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Plastics Guide Text-OnlyPlastics Guide Examples of items not accepted in City curbside collection or drop-off recycling programs: • Flexible Plastics o chip bags o candy or granola bar wrappers o coffee or tea pouches o drink pouches o retail shopping bags o food bags or packaging o rolled kitchen plastic wrap o dog or bird food bags o soil, mulch, or ice melt bags o boxed wine bags o plastic-coated gift wrap o gloves o wipes & packaging o bubble wrap o tape o balloons o other similar materials, even if there is a recycling symbol • Styrofoam & Other Plastics o Food items ▪ clamshell-like containers ▪ Styrofoam ▪ sauce cups, coffee cup lids, drinking straws, & silverware ▪ loose bottle caps or foam corks ▪ bread clips o Bathroom items ▪ lotion, toothpaste, makeup, or shampoo tubes or pump nozzles ▪ floss & floss sticks ▪ toothbrushes ▪ shaving razors ▪ contact lens or case o Other items ▪ writing utensils ▪ syringes ▪ shoes, clothing, & toys ▪ CD, VHS, & cassette tapes ▪ tape dispensers ▪ Styrofoam pieces ▪ yard signs ▪ cigarettes ▪ fertilizer, motor oil, or hazardous material bottles ▪ large plastic items, such as laundry baskets Examples of items accepted in City curbside collection or drop-off recycling programs: • water, juice, or soda bottles • milk jugs • lotion, soap, or shampoo bottles • medicine or vitamin bottles • yogurt cups or tubs • laundry detergent jugs • sour cream, cottage cheese, & butter tubs • peanut butter jars • other similar hard plastic bottles, tubs & jugs with a recycling symbol/number Other helpful information • Tips for successful plastic recycling: o leave caps on bottles & jugs o remove any pump nozzles o rinse items clean before recycling • Other recycling options: o External mail-in recycling programs are available for some of the items on these material lists, such as programs available through TerraCycle. o Locally, participating stores accept plastic bags for recycling. • The problem with plastic: o Some plastics are designed in a way that makes them difficult to recycle. Even "recyclable" plastics have a limited number of times they can be recycled before their quality degrades & can no longer be recycled. This is different than aluminum or glass that can be recycled again & again forever. o The best solution is to reduce use of disposable plastics & to look for sustainable, reusable alternatives. Questions & Information • Call: 319-887-6110 • Email: jane-wilch@iowa-city.org • Visit: www.icgov.org/recycle