Residential Recycling

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Sources: Paper, Organics, Plastic, Scrap Metal

Ontario County residents have been separating recyclables from waste for 25-plus years. Every county resident should have a clear, simple way to recycle, whether you set out a bin at the curb or drop off recyclables at your local transfer station. If you live in an apartment where you toss your trash in a dumpster, there should be a separate container available for recycling.

What Goes in the Recycling Bin?


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Not Bin-Friendly

  • Wax coated, paper towels or tissues
  • Window glass, light bulbs, Pyrex, drinking glasses or ceramics
  • Car parts, appliance parts, or other scrap metals
  • Plastic bags, plastic film, biodegradable plastic

Not Sure?

Ask your recycler for details or check out the categories we’ve listed for different types of recyclable materials and how to dispose of them.


Even if you already sort of know how Zero-Sort works, here are the details.

Ontario County offers Zero-Sort recycling, sometimes called Single-Stream recycling. That means all the acceptable bin-friendly materials listed here can go in the same recycle bin. See where they go from there in the short video below from Casella Waste Systems.

Ontario County Local Solid Waste Management Plan

Local Solid Waste Management Plan

2017 Residential Recycling Survey

In the spring of 2017 Ontario County disseminated a recycling survey to all County residents. Developed in collaboration with Causewave Community Partners the County hoped to learn if residents recycle or not. And if not, why.The County received 867 completed surveys, here are the results: Ontario County-Causewave 2017 Residential Survey Results