Can I Recycle….? Click on the item for more information and proper handling.

Aluminum foilYes. Recycle it in your cart or bin.
BicyclesNot in your curbside cart or bin…but maybe somewhere else.
Branches, leaves, grassNot in your curbside cart or bin…but maybe somewhere else.
Chip bags and Candy WrappersNot in your curbside cart or bin…but maybe somewhere else.
ClothesNot in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL’s)Not in your curbside cart or bin.
ElectronicsNot in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Food ScrapsNot in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Keurig® and K-Cup® type coffee packagesNot at this time.
Metal hangersNot in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Paper towelsNot in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Pizza boxesYes. Recycle it in your cart or bin.
Plastic bags and film wrap?  Not in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Plastic foamNot at this time.
Plastic packagingYes. Recycle it in your cart or bin.
Plastic silverware? Not at this time.
Shredded paperYes. Recycle it in your cart or bin.
VCR/Cassette TapesNot at this time.

Aluminum foil? Yes. Recycle it in your cart or bin.
Aluminum foil is recyclable in your curbside container. Please rinse first.

Bicycles? Not in your curbside cart or bin…but maybe somewhere else.
Sell usable bikes via reuse outlets like Craig’s list or donate them to a charitable organization. GoBike Buffalo (www.GObikebuffalo.org) accepts working and broken bicycles. Broken bicycles may also be taken to a scrap metal dealer.

Branches, leaves, grass? Not in your curbside cart or bin…but maybe somewhere else.
Follow your municipal regulations for yard waste. Please do not place branches, leaves, or grass in your curbside recycling container. Some communities collect yard waste separately to make compost. Other municipalities direct yard waste into the trash.

Chip bags and Candy Wrappers? Not in your curbside cart or bin…but maybe somewhere else.
This packaging is made of Mylar or Mylar-like film that Modern does not currently process for recycling. Terracycle (www.terracycle.com) may be an option for recycling these materials.

Clothes? Not in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Clothes, shoes and other textiles like sheets and blankets are readily accepted at drop-off locations throughout WNY, but NOT in your curbside container. Please take these items to a thrift store, church, or clothing drop-off box for re-use or recycling. Items do not have to be in wearable or usable condition but should be clean and DRY. NYTextiles.org provides more information

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL’s)? Not in your curbside cart or bin.
Many larger stores that sell these bulbs will accept them back for recycling. Contact your county environmental office for locations or check here. Add link to www.nyserda.ny.gov/Contractors/Find-a-Contractor/CFL-Recycling-Center.aspx

Electronics? Not in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.

Beginning January 1, 2015, covered electronic equipment may no longer be accepted for disposal at a solid or hazardous waste management facility from any organization, business or person. Items such as TV’s, computers, monitors, video games, etc. must be recycled because they contain small amounts of metals that are toxic if leaked into the environment but valuable when recovered.

 

  • DO NOT place covered electronic items in containers along with other solid waste or recycling.
  • DO NOT leave covered electronic items at your curb.
  • DO recycle covered electronic items properly by taking them to a registered collection site or by working with a registered electronic waste recycler for collection and processing.
  • FIND INFORMATION about collection programs and registered collection sites via the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation or check with your local municipality.

Food Scraps? Not in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Modern currently offers organics recycling to commercial and institutional customers to recycle their food scraps into compost. Contact customer service at 888-648-0928 who will put you in touch with a sales representative to provide you with more information.

Keurig® and K-Cup® type coffee packages? Not at this time.
Keurig® and K-Cup® type coffee packages are not recyclable in your curbside recycling container. Current technology and systems for sorting recyclable materials are not designed for items that small. The foil and grounds left inside are also contaminants. Keurig reports on its website that it is working on the issue and there are reusable options designed for these types of machines.

Metal hangers? Not in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Unfortunately metal hangers catch on the sorting equipment causing jams and damage, but many dry cleaners accept them for reuse. Please do not put them in your recycle cart or bin.

Paper towels? Not in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Paper towels are not accepted in curbside collection program. Put them in your trash or use them as bulking agent for worm composting.

Pizza boxes? Yes. Recycle it in your cart or bin.
Yes you can recycle pizza boxes! Remove the paper liner and fold in half so it does not get stuck in your recycling cart or bin when the collection crew empties it.

Plastic bags and film wrap?  Not in your curbside cart or bin, but somewhere else.
Plastic carryout bags are accepted for recycling at retail stores, but NOT in curbside recycling programs. Plastic bags wrap around the moving parts of sorting machines at recycling centers causing equipment damages and jams. Most curbside recycling programs across the country do not accept plastic bags for recycling.

      • Retail stores in New York State are required to offer collection of plastic carryout bags for recycling so you may conveniently return them when you shop. Learn more here.
      • Most grocery stores accept more than just carryout bags in their collection containers. Return these additional items to the bag recycling receptacle at your grocery store: carryout bags, bread bags, cereal and cracker type liner bags, product wrap, case overwrap, pellet & salt bags, dry cleaning bags.
      • Note: Capri sun pouches and many chip bags are made of a Mylar®-like, shiny plastic film material that is NOT accepted for recycling in your curbside program. Terracycle (www.terracycle.com) is an option for recycling.

Plastic foam? Not at this time.
Plastic foam, such as Styrofoam™ brand plastic foam, is NOT accepted in your curbside recycling program because it is so lightweight (it is plastic expanded with air) that it uses more energy and expense to ship it than would be saved compared to using new plastic. Most curbside recycling programs across the country do not accept plastic foam for recycling, but many shipping outlets accept clean plastic foam packaging for reuse. See the Resources section below for a list of places in WNY that accept clean foam for recycling.

Plastic packaging? Yes. Recycle it in your cart or bin.
Plastic packaging with a number inside a recycling symbol is accepted in your curbside recycling container with two exceptions: film and foam, such as Styrofoam™ brand plastic foam.

Shredded paper? Yes. Recycle it in your cart or bin.
Shredded paper is too small for the sorting process to capture when it is loose in the cart as shreds. You may put shredded paper in CLEAR plastic bags, such as a grocery bag, and then place it in your recycling cart. This is the only item accepted inside a bag.