Recycling Etiquette

Shown below are the rules for dropping off recycled materials for the Otsego County Recycling Drop-off Program. Each recycling program is different, so please check with your recycling location to verify material preparation requirements for other locations/programs.

Click to view the Otsego County Recycling Brochure to learn more about Otsego County’s program.

Mixed Containers

Juice boxes, milk cartons and paper cups

  • Please rinse and flatten
  • NO juice pouches or straws

Plastic bottles, jugs and jars

  • All numbers: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7
  • Please rinse and flatten. There’s no need to remove labels
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO motor oil jugs
  • NO toys, buckets, or durable dishes
  • NO “biodegradable” or corn-based plastics (PLA)
  • NO plastic bags. They belong with your Paper, Boxes, and Bags.

Plastic tubs, trays and cups

  • All numbers: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7
  • Please rinse and flatten. There’s no need to remove labels.
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO durable dishes, wash tubs, buckets, etc.
  • NO “biodegradable” or corn-based plastics (PLA)
  • NO plastic bags. They belong with your Paper, Boxes and Bags.

Metal cans, foil and trays

  • Metal lids are okay
  • Aluminum, steel and tin
  • Please rinse and flatten
  • NO aerosol cans or propane tanks

Glass bottles and jars

  • Clear, green, brown, and blue
  • Please rinse. There’s no need to remove labels
  • NO light bulbs, window glass, or glass dishes

Paper, Boxes and Bags

Cardboard and paper bags

  • Boxes from frozen and refrigerated foods are okay
  • Boxboard – like cereal boxes and paper towel cores – is okay
  • Please remove packing materials and flatten
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO pet food bags
  • NO loose plasstic bags. Please stuff all plastic bags into one bag and tie it shut

Plastic grocery and breag bags

  • Stretch bags only
  • Clean, dry bags only
  • Please put all of the bags into one bag and tie it shut
  • Shrink wrap – like around rolls of paper towels and cases of water bottles – is okay
  • NO cling wrap (used to wrap food and cover dishes)
  • NO cereal box liners
  • NO “crunchy” plastics – cellophane, pretzel bags, potato chip bags, etc.

Newspapers and inserts

  • NO newspapers which have gotten wet and/or yellowed

Magazines, cataglogs, and books

  • Hardcover, paperback, and phone books are okay

Office paper

  • Accepted at all drop sites
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Copy paper, writing paper, and file folders
  • Shredded paper too Please put it in a transparent bag
  • NO construction paper or dark or bright copy paper
  • NO padded, plastic, or Kraft (gold paper) envelopes

There’s no need to remove

  • rubber bands
  • paper clips
  • plastic windows from envelopes
  • stickers
  • sticky notes
  • mailing labels
  • staples
  • tape
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