What’s Recyclable at the MRF?

Four minor changes in our recycling guidelines went into effect on July 1, 2020.
We have updated the recycling guides on this page to reflect these changes:
Shredded paper and aerosol cans are no longer accepted in recycling.
Clear plastic cups and egg cartons are now considered acceptable in recycling.
Click here for more information.

Recycling Education Tools

MRF Recycling Brochure

Recycling Brochure

Recycle Paper

Recycle Paper Poster

Recycle Containers

Recycle Containers poster

   Recycling’s Most Unwanted Items…                  …and WHY they’re Unwanted!!!

Recycling's Most Unwanted Poster                                                      

Recycle Single Stream
Only applies to some Western Mass. cities.

Recycling Postcard

Spanish Recycle Postcard

Recycle in the Kitchen

Recycle in the Bathroom

Recycle for the Holidays

Recycling is Happening
in Western Mass.

Detailed Yes / No list

Don’t Bag Recylables

School Cafeteria Recycling Signs:

Recycle Bottles, Juice Boxes, Cans

Recycle Milk & Juice Cartons
(Click for Milk Carton Recycling policy)

Trash: Don’t Recycle!


  • All paper and cardboard must be clean & dry
  • Junk mail – Plastic windows okay
  • Boxboard – Cereal, shoe, cracker boxes, clean pizza boxes, etc.  Remove plastic liners.
  • Newspapers/inserts
  • Magazines/catalogs
  • Paper bags
  • White and colored office paper
  • Corrugated cardboard – Flatten, remove tape. Do not tie with string.
  • Paperbacks and phone books -covers okay


  • Glass bottles/jars, only clear, green, or brown, less than 2.5 gallons – Labels, lids, neck rings, etc. are ok.
  • Aluminum, tin/steel cans and lids, and aluminum foil – Labels are ok.
  • Milk & juice cartons (tent top), drink boxes – Remove straws & caps, flatten.
  • Plastic bottles, jars, and tubs. Caps and lids are ok, but must be left on the container.  No loose caps or lids.
  • Clear plastic hinged containers (clamshells).  No clamshells that are black plastic, styrofoam or compostable.

Remember to rinse containers before recycling.

No light bulbs, window or auto glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex, ceramics, or broken glass.

No paint cans or other household metal objects.

No clothing or textiles.

No plastic bags, containers over 2.5 gallons, motor oil jugs, chemical or Styrofoam containers or flower pots.