Decatur recycles -- Know what. Know when
  • Newspaper and inserts
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Phone Books
  • Junk Mail and Envelopes
  • Office paper
  • Copy Paper
  • School paper
  • Hard Back Books (remove cover)
  • Soft Back books
  • Brown paper sacks
  • Shredded Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cereal boxes
  • Paperboard boxes
  • Soda Cases
  • Beer Cases
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Frozen Food Box
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum tins
  • Steel cans
  • Tin containers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Metal Lids
  • Beverage Containers
  • Food Containers
  • Jars
  • Clear Glass
  • Brown Glass
  • Green Glass
  • Clear and Colored Plastics Including #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
  • Water Bottles
  • Soda Bottles
  • Milk Jugs
  • Juice Beverage Jugs
  • Detergent Bottles
  • Fabric Softener
  • Household cleaners
  • Plastic margarine tubs
  • Yogurt containers
  • Margarine Tubs
  • Ketchup bottles

Non-acceptable item tips
  • While we have added new plastic items, many plastics are still not recyclable. Plastic lids, foam (Styrofoam┬«) and any other plastics not listed in our recycling guidelines are not recyclable because stable markets do not exist for these materials.
  • Ceramic, china, dishes, mirrors, light bulbs, Pyrex┬«, porcelain and window glass should not go in the bin! Their different melting points and chemical compositions will ruin new glass bottles. If our buyer sees just one of these on the top of a load of glass, the entire load could be rejected.
  • Syringes and needles, diapers and other sanitary products are not recyclable.
  • Many toys have more than one plastic resin, or have steel pieces in them, or simply have nothing about them that is recyclable.
  • Please place all recyclable items loose in the cart
  • Do not bind or bundle any items
  • Flatten all cardboard/boxes and place in cart
  • When we compact bottles for shipping, liquids drip, splatter and explode all over the floor, creating a sticky, smelly mess on the sorting floor. Please completely empty and quickly rinse out all containers before recycling.
  • decatur recycles -- non-acceptable items
  • No Plastic Bags
  • No Materials in Plastic Bags
  • No Plastic Toys
  • No Scrap Metal
  • No Hazardous Waste
  • No Diapers or Other Bio-Hazardous Waste
  • No Non-Recyclable Plastics
  • No Flattened Containers
  • No Caps or Lids on Glass Bottles or Jars
  • No Liquids
  • No Ceramics or Non-Recyclable Glass
  • No Electronics

Last update: October 17, 2011