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What to Recycle

Accepted Items/Not Accepted

No Need to Sort! Our residential recycling program is single stream. We don’t require materials to be sorted. However, if you prefer to keep like items together to organize and contain your recyclables between collections, that’s okay, too! Don’t be alarmed if the items are mixed in the truck together. Everything collected by TFC Recycling will be separated at the processing facility in Chester. Recyclables collected by CFS and County Waste from cities of Hopewell and Petersburg go to the CFS Recycling Center in Petersburg.

What’s Recyclable in CVWMA Program

Recycle More with CVWMA.  In addition to aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars, mixed paper and cardboard, CVWMA accepts plastic bottles, jugs, tubs and containers with a #1-#7 on bottom, plastic lids and caps (rinsed and free of food residue and placed back on bottle or carton, not loose), and cartons such as milk, juice and egg substitutes are recyclable in our residential recycling (curbside) and drop-off recycling programs in our participating member localitiesRemember that plastic bags, Styrofoam, and food contaminated items are not accepted. Please do not bag your recyclables in plastic bags and place bagged recyclables in your recycling container. Plastic bags damage the sorting equipment at the material recovery facility (MRF). If you use plastic bags, please recycle at local retail stores. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.

 

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Cardboard
Corrugated cardboard boxes- please flatten. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.
Mixed Paper
Newspaper, magazines,catalogs, computer paper, junk mail, cereal and other paperboard boxes and paper bags. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.
Aluminum  and Steel Can
Aluminum beverage cans
Metal cans, including food and beverage cans. Lids can be recycled too.Empty and rinse. Place the lid back in the can. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.
Kitchen, Laundry, Bath: Plastic Bottles and Containers
In addition to the milk and juice jugs,  soda & water bottles, shampoo bottles; detergent bottles that are accepted in our programs, starting, CVWMA accepts all plastic bottles and containers with a #1-#7 on the bottom . Butter tubs, yogurt sour cream, clear clamshells, berry baskets, prescription bottles, etc. Empty, rinse, and replace cap before placing in your recycling container. Remember, Styrofoam containers/packaging are still not accepted. We do not accept motor oil plastic bottles either.Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.
Bottles and Jars
Clear, blue,brown & green food & beverage glass containers. Empty and rinse. Remove and throw away metal caps/lids from accepted bottles or jars before putting them in the recycling container. Metal lids are not accepted. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.

Food and Beverage Cartons

These are made of plastic-coated paper or cardboard, and are now accepted. Milk, juice, soup, creamers. Empty, rinse  and replace plastic caps before placing in your recycling container. Here is a short video by the Carton Council on what new products that recycled cartons can be made into.

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Plastic Lids or Caps

Plastic lids and caps are now accepted. Remove lids from accepted bottles or jars and rinse and replace cap before putting them in the recycling container. No loose bags of caps are accepted. The cap needs to be placed back on the bottle or carton to be recycled. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.

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Do NOT Include These Items in Your Recycling Bin, Cart or Personal Container(s):

Please DO NOT include the items below.
NO Foam Products and Carryout Packaging
Including cups, carryout packaging, and packaging materials (like peanuts). Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.

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NO PLASTIC BAGS.

Do not bag recyclables in plastic bags. They will not be opened and recycled at the MRF. Plastic bags can cause equipment damage at the processing facility (MRF) when they get wrapped around moving parts. Return plastic bags and film to retail stores. Recycle at local retail stores

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NO Food-contaminated items
Such as pizza boxes or aluminum foil. Any food left on your containers may attract pests to your recycling bin. Food residue also contaminates the materials and make them unrecyclable. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.

 NO Hazardous Waste Containers

No flammables, motor oil, paint, or batteries are accepted.

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NO Tanglers

No hoses, wires, chains or electronics are accepted.

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Metal Caps
Remove and throw away metal caps/lids from accepted bottles or jars before putting them in the recycling container. Watch our educational Journey to the MRF video.
Recycle at home? Recycling not collected? Call CVWMA at (804) 340-0900 to speak with one of our customer service representatives for recycling assistance. Please do not email or post a missed collection on social media as Staff cannot provide online assistance.