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Tips for Preparing Recyclables:

Employees of Haywood County Solid Waste sort recyclables by hand at the county Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). To keep the process moving quickly, it is important for the public to prepare recyclables in the correct manner for processing. Please use the following guidelines:

  • Please leave non-recyclables out of blue bags and blue dumpsters. Workers at the MRF should not have to sort through the entire waste stream. Please educate yourself about what is and is not recyclable and only put RECYCLABLE MATERIALS in BLUE BAGS or BLUE DUMPSTERS.
  • Please rinse all containers carefully. Bottles, jars and cans need to be free of all food waste and as clean as possible. The cleaner materials are, the higher a price we receive from buyers.
  • Lids from steel and tin cans ARE recyclable. In fact, approximately 15% of the can’s weight is in the lid. When recycling steel or tin cans, please rinse and place the can lid inside the can.
  • It is NOT necessary to remove the labels from bottles, cans or jars. Labels are removed during the remanufacturing process.
  • Paper products ARE recyclable, but SOILED paper products are not. Used paper towels, paper plates, napkins, etc. are considered contaminated and cannot be accepted for reprocessing.
  • Please DO NOT bundle or tie newspapers.
  • When recycling aluminum and steel cans, please do not place cans inside each other. Steel and aluminum cans must be separated because they are sold to different buyers. If they are crushed inside each other, they are very difficult to separate.
  • Styrofoam products ARE NOT accepted for recycling, and should be discarded with regular garbage.
  • Please place recyclables loose in the blue dumpsters at convenience centers.
  • Glass: Clear, Brown and Green glass is now being accepted at all Convenience Centers. The only glass that is accepted is glass that has been previously used as a food or beverage container. We will not accept any other type of glass such as windows, light bulbs or glass used in cooking.