Residential Recycling

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?


  • Clean paper and cardboard
  • Glass food and beverage containers
  • Metal food and beverage containers (including cans, trays and aluminum foils)
  • Clean plastic containers (Number's 1 through 7)

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.