Contamination (Unaccepted Items)

Educational Resources

    Your recycling matters.  Don’t Make These Recycling Mistakes.

    1. No plastic bags or plastic bagged recyclables. If you use plastic bags, click here for local drop-off locations at retail/grocery stores to recycle them. Here is a YouTube video showing how they are recycled.
    2. No shredded paper.
    3. No tanglers ( hoses, cords, tree lights).
    4. No batteries of any kind.
    5. No food contaminated items.
    6. No Styrofoam ( carry out or packing materials).

    Putting items that CVWMA does not accept in your recycling container or at a drop-off recycling location can damage equipment, harm workers, and adds additional sorting and disposal costs.

    Visit our What to Recycle webpage for items that can be placed in recycling bins, carts, or personal containers.

    Can I recycle a motor oil bottle with a #2 on the bottom?

    No. Motor oil residue has become one of the biggest contaminants for our plastics markets. The residue seeps into the porous plastic and cannot be removed through the washing process. Of course you should never try to rinse or wash a motor oil bottle yourself since motor oil down the sink or storm drain causes a much larger environmental crisis than a plastic bottle in the trash.

    Save those containers to pour used motor-oil back in to for return to your local automotive parts store.


    Why don’t you accept plastic bags?

    We do not accept plastic bags/plastic bagged recyclables because they damage (jam) the sorting equipment at the materials recovery facility ( or MRF), prevent materials from being properly sorted, and add additional disposal costs .  Many local grocery and retail stores offer recycling containers for Plastic Bag Recycling, but these are not CVWMA programs.  Click here to find a location where you live. 

    Because of the nuisance plastic bags cause our community when they become litter and blow around, we recommend reusable bags, whether they are canvas or paper.  Canvas bags can be reused for years, so they are the optimal choice.  Paper bags come from a renewable resource (trees) and if the handles break or they tear, they can be recycled in CVWMA’s curbside or drop-off recycling programs!

     Watch our CVWMA Plastic Bags Public Service Announcement (PSA)

    Why don’t you accept shredded paper?

    We do not accept shredded  paper. The paper shreds clog equipment at the materials recovery facility ( or MRF), contaminate the glass processing, and end up as litter inside the MRF. Contact a local animal shelter to ask if they can use, use in your compost, or participate on a local document shredding event.

    Why don’t you accept batteries?

    We do not accept batteries, of any kind in residential recycling or drop-off recycling containers. Lithium batteries can cause fires.