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Recycling List for St Johns County: What is Recyclable?

NPR ran a story this week about the amount of work that goes into sorting out non-recyclables from all of the mounds of recycling well-meaning Americans dispose of each week. Now, CBS This Morning has a story about plastics and the problems it is causing in landfills, oceans and in recycling.

Over half of what is put into recycling bins is contaminated and has to be sorted out. Ouch. Here is a list of what St Johns County accepts.

Let’s make the lives of the sorting facility a little easier and pay close attention to this list. I would expect this recycling list may change sometime soon given that a lot of the plastics that China was accepting are now being tossed. But for now, this is the guide. NO PIZZA BOXES and NO PLASTIC BAGS.

Items Accepted Include:


  • Newspapers
  • Craft Paper
  • Shredded Paper
  • Paper Towel Cores
  • Chip Board
  • Cardboard Boxes – Flattened to 2 ft by 3 ft sections
  • Paperback Books
  • Magazines
  • Mail
  • Telephone Books
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Paperboard Boxes – Cereal


  • Clear Glass
  • Green Glass
  • Brown Glass

  • Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Steel Food Cans
  • Aluminum Baking Tins
  • Aluminum Food Cans
  • Clean Metallic Lids


  • Milk Cartons
  • Juice Boxes
  • Boxed Soups
  • Food & Beverage Cartons


  • Detergent & Cleaning Containers
  • Milk Jugs & Colored Jugs
  • Soda Bottles
  • Water Bottles
  • All Plastics Labeled #1-7 (labels do not need to be removed)
Place service provider accepted recycling cart curbside by 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

Items Not Collected:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Food Waste & Garbage
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Batteries
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Styrofoam
  • Fireworks & Flares
  • Animals
  • Tires
  • Hangers
  • Mirrors & Window Panes
  • Needles and other Medical Waste
  • Yard Waste
  • Christmas Lights
  • Wire
  • Electronics
  • Hazardous Waste

White Goods

  • Refrigerators & Freezers
  • Washers & Dryers
  • Window Air Conditioners
  • Trash Compactors
  • Furnaces
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Stoves & Ranges
  • Water Heaters
  • Microwaves
Recycle appliances curbside by scheduling a collection with your service provider.
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5 Responses to “Recycling List for St Johns County: What is Recyclable?”

  • Dan Huff
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    What numbers on the plastic containers do you accept for recycling 1,2,3,4,5,6,7? It would be helpful to list these on the web site. I have a #5 but not sure you take it.

  • I had no idea that a lot of recycling bins are contaminated and need to be sorted before anything can happen. Sorting my waste would be a lot of work for me too. I’d rather hire a recycling service that can take some electronic items and recycle them without issues.

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