General Recycling Information

From the City of Newton’s Recycle at the Curb Webpage:

What can you put in your Green Carts?

Paper & Cardboard 

  • White & colored paper (staples, paper clips, spirals OK)
  • Cardboard (flatten & fold boxes)
  • Paperboard (paper towel rolls, cereal, tissue boxes)
  • Phone books & junk mail
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Newspapers & inserts
  • Paper bags
  • Pizza boxes (empty, minor oil stains OK)
  • Books (rip off hard covers)


  • Aluminum cans, trays & foil
  • Stiff plastic containers such as bottles, jugs, and tubs
  • Glass bottles & jars

Don’t put the following in your green cart (Please go here to learn how to properly and environmentally dispose of these items)

  • Plastic Bags, Plastic films, or plastic wraps
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Bulky plastics (chairs, toys, buckets, storage containers)
  • Flower pots & garden plastics
  • Food or beverage cartons
  • Black plastic (i.e. take out trays)
  • Small plastic bottles
  • Dishes, ceramics & pyrex
  • Clothing, bedding & other textiles – Ripped and stained
  • Paper coffee cup
  • Shredded Paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, tissues
  • Light bulbs
  • Metal pots, pans, hangers, other scrap metals