Kids & Recycling: They Can Help!

Know the Recycling Rules

Print and save these guidelines on how -- and what -- to recycle.

  • Rinse out plastic and glass containers, and remove caps.
  • Flatten all boxes.
  • Always check with your town. Rules can vary based on what your local facility can process.

You can usually recycle...

  • aluminum and steel cans
  • cardboard boxes
  • most plastic bottles
  • paper such as newspapers, magazines, and junk mail
  • glass bottles and jars
  • paper -- and sometimes plastic -- bags

You can almost never recycle...

  • plastic wrap
  • Styrofoam and other foam products
  • aerosol cans
  • items with food residue (like pizza boxes and take-out containers)
  • paper with glue or adhesive

You can usually find a special service for...

  • batteries
  • computers
  • appliances
  • paint
  • wire hangers

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the March 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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