Automated Curbside Recycling

Recycle Smart No Plastic Bags in the CartAccepted Items

Cardboard / Paperboard

  • Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Boxboard and paper cartons (cereal and other dry food boxes, paper bags, paper egg cartons)
  • Remove all packing materials

Paper Food Containers

  • Frozen food boxes, cereal, paperboard containers
  • Juice and broth boxes
  • Milk and ice cream containers
  • Paper egg cartons


  • Clean, dry newspaper (do not bundle)
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Office paper
  • Paperback books
  • Phone books
  • No shredded paper! Shredded paper may be taken to the Bowling Green Recycling Center's 24-hour drop off, but should not be recycled in your curbside bins

Mixed Plastics (Numbers 1, 2, 4, 5 & 7)

  • Look on bottom of containers for a number inside the recycling arrows
  • Caps on! Empty, flatten and put lids back on
  • Plastic Bottles and Jars
    • Examples:
      • Milk jugs
      • Detergent and shampoo bottles
      • Plastic pop/water bottles
      • Plastic jars
  • Plastic Containers with Lids
    • Examples: Yogurt Containers, Butter Tubs, Cottage Cheese Containers
  • None of the following types of plastic:
    • Bulky plastics (crates, buckets, pipes, etc.)
    • Deli containers
    • Plastic "thermoform" packaging
    • Plastic bags
    • Plastic toys
    • Styrofoam
    • Takeout / "To Go" containers


  • Bottles and jars only! (all colors)
  • No window glass, ceramics, dishes, or mirrors

Aluminum & Steel

  • Aluminum beverage cans
  • Steel cans
  • Please rinse and flatten to save space
  • No aluminum foil/trays or scrap metal; these items may be recycled at the Bowling Green Recycling Center's 24-hour drop off location

Visual Guide to acceptable materials for recycling and recycling procedures