What goes where?

Common items that are allowed in Mission Trail's collection bins are included in the alphabetized list below. Contact us for information regarding any unlisted item.

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Key

Items in gray go in the garbage container.
Items in green go in the organics container.
Items in blue go in the recycling container.

6-pack rings (please cut)
aerosol cans (empty)
aluminum cans
aluminum foil (clean)
aluminum pans
aseptic containers
ash, fireplace & BBQ (damp, cold and contained)
binders (plastic)
bleach bottles
bones
boxes (paper or cardboard)
bread
bubble wrap
candles
cans, food (bi-metal/tin)
carbon paper
carbonless paper
cardboard (no need to bundle)
catalogs
CDs
cello wrap around flower bouquets
cereal
cereal boxes
cheese
chopsticks (wooden)
ceramics (including tile)
coffee cups (paper)
coffee cups (Styrofoam)
coffee grounds
coffee filters (paper)
computer paper
cookie sheets
cosmetic containers with residue
cotton balls (soiled)
computer diskettes
dairy products
deodorant casing
detergent boxes
detergent bottles
diapers
drink boxes (juice)
egg cartons (paper)
egg shells
envelopes with metal clasps
envelopes with plastic windows
facial tissue
feminine products
flowers
foam (all types)
fruit
fruit baskets (plastic, and if labeled 1-7)
glass bottles & jars only
glass cups & glasses
grains
grass cuttings
grocery bags (paper and plastic)
hangers (take to dry cleaners)
hardbound books (up to 40 lbs.)
hose (garden or rubber)
houseplants
ice cream cartons (rinsed)
ice cream sticks (wooden)
ice cream wrappers (plastic)
juice bottles & boxes
junk mail
laminated items
labels/stickers (and backing)
leaves
light bulbs (no fluorescent)
magazines
meat
metallic wrapping paper
milk cartons (paper, rinsed)
mirrors
nails
newspaper (food-soiled)
newspaper (including inserts)
nylon

packing peanuts (or take to shipping stores)
paint cans (empty latex)
paper (adhesive/post-its)
paper clips
paper packaging with remnant tape
paper take-out cartons without metal handles
paper towels & napkins (food-soiled)
paper towel & toilet paper tubes
paper towels used for cleaning (soiled)
pasta
pencils with erasers
pens (ink)
pet feces and litter
photographs
pizza boxes (and leftover pizza)
phone books
plastics (unmarked or not marked with a 1-7)
plastics labeled 1-7
plastic wrap
pots & pans
prunings
Q-tips (with paper or wooden wands)
Q-tips (with plastic wand)
records/tapes/CD's
report covers (plastic)
rubber bands
rubber stamps
rubber/neoprene
rugs/mats
salad dressing bottles
sawdust
scrap metal
shampoo bottles
shoe boxes
shower curtains/liners
shrink wrap
shrubs
soft drink bottles
soup boxes
soy milk boxes
sponges
straws/stir sticks (plastic)
stuffed animals/toys (unwanted or can't be donated)
Styrofoam (not labeled 1-7)
tape: duct/masking/scotch

tea bags/tea bags with staples
tempered glass (corning ware, pyrex)
textiles
toothpaste tubes
transparencies/microfilm/negatives (acetate)
tree trimmings
plastic tubs (labeled 1-7)
utensils (plastic)
vacuum bags
vegetables
water jugs
waxed cardboard
waxed paper (food-soiled)
waxed paper containers/cups
weeds
window glass
wine corks (natural)
wood (treated)
wood (uncoated, untreated)
yard waste