REMEMBER: The number inside recycle triangles on products does not always indicate that it is recyclable. The triangle actually indicates that a product is made from recycled material, while the number indicates what type of recycled material. For plastics, Gilbert accepts numbers 1-7, which is almost all plastic. One example of a product made from recycled material but is not itself recyclable in our blue bins is polystyrene (“Styrofoam”).
***For more specific information about what can and cannot be recycled, plus information about refuse and bulk pick up, please download the free “My Waste” app! It is available for both Android and Apple phones.
YES-IT CAN BE PUT IN THE BLUE BIN
-Aluminum foil (SMALL deposits of food/grease acceptable)
-Emptied and dried paint cans
-Laundry soap boxes
-Facial tissue boxes
-Bathroom/paper towel rolls
-Corrugated storage boxes
-Waxed covered milk cartons
-Baby food jars
-Hard bound books (must removed spine, the -glue is not recyclable)
-Shredded paper in a clear, plastic bag
-Plates (SMALL deposits of food/grease -acceptable)
-Pizza boxes (SMALL deposits of food/grease acceptable)
-Hard numbered plastics 1-7
-Emptied and dried paint containers
-Emptied medication bottles (make sure to remove personal information)
*Labels, inserts, and caps do not have to be removed. Bottles do not have to be absolutely clean, dry, and emptied. Lightly rinsed is adequate.
NO-IT CANNOT BE PUT IN THE BLUE BIN
-Melded with plastic
-Wire coat hangers (can be returned to drycleaners)
-Metal patio furniture (please donate useable items to charity)
-Pots and pans (please donate useable items to charity)
-Pet food bags (the paper bag is recyclable, but the waxy lining inside is not, remove the lining to recycle)
-Air conditioner filters
-Ceramics/Dishes/glassware (please donate useable items to charity)
-Dry cleaning bags
-Sheets of plastic
-Packing peanuts (return to post office to be reused)
***To find a local place to recycle plastic films please go to: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/s01/s01_search.html
Clothing/shoes are NOT recyclable in the blue bin. Please see our list of charities/organizations on the “Donations & Reuse” page for places you can donate your useable items!