Thanksgiving: A Guide to Recycling

By Oxford Marketing Team Oct 5, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from Oxford Properties!

Thanksgiving is the best time to enjoy family, friends, and of course, delicious food. With every delicious holiday meal and gathering comes the inevitable clean-up. It’s important to “Know Before You Throw” and do your part to support recycling in your building. Unfortuantely, contaminated recycling costs valuable money and ruins otherwise, perfectly good, recyclable materials. We’ve put together a list of some of the common items you may have after a Thanksgiving dinner that you should make sure to put in the Blue Bin.

What to Recycle

Bottles, jars (lids on)

Tubs/ lids
Disposable plates, cups
Beverage bottles
Milk bags
Produce bags

Aluminum/steel cans (pop cans)
**Note – aluminum sheet foil and chip bags go in the garbage
Pie plates, roasting pans
Aerosol cans (whipped cream canisters, for example)

Gift wrap, tissue (foil wrap and ribbon are garbage)
Rolls (toilet paper, paper towel, wrapping paper)
Cardboard/boxboard (cereal, tissue)

Foam polystyrene (Foam food and protective packaging)
Drinking cups
Egg cartons
Meat trays,
Takeout food containers

The Top Blue Bin Offenders

  • Black Plastic- black plastic of any kind like take-out containers, coffee lids, or black garbage bags aren’t accepted. These go in the garbage.
  • Containers with leftover food – please empty and rinse
  • Hot Beverage Cups – These go in the garbage because of the wax lining. The non-black plastic lids and paper sleeves can go in the Blue Bin.

Check with your Resident Manager to find out where to properly dispose of garbage, recycling, organics and other items in your building. We have put together some great resources in your Resident Welcome Package for you to utilize as well!

**Recyclable materials vary from city to city. Check with your local municipality’s website or City Recycling Guide to find out what items are allowed in your area.