What To put out at the curb

Single Stream Recycling

The City of Philadelphia has citywide single stream recycling. Single stream recycling means that all recyclables can be put in the same container, including plastics and cardboard. Below is a list of what can and can't be recycled. You can also download a printable PDF of this list here. It's the perfect addition to any refrigerator!


Aluminum and tin cans
Empty aerosol cans
Empty paint cans and lids
Aluminum foil
Pie tins/baking tins
Metal bottle caps
Glass jars and bottles
Paper and Cardboard
Newspaper and magazines
Cardboard boxes - flattened
Mail (junk and personal) - window envelopes are okay
Phone books
Hardcover and softcover books
Wrapping paper
Computer paper
Empty pizza boxes
Soda and beer cartons
Milk/OJ/Juice cartons
Ice cream cartons
Aseptic foil cartons
Paper coffee "cans"
Comet brand scrubber "cans"
Dishwasher detergent boxes (with the metal spout)
Plastics #1 - #7
5-gallon buckets/kitty litter buckets
Bottle caps
Small plastic toys


Styrofoam (includes egg cartons, clamshell containers, plates, cups and meat trays)
Packing peanuts
Plastic films or bags
Big PVC pipes
Compostable plastics
Light bulbs
Window panes/mirrors/pyrex
Pots and pans
Paper drink containers with wax (plastic) liner
Coffee cup lids
Plastic cutlery
Plastic 6-pack rings
Waxed paper and waxed cardboard
Empty deodorant sticks
Coat hangers (plastic or metal)

And don't forget: Items that may still have use—like clothing, old electronics and housewares—can be donated to organizations like The Salvation Army, Goodwill and Second Mile.

Or you can check out PhillyFreecycle.org, an online materials exchange aimed at keeping materials out of landfills.

Leaves, composting and other organics