Use the Waste Wizard Tool on AVL Collects to see what you can recycle!


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Yes! Recycle Right Informative Postcard – PDF


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Know Your No’s Recycling Informative Postcard – PDF


What is Recyclable


Guidelines below explain what items may be placed in your blue recycling carts. For information about bulky items, hazardous household waste, or other hard to recycle items, see how to dispose of large, seasonal, or unusual items.


Yes! Recycle Right

  • Plastic – including bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars (please rinse and empty)
  • Metal – including steel and tin cans (please rinse and empty)
  • Glass – including glass bottles and jars (please rinse and empty)
  • Paper – paper including all paper, cartons, and cardboard (please flatten boxes)


Please Don’t Bag Your Recyclables.


Know Your No’s

  • NO Styrofoam or peanuts
  • NO plastic wrap, pillows, or bags
  • NO tanglers like cords, hoses, wires
  • NO scrap metal
  • NO clothing or textiles
  • NO food or liquids
  • NO hazardous or medical waste
  • NO receipts, shredded paper, paper towels, or napkins


Keep these items out

  • All batteries
  • Aluminum foil
  • Ceramic items
  • Diapers
  • Disposable cups or lids (plastic and coffee)
  • Electronics
  • Household glass or mirrors
  • Scrap metal and wood
  • Straws
  • Tires
  • Toys

Resource Documents


Recycling Informative Postcard in Spanish – Recicla Mas

Recycle Right Postcard – PDF

What Not to Recycle Postcard – PDF

Recycle Right Postcard – Accessible PDF

What Not to Recycle Postcard – Accessible PDF


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For more curbside recycling information, visit

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To find information on Hard 2 Recycle events, visit


Sanitation Division – 828-259-5857 –