Recycling in Oberlin is mandatory. A 64-gallon cart with a blue lid is provided for all your recyclable materials. Place recyclables loose and unbagged in your recycling cart.


Please empty, rinse and dry all containers; empty and flatten all boxes.

Plastic lids can be recycled inside its plastic container.
No straws.

IMPORTANT: Do not jam items into cart or overstuff the container.

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    Items that are recyclable in your cart

    Plastic: bottles – water, soda, sports drinks; detergent and shampoo containers (plastics with a neck); emptied, rinsed, flatten and replace plastic lid. Carton containers: milk, juice, wine, soup, creamer – self-stable or refrigerated. Aluminum, steel & bi-metal: food & beverage cans and lids – opened with a can opener or pull-top ring. Glass: food and beverage containers. Mixed Paper: including newspaper & inserts, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, phone books, box board, paper bags, t.p. & paper towel tubes; cardboard. Empty box and brake down before placing into cart. For more information, copy & paste this: into your browser for Recycling Simplified.

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    Item that CANNOT be recycled in carts

    Containers with foods or liquids. Containers that contained hazardous materials such as oil or antifreeze. Styrofoam, aluminum foil, pie tins. Plastic wrap, plastic bags, flower pots, hoses, mirrors or plastic toys. Scrap metal, plastic furniture or batteries. Pet waste or yard waste.

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    Contamination in the Recycling Stream

    Material not recyclable is making recyclable materials unmarketable. One major source are cardboard boxes thrown into a recycling bin or dumpster without removing the styrofoam, plastic or other packing materials; mixing recyclable items with trash or food; not emptying and rinsing recycables; using the recycling cart as a second trash cart! Don’t be a “wishful recycler” by putting items in the recycling bin, hoping that they will be recycled. Know the city’s program and place only those items into your recycling cart. Recycle wise; sort smart. Recycling Update 2019

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    Special Collections

    For items that cannot be recycled in carts, please refer to the links below for Additional Drop-off Locations and recycling ideas. Also, check to see if there are special events or collections available to dispose of specific items. Click here.

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    Recycling Rebates

    Find out more here.

Recycling Locator

Got an item we don’t take? Use this site powered by Earth911 to locate recycling.

Information & Reports

Read our Recycling Progress Report as well as our Zero Waste Plan