Between caring for family, staying on top of work projects, and finding time to catch up with friends, it’s hard to balance all the moving parts. In fact, the mere thought of adding one more “to-do” on that never-ending list may seem intimidating. That’s why we try to make waste disposal as simple as possible― and yes, we mean recycling too!

Our planet needs all of us to incorporate more sustainable practices into our everyday life, and recycling some of your waste is a relatively simple way to do it. First, let’s talk about how PDC/AREA handles recycling services! Click here for a list of generally accepted materials,

How can I recycle?

Single stream recycling is a system in which all recyclable materials (paper, plastic, and metal) can be collected together and separated at a recycling facility, making it even easier for the consumer (that’s you!) to do their part. Once your recyclables arrive at the recycling facility, it's sorted and organized by trained sorters and state-of-the-art machines. To make the process even simpler, we’ve created a phrase to help you remember the basics of preparing your recyclables for collection.

Clean It. Check It. Curb It. Your new recycling motto.

  • Clean it. Bottles and containers should be washed of any substances before placement in the bin. Double-check to make sure all recyclables are clear of any liquids, food remnants, or debris.
  • Check it. Double-check that all your materials are recyclable. If you’re not sure about an item, check out the list of recycling do's and don'ts below!
  • Curb it. Collect your items in a central area of your home/business before placing them in your curbside bin.

Pro-Tip: You do not need to contain your recyclables in plastic bags for collection. In fact, we prefer you to leave the items loose in your PDC/AREA recycling bin― simply roll it to the curb on recycling day and we’ll take care of the rest!

What can I recycle?

Together, PDC/AREA has recycled more than 40,000 tons of material― keeping all of it out of landfills! Let’s keep up our hard work by understanding exactly what items can be recycled with us.


Mixed Paper

Paper Products

  • Newspaper
  • Office Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Junk Mail
  • Phone Books
  • Brochures
  • Magazines

Plastic Bottles

Plastic Bottles,
Jugs, Jars & Containers

  • Water Bottles 
  • Milk Jugs
  • Laundry Detergent Bottles
  • Plastic Jars
  • Beverage Bottles

Aluminum and Steel Cans

Aluminum Cans
& Containers

  • Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Food Cans
  • Scrap Metal

Mixed Cardboard


  • File Folders
  • Poster Board
  • Frozen Food Boxes
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Shipping Boxes


Batteries, Food, Diapers, Etc


  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Diapers (dirty or clean)
  • Food Waste
  • Batteries

Rope and Hose


  • Hoses
  • Chains
  • Ropes
  • Holiday Lights

Used Tissue

Personal Care Products

  • Tissue
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Napkins



  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Blankets
  • Towels

In the community, work, or home, you can follow these simple reminders to help us create a more sustainable future. Unsure about an item’s ability to be recycled? Please reach out to your local office for individual guidelines. 

Responses to frequently asked questions.

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Myth Crushers: Ins & Outs of Recycling

Truth or Myth? You must crush aluminum cans or plastic bottles before recycling.

Myth!  Cans and bottles can retain their original shape and still be properly recycled at our facility.

Truth or Myth? You do not have to place recyclable items in a plastic bag for collection.

Truth! We prefer items to be loosely collected in the designated bin and simply rolled out to the curb on recycling day.

Truth or Myth? Food materials do not need to be rinsed or dried before collection.

Myth! Please rinse and dry any food residue from containers before throwing in the bin.

Truth or Myth? You are never allowed to recycle: tanglers, food or liquid waste, batteries, needles/syringes, greasy pizza boxes, or baby diapers!

Truth! We ask that you never recycle any of these items to avoid causing contamination with other recyclables in the program.

Truth or Myth? I cannot recycle plastic bags in the curbside program.

Truth! We cannot properly recycle plastic shopping bags, but your local grocers and retailers will take back old plastic bags and recycle them properly.

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