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Aluminum & Tin Food Cans
Fruit & vegetable cans, beverage & coffee cans, pet food tins and metal lids from glass jars & bottles. Rinse items well and place in your recycling bins.

#1 through #7 Plastics

Number 1- Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

Found in: soft drink, water, and beer bottles; mouthwash bottles, peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil containers; ovenable food tray.

Recycled into: Polar fleece, fiber, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, straps and occasionally new containers.


Number 2- High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Found in: Milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergenat, and household cleaner bottles; shampoo bottles; some trash and shoping bags; motor oil bottles; butter and yogurt tubs; cereal box lines

Recycled into: Laundry detergent bottles, oil bottles, pens, and recycling containers, floor tile, drainage pipe, lumber, benches, doghouses, picnic tables, and fencing.


Number 3- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Found in: Window cleaner and detergeant bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging, wire jacketing, medical equipment, siding, windows, and piping.

Recycled into: Decks, paneling, mudflaps, roadway gutters, flooring, cables, speed bumps, mats


Number 4-  Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Found in: Squeezable bottles; bread, frozen food, dry cleaning, and shopping bags; tote bags; clothing; furniture; carpet

Recycled into: Trash can liners and cans, compost bins, shipping envelopes, paneling, lumber, landscaping ties, and floor tile.


Number 5- Polyproplylene (PP)

Found in: Some yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, straws, and medicine bottles.

Recycled into: Signal lights, battery cables, brooms, brushes, auto battery cases, ice scrappers, landscape borders, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, and trays


Number 6- Polysteyrene (PS)

Found in: Disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles, compact disc cases

Recycled into: Insulation, light switch plates, egg cartons, vents, rulers, foam packing, and carry-out containers.


Number 7- Miscellaneous

Found in: Three- and five-gallon water bottles, 'bullet-proof' materials, sunglasses, DVD's, iPod and computer cases, signs and displays, certain food containers, and nylon.

Recycled into: Plastic lumber, custom-made products


**Information provided by www.TheDailyGreen.com**



Paper & Newspaper
Any type of paper including, but not limited to, office paper, junk mail, newspaper, colored paper, holiday wrapping paper, and brown paper sacks. Also such as juice boxes, wine boxes, soup boxes, and milk cartons.

Books & Magazines
Telephone books, hard & soft cover books, magazines and catalogs.

Corrugated cardboard, boxboard, fiber board (i.e. packaging boxes, food boxes, beverage boxes, tissue boxes, pizza boxes, paper towel rolls, etc).

Cell Phones & Alkaline Batteries
Cell phones and cell phone batteries may be taken back to the store where originally purchased. Kar Life Batteries recycles automobile batteries right here in Sioux City or they may be take to the City’s Household Hazardous Materials Facility at 5800 28th St.  Please call the Household Hazardous Materials Facility at (712) 255-8345.  Please see our list of Drop Off Collection sites.

Glass Jars & Bottles
These items are elegible to be in the curbside collection program.  Please rinse and remove lids.  No broken glass please.

Please note, separation of the recyclables is no longer necessary!


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