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Recycle

Aerosol Cans

Accepted in curbside recycling collection.

Instructions: Empty Cans Only. OK to leave labels on.

Restrictions: NO needles or sharps. No gas or propane cans or tanks.

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Aluminum Cans

Accepted in curbside recycling collection. 

Instructions: Please rinse out cans. Do not crush.

Restrictions: Clean all foil and pie tins properly.

Not Accepted

Anti-Freeze

Not accepted curbside. 

Instructions: Anti-freeze may be dropped off at the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey Avenue. Must be less than 5 gallons.

Garbage

Ashes

Accepted in the curbside garbage collection. 

Instructions: Please double bag ashes in the garbage cart.

Not Accepted

Auto Batteries

Not accepted curbside. 

Instructions: Auto batteries may be dropped off at the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey Avenue.

Not Accepted

Batteries

Not accepted in curbside collection. 

Alkaline (Single-Use) Batteries: Never put these batteries in your recycling cart. Single use batteries (A, AA, AAA, C, D, etc.) can be thrown out in your regular garbage or can be recycled for a fee through a variety of mail in programs or local retail drop offs. Recycling these batteries through mail in or retail drop off programs can recover steel and zinc.

Rechargeable Batteries: Never put these batteries in your recycling or garbage cart. Rechargeable batteries (NiCd, NiMH, NiZn, Li-ion, SSLA/Pb) are recyclable through a variety of local retailers serving as drop-off locations. Rechargeable batteries contain toxic chemicals and must be properly disposed of through specific recycling locations instead of being placed in the garbage or recycling cart.

Vehicle Batteries: Lead-Acid batteries, typically found in cars and other vehicles, must be recycled in the state of Wisconsin. Many stores that sell these batteries accept them for recycling while offering savings on the purchase of a new one.

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Books

Accepted in curbside recycling collection. 

Instructions: Paperback books, phone books, hardcover books ONLY if cover and back is removed, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, and mixed paper. Consider donating your used books, or renting your next book or ebook.

Restrictions: No tissue paper or wax/foil/plastic lined paper or trash. If recycling a phone book, consider opting out of that service if no longer needed.

Special

Branches, Brush, and Leaves

Grass clippings, leaves, branches, brush, and yard waste are all accepted at the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey Avenue. Free mulch is also offered to the community from the provided branches. 

    Instructions: Check our leaf collection and cleanup schedule for fall leaf cleanup.

    Not Accepted

    Car Rotors

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Instructions: Take to the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey Avenue or local scrap metal yard.

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    Please flatten boxes.

    Cardboard

    Accepted in curbside recycling collection. 

    Instructions: Allowed items: corrugated cardboard and paperboard (cereal boxes), junk mail, mixed paper, beverage carrier packs, paperback books, newspapers, magazines, and phone books.

    Restrictions: Boxes with food waste and grease not accepted. No tissue paper or wax/foil/plastic lined paper or trash.

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    Cartons

    Accepted curbside in recycling collection. 

    Instructions: Please empty and rinse.

    Restrictions: Acceptable cartons include those used for shelf-stable and refrigerated food and beverage products.

    Garbage

    Cat Litter

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Instructions: Cat litter must be bagged before placing in the garbage cart.

    Garbage

    CDs and DVDs

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Instructions: Consider donating used DVDs and CDs.

    Not Accepted

    Cell Phones

    Not accepted curbside. Cell phones are banned from Wisconsin landfills. Lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones and tablets pose a significant fire risk at our recycling facility if damaged.

    Not Accepted

    Chains

    Not accepted curbside. Private garbage and recycling resources may accept drop off of chains. 

    Special

    Christmas Trees

    Pickup will begin on January 4. Trees are picked up on the same day as your garbage pickup. Trees will be picked up through the end of January.

    Instructions: Christmas trees are picked up at the curb. There is NO ALLEY pickup of Christmas trees. Christmas wreaths are picked up with normal curbside garbage collection. Residents are reminded to NOT place trees in plastic bags and remove all ornaments and decorative lights. Trees are recycled by grinding them into wood chips. These chips are available to the public free of charge. Christmas trees can also be disposed of at the Resident Drop-Off Site located at 2026 New Jersey Ave. Place your trees in the area normally used for branches.

    Restrictions: Remove all lights and decorations from the tree.

    Not Accepted

    Cleaners

    Not accepted curbside. 

    Instructions: Household Hazardous Waste Sites will accept: garage, auto, and toxic workshop cleaners.

    Garbage

    Clothing (Textiles)

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection.

    Instructions: Consider donating clothing that is in good condition.

    Not Accepted

    Variety of Disposal Options

    Construction Debris

    Not accepted in curbside collection. Several locations take renovation materials as donations. 

    Instructions: Larger amounts require a special collection (for a fee) or must be taken to private garbage and recycling resource centers

    Special

    Cooking Oil (used)

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Instructions: Cooking oil may be dropped off at the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey Avenue. Must be under 5 gallons.

    Special

    Dead Animals

    For animals in the public right of way, call 920.459.3440 for collection. 

    Not Accepted

    Electronics

    Not accepted curbside. 

    Instructions: Research drop off centers that accept electronics. Most have a charge for disposal and a limit on the amount that can be dropped off in one visit.

    Restrictions: Electronics are banned from all Wisconsin landfills.

    Special

    Engines (small)

    Not accepted curbside. 

    Instructions: Consider donating items such as lawn mowers and snow blowers. Even if they are not in working condition, many people and organizations are interested. If donating is not an option, drain all fluids (oil, gasoline, etc.) and dispose of properly, then take the item to the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey avenue.

    Garbage

    Foam (EPS containers and coolers)

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection.  

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    Foil and Foil-like Containers

    Accepted in curbside recycling collection 

    Instructions: Containers and foil must be clean and free of food waste.

    Garbage

    Consider Composting

    Food Scraps

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection.

    Instructions: Look into ways of reducing the amount of food you put in the trash, including using in-sink food disposals and backyard composting.

    Not Accepted

    Furniture

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Instructions Consider donation to an organization in need if in good enough condition. Otherwise furniture may be disposed of at a private garbage and recycling resource center.

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    Glass Bottles and Jars

    Accepted in curbside recycling collection. 

    Instructions: Any color. Please rinse out. OK to leave labels on.

    Restrictions: No window glass, light bulbs, ceramics, drinking glasses, china, or Pyrex.

    Garbage

    Glass Windows

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection.

    Not Accepted

    Grass Clippings

    Not accepted curbside. Do not place in cart.

    Instructions: Consider leaving grass clippings on your lawn to return the nutrients to your soil or composting. If these options won’t work, grass clippings must be brought to the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey Avenue.

    Restrictions: It is illegal to put grass clippings in your garbage cart.

    Garbage

    Special Drop Offs Available

    Hangers

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Instructions: Many stores and dry cleaners will take back hangers for reuse. If reuse is not an option, metal hangers are scrap metal and can be taken to the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey Avenue. Plastic hangers that cannot be donated should go in the garbage.

    Garbage

    Holiday Lights

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Garbage

    Hoses

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Garbage

    Ice Cream Containers (paper)

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection.

    Garbage

    Ink

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Not Accepted

    Light Bulbs (fluorescent)

    Not accepted in curbside collection. Do not place it in the bin. 

    Instructions: CFL and fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, which is a hazardous material, and must be disposed of properly. Do NOT place fluorescent bulbs or tubes in your trash or recycling carts. CFL bulbs can be taken to many retail outlets, such as Ace, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, Target, and True Value. Batteries Plus Bulbs accept residential fluorescent tubes for a very small fee. Call individual stores to verify their participation. Household Hazardous Waste Sites also accept these items, but the cost of processing CFLs through this site is very costly so retail sites are preferred.

    Garbage

    Light Bulbs (Incandescent and Halogen)

    These bulbs are not considered hazardous and may be collected in curbside garbage collection.

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    Magazines

    Accepted in curbside recycling collectoin: magazines, newspapers, phone books, paperback books, corrugated cardboard, junk mail, and mixed paper

    Restrictions: No tissue paper or wax/foil/plastic lined paper or trash.

    Not Accepted

    Do not flush old medication.

    Medication

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Instructions: Over the counter (OTC) and prescription medication can be dropped off at the Sheboygan Police Department collection location.

    Not Accepted

    Microwave Ovens

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Instructions: Microwaves may be collected at a private garbage and recycling center.

    Not Accepted

    Motor Oil Filters

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Instructions: Private garbage and recycling resource centers will accept motor oil filters.

    Not Accepted

    Needles, Syringes, Hypodermic

    It is illegal for needles and syringes to be put in the garbage or recycling carts/bins. Needles and syringes must be taken to a sharps collection station or check with your local pharmacy about their disposal options.

    Garbage

    Paint must be fully dried.

    Paint (latex)

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection if fully dry. 

    Instructions: Dry paint fully in the container and ensure that not just the top layer is dry before disposing. Consider mixing in a drying agent to speed of the drying process for disposal.

    Not Accepted

    Paint (oil based)

    Not accepted in curbside collection.

    Instructions: Household Hazardous Waste Sites will accept oil-based paint. Consider donating unopened paint to charity.

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    Paper

    Accepted in curbside recycling collection: Newspapers, magazines, phone books, corrugated cardboard and paperboard (cereal boxes), junk mail, mixed paper, beverage carrier packs, and paperback books.

    Restrictions: No tissue paper or wax/foil/plastic lined paper or trash.

    Recycle

    Paper (shredded)

    Accepted in curbside recycling collection. 

    Instructions: Shredded paper should be contained in a sealed paper bag before placed in recycling cart. Only shred when necessary.

    Garbage

    Paper Plates and Cups

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection.

    Restrictions: Not recyclable. Do not place in the recycling bin.

    Garbage

    Empty only.

    Pesticides (empty)

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Instructions: If full, dispose of in a Household Hazardous Waste site.

    Garbage

    Please Double Bag.

    Pet Waste

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Instructions: Please double bag all pet waste.

    Garbage

    Special Drop Offs Available

    Plastic Bags and Film

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Instructions: Do NOT place in the recycling bin. Many organization and grocery chains have programs for collection and recycling of plastic bags.

    Recycle

    Recycle #1, #2, and #5

    Plastic Containers

    Accepted in curbside recycling collection. 

    Instructions: Please empty and rinse out. Lids should be screwed back on prior to recycling.

    Restrictions: Only plastic containers with a #1, #2, or #5 symbol. Bulky plastics such as five-gallon buckets, laundry baskets, or cat litter buckets may be recycled curbside or at a Drop Off Center.

    Garbage

    Pots (flower, plant containers)

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection.  

    Recycle

    Pots and Pans

    Accepted in curbside recycling collection. 

    Special

    Propane or Gas Cylinders

    Not accepted in curbside collection.

    Instructions: Check with locations where you purchased the propane tanks. Contact retailers of initial purchase before returning or refilling empty tanks. Tanks 5 lbs or less may be taken to the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey Avenue.

    Restrictions: Propane tanks are very dangerous in the trucks and at the Materials Recovery Facility.

    Garbage

    Rope

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Special

    Scrap Metal

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Instructions: Scrap metal may be dropped off at the Sheboygan Recycling Center on New Jersey Avenue.

    Not Accepted

    Shingles (asphalt roofing)

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Garbage

    Special drop offs available.

    Shoes

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection.

    Instructions: Look for recycling drop off locations.

    Garbage

    Spiral Wound Container

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection. 

    Instructions: Examples of food/ beverage items found in these containers may include, but are not limited to, juice concentrate, Pringles, cookie dough, Crescent Rolls, oats, dried fruits, bulk coffee, and bulk hot chocolate.

    Recycle

    Labels OK

    Steel Cans

    Accepted in curbside recycling collection.

    Instructions: Please rinse. OK to leave labels on.

    Restrictions: No needles or sharps.

    Garbage

    Styrofoam

    Accepted in curbside garbage collection.

    Not Accepted

    Televisions (TVs)

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Not Accepted

    Tires

    Not accepted in curbside collection. 

    Garbage

    Tissue Paper (Kleenex)

    Tissue paper, Kleenex, napkins, and toilet paper should be placed in the garbage. These items do not belong in your recycling cart.

    Garbage

    To-Go Container (paper, plastic, or styrofoam)

    Paper, plastic, or Styrofoam to-go or take-out containers should be placed in the garbage for curbside collection. 

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