Recycling Guide

The Yarmouth Recycling Center accepts the following items.

Recycling Center Hours

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Mixed Paper

Junk mail, paperboard (cereal boxes and the like) brown paper bags. No shredded paper--it tangles recycling equipment.

Cardboard

Please breakdown your cardboard so that it is flat. Empty pizza boxes, even with some grease, can be recycled. What is cardboard? It is made of three separate layers of paper: an inside layer, an outside layer and fluting that runs in between.

Newspaper

Please don't put newspaper in bags, paper or plastic.

Magazines

Put magazines and catalogs in the Magazine shed or in the large container next to it marked "MAG."

Plastics

Recycle single use plastic containers that have a lid or cap. Examples: water bottles, yogurt containers, laundry detergent bottles, "clam shell" containers for lettuce, fruit, etc. Attach lids/caps. No heavy-duty rigid plastics like toys, laundry baskets, etc.

Metal / Tin cans

Metal containers should be empty.

Aluminum / Foil

Aluminum cans should be empty. Foil should be clean.

Scrap Metal

Bulky metal materials. Fees may apply.

Small Metals

Small metal items that can fit through a 4' x 4' opening.

Glass (all colors mixed together)

Bottles and jars should be empty. Remove corks and lids. No plate glass, lightbulbs, glassware, Pyrex.

Batteries

Drop off all types of batteries at the gate, even AA, AAA, etc.

Books

Hardcover and softcover books in good condition should be placed in the large white book containers.

Electronics

TVs should be taken to the scale house as fees apply. Cell phones can be dropped off at the gate. Computers should be taken to Best Buy, Staples, or Good Will. Cables should be put in the trash.

Food Waste

Food waste includes plant as well as animal food scraps such as bones, meat, shells. No plastic bags. Green biodegradable BioBags are allowed. They can be purchased online.

Mattresses

Take to the scale house. Fees apply.

Mercury

Thermostats, thermometers, etc. Bring to the gate house for safe disposal.

Propane Tanks

Take to the scale house. Fees apply

Textiles

Textiles include donation ready clothing, rags, towels, curtains, linens, and clothing that is too worn for donation. Put all in the large white donation bins such as Good Will or in bins located at the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School buildings.

Construction and Demolition Debris

Construction & Demolition debris includes concrete, lumber, roofing shingles, etc. Fees apply.

Yard Waste Grass and Leaves

Grass, leaves and small brush clippings. No branches larger than thumb width.

MA Bottle Deposit

Massachusetts is one of 10 states in the United States with container deposit legislation popularly called "bottle bills".

Don't

Top Contaminants

Plastic Bags
Bagged Recyclables
Tanglers
Styrofoam
Flower Pots
Black plastic

Paper

  • paper towels
  • tissues
  • Gift wrap

Plastic

  • styrofoam
  • plastic cutlery
  • bubblewrap
  • k cups
  • flower pots
  • Single use cups, lids and straws

Glass

  • glassware / Pyrex
  • window glass
  • lightbulbs

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