What can I put in my cart?

Unfortunately many of the items that residents were previously putting in their cart were not supposed to go in there in the first place (on average 25% of what we put in our cart is not recyclable). We are cleaning up the recycling stream with this new program and all of our outreach and education. Consumers need to do their part by knowing what is and isn’t recyclable rather than just “wishful recycling” that clogs up the waste stream, breaks equipment and makes recycling more expensive.

Here's what you can put in your cart:

  • Plastic bottles and jugs (water bottles, sports drink bottles, laundry detergent containers, shampoo bottles and any other plastic container with a neck). This includes #1 and #2 plastics but those numbers on the bottoms of containers can be misleading and were created by the plastics industry to identify the chemical compounds that the materials are made of. The best way for consumers to recycle correctly is to pay attention to the shape. Unfortunately these plastics are the only ones that are marketable for recycling right now so we all need to be finding ways to use less plastic!
  • All mixed paper – same as before including newspaper, junk mail, phone books, office paper, etc.
  • All cardboard – same as before including corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, cardboard packaging, etc.
  • Metal cans – same as before including steel cans, aluminum cans plus clean aluminum foil and aluminum pans.
  • Glass bottles and jars – same as before (still no mirrors, vases, plate glass, etc.)

Visit our accepted recyclables page to search for ways to recycle and dispose of waste items.

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1. What can I put in my cart?
2. Can I still recycle my yogurt cups?
3. Can I put shredded paper in the curbside recycling cart?
4. Which plastic numbers does the County accept?
5. Why can’t I recycle #3-7 plastics?
6. Why isn’t there more information on what plastics can’t go in the cart?
7. Where can I find more information about the Curbside Recycling Program?
8. Why can’t I recycle plastics without a neck if they are #1 or #2?
9. Does the County accept the same items as recyclable at our convenience centers and for curbside collection or are different items allowed?
10. What Color are the James City County Recycling Carts? Also, what size do they come in?
11. Will TFC service my personal recycling cart?
12. What time does my recycling cart have to be curbside?
13. If I forget to bring my cart outside by 7 a.m. on my collection day, will TFC come back to service me?
14. What if my items are out by 7 a.m. and I am not serviced?
15. Will TFC remove my items if they are on the ground? What is the correct way to remove items? Do they service the small recycling containers?
16. Can TFC or a JCC employee remove recycling items or products from other provided companies?
17. Can James City County service my trash and recycling?
18. Can I exchange my current cart for a new one? Or requests additional carts?
19. How much is the James City County Recycling cart?
20. How often will I be serviced? How will I know I have a collection?
21. When can I expect my cart to be delivered or removed?
22. When do I pay for my recycling services?
23. Where can I locate payments, refunds, and credits?
24. Where can I sign up for auto payment and reminders?