Recycling Guidelines

Atlantic County residents can recycle accepted items together in one container. Items should be empty, clean and dry! Do not store in bags, please keep items loose in container. ACUA may flag your container and refuse pickup if there are plastic bags present.



#1, 2 and 5 plastic bottles, containers and jugs

No food or liquid residue! Examples:

  • Water/Soda/Juice bottles
  • Milk Jugs
  • Shampoo Bottles
  • Laundry Detergent Jugs
  • Ketchup Bottles
  • Plastic Egg Cartons
  • Yogurt Containers
  • Iced Coffee Cups
  • Margarine Tubs



All Glass Bottles/Containers/Jars - lids and caps removed (if metal, recycle separately)

Recycling Paper Guide


  • Printer Paper
  • Envelopes (with or without windows)  
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Junk Mail  
  • Magazines/ Newspapers  
  • Telephone Books  
  • Cardboard (corrugated must be flattened and tied with twine)  



Aluminum/Steel/Tin cans and lids

DO NOT Recycle  

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Batteries
  • Broken Glass
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Cellophane
  • Ceramics
  • Electronics
  • Frozen Food Boxes
  • Food Residue 
  • Glassware
  • Hardback Books
  • Hazardous Waste 
  • Large Rigid Plastics
  • Light Bulbs
  • Liquids
  • Medicine
  • Mirrors
  • Needles
  • Paper Towels/Napkins/Plates/Cups
  • Plastic Bags (return to stores)
  • Plastic utensils, plates, straws
  • Plastics #3, 4, 6 and 7
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Pots/Pans
  • Rigid Plastics (Laundry Baskets, Toys, Lawn Chairs)
  • Scrap Metal
  • Shredded Paper
  • Sharps
  • Styrofoam
  • Syringes/Needles
  • Tangly Items like Hoses/Cords
  • Tire Rims/Car Parts
  • Tissues
  • Toys
  • Vases
  • Waxed Paper
  • Wet Paper/Cardboard
  • Wire Clothes Hangers
  • Wrapping Paper 

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The above guidelines apply to Atlantic County customers. If you reside in Cumberland County, please click here. If you reside in Cape May County, please click here.

Collection and Drop-Off Information

Recycling collection differs by municipality. Click here to view your collection schedule. Residents of Atlantic County may drop off single stream recycling materials as well as shredded paper at our Recycling Drop-Off located at our Environmental Park during normal business hours.

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