Recycling FAQ

Recycling FAQ

What is accepted in recycling?

We accept single stream as well as source separated recycled materials. Most commercial and residential recycling is single stream, which means all of the materials we accept can be commingled rather than separating them.

Plastics, aluminum, metal, glass and unsoiled paper products are recyclable in most TDS streams. Consult our Waste Wizard by searching under the “What Goes Where” feature.

Can food wrappers like pizza boxes and aluminum foil be recycled?

Please thoroughly rinse any food containers of food residue in order to recycle them. Aluminum foil may be recycled if it is rinsed clean of any food residue. Pizza boxes may not be recycled, as the food residue on them cannot be rinsed and will contaminate the load of recyclables making the load unrecyclable.

How are single stream recycling materials separated at the MRF?

View a video of the Materials Recovery Facility here.

What are the benefits of recycling?

Recycling is using materials otherwise discarded for a new purpose. This can be done by reclaiming materials and repurposing them, or traditional recycling by collecting, baling and reusing raw materials. Recycling conserves natural resources like wood, water, and minerals. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions created during processing of new materials and creates well-paying jobs in the United States. Recycling is a way to reduce wastefulness, and by reusing materials, save them from ending up in the landfill where they will never be reclaimed.

Do you have educational information about recycling for kids?

Yes! TDS launched its Eco Academy program in 2017, educating children on how to divert waste from the landfill. Please visit EcoAcademy.org to learn more.