City of College Park, Maryland

Public Works

Curbside Single-Stream Recycling: What is and is not Accepted in the Blue Cart

The City of College Park has a curbside single stream recycling program. Blue recycling carts are provided at no cost to City residents who receive City refuse collection service. Single stream recycling means that your recyclable paper, plastic, metal, and glass items may all be combined in your blue recycling cart; paper no longer needs to be separated.

Recyclables should not be placed in green refuse carts. Refuse carts containing recyclable material and recycling carts containing refuse will not be collected.


Glass jars and bottles for food and beverage items: clear, green, blue and brown

Examples: beverage bottles, jars for jam, olives, pasta sauce, etc.

Baking and cooking dishes
Ceramics and drinking glasses
Mirror glass
Window glass

Aerosol cans 
Aluminum cans
Steel/tin cans (soup, pet food, etc)
Aluminum foil and
Single-use aluminum baking pans
Metal hangers


Gasoline, oil, herbicide, pesticide cans
Loose metal: hardware, metal straps, paper clips, etc.
Pots and pans, Utensils

Advertisements, Catalogues
Copy and computer paper Colored paper, Card stock, Corrugated cardboard, Envelopes, Mail,
Gift wrap (non-metallic), Magazines, Newspaper, Paperboard (cereal/shoe boxes - remove inner bags)
Aseptic and gable-top containers
(juice & milk cartons),
Frozen food boxes

Shredded paper (must be contained in a paper bag or cardboard box)

Carbon copy & thermal fax paper
Laminated paper
Metallic gift wrap
Soiled paper plates and cups
Paper towels and napkins
Wax paper, food wrapping

Narrow and wide-neck food and drink containers with a triangle and #1-7 (drink bottles, milk, margarine, yogurt, sour cream)
Rigid plastics, including:
Buckets, crates and totes
Drinking cups
Plastic flower pots (with #1-7)
Plastic lawn furniture and coolers
Playground equipment and toys
Plastic hangers

**No Plastic Bags or Clamshell Containers**


Plastic bags/film (e.g. retail bags, plastic wrapping on food, zip-lock bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper bags, shrink wrap, or garbage bags)
Chip bags, candy wrappers, etc.
Cutlery and utensils
Styrofoam of any kind: cups, plates, takeout containers, foam packing or peanuts
Hazardous containers (herbicides, pesticides)
Hinged/clamshell containers (ex: containers from salad bars, fruit, software, electronics)
Motor oil bottles
Six-pack rings
Bubble wrap

Labels, lids, bottle caps, and rings are acceptable. It is preferable that lids, caps, and rings stay on the original container.

Plastic bags and film are no longer accepted in the blue recycling cart, they should be taken to a grocery store such as MOMs Organic Market, Shoppers, or Giant for recycling where they are made into things such as plastic decking material. If plastic bags are found in your cart, it will not be collected until emptied!

Other items that do not belong in your recycling cart include:

  • Any items with high food contamination
  • Batteries
  • Building materials
  • Construction & demolition (C&D) debris
  • Dirt and rocks
  • Electronics
  • Paint cans
  • Food scraps
  • Hazardous materials
  • Light bulbs
  • Medical wastes
  • Pressurized containers (propane, helium, SCUBA tanks)
  • Shingles
  • Yard waste

Please visit the Refuse page for disposal information. Other recycling or reuse opportunities may exist for some of these items. Call 240-487-3590 or email for more information and recycling resources.