Recyclables Accepted in Eau Claire County

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Download and print our Recycling Cheat Sheet as a reminder of what is recyclable!

Items listed below can be placed in BOTH curbside recycling bins and at County drop-off locations.  Contact your curbside hauler as they may accept more than what's below.

Accepted Materials

Aluminum cans Pop, beer, cat food containers
Tin/ steel cans Soup, fruit, dog food containers, steel bottle tops and lids
Glass bottles & jars Jelly, spaghetti sauce, beer, wine
#1 Plastic containers Water, soda/pop, ketchup, berry containers (clamshells)
#2 Plastic containers Detergent, coffee, milk, shampoo, conditioner
#3 Plastic containers Vegetable oil
#4 Plastic containers Squeeze bottles like honey
#5 Plastic containers Yogurt, cottage cheese, medicine
#7 Plastic containers Tupperware, reusable bottles
Cardboard Shipping and dry food boxes, manila folders, paper bags
Mixed paper Magazines, newspaper, mail, sticky notes, office paper

 

Not Accepted Materials

  • Plastic bags or film - bring these to the stores that take them.
  • Toys or hangers
  • 5-gallon buckets
  • Motor oil or transmission fluid bottles
  • Flower pots - bring these to a nursery for reuse or recycling that accepts them.
  • Polystyrene (Number 6 plastics): Packing peanuts, egg cartons, cups, etc.
  • Cookware or dishes
  • Light bulbs
  • Some freezer and refrigerator food boxes (check box for recycling instructions)
  • Wax/plastic coated boxes: Milk and juice cartons
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Napkins, tissues, gift wrap

Some items may be accepted by certain haulers. Contact your hauler with specific questions.

Not enough room in the Recycling Bin?

Broken down cardboard that is too big for the bin can go alongside or next to the bin. Other containers such as 5-gallon buckets, totes, small garbage containers, or an extra recycling bin can be used to alleviate an over flowing bin. Place all containers next to one another on the curb for pick up. Remember crushing containers makes room for more material!