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What can I Recycle?

Wauwatosa has a single-sort recycling system. This means that you can put all of your recyclables in one bin.
Post Date:02/18/2019 9:00 AM

Across the U.S., the average municipality recycles almost 35% of its total solid waste. This is certainly an improvement from 1990 when it was 16%, and a gigantic leap from 1960 when it was just over 6%. In the past several years, the City of Wauwatosa’s diversion rate has stayed right around the national average, and we know we can do better, but we need your help to get there.

Wauwatosa has a single-sort recycling system. This means that you can put all of your recyclables in one bin. We'll sort it from there. See your recycling schedule.

Help us by recycling this items:

  • Cans (aluminum and steel cans)
  • Cartons (food and beverage cartons)
  • Glass (bottles and jars)
  • Paper (magazines, mail, flattened cardboard, and paper tubes)
  • Plastic (kitchen, laundry, bath bottles and containers)

Please empty and rinse items first.




These items cannot be recycled in the curbside program:

  • Appliances
  • Bagged Recyclables
  • Batteries
  • Car Parts (Brake Rotors, etc.)
  • Ceramics
  • Chains
  • Christmas Trees or Lights
  • Clothing
  • Construction Debris
  • Cords
  • Cups (Paper or Styrofoam)
  • Diapers
  • Drinking Glasses or Mugs
  • Food
  • Garbage
  • Garden Pots or Trays
  • Hangers
  • Hard Cover Books
  • Helium Cylinders or Tanks
  • Hoses
  • Liquids
  • Light Bulbs
  • Loose Caps and Lids
  • Medical Waste & Medication
  • Motor Oil Bottles
  • Needles, Sharps, Syringes
  • Paint or Paint Cans
  • Paper Ice Cream Containers
  • Paper Plates or Cups
  • Plastic Bags, Wrap, Film
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Propane Cylinders or Tanks
  • Scrap Metal
  • Styrofoam
  • Take Out Packaging or Containers
  • Tires
  • Tissue Paper
  • Toys
  • Window Glass or Mirrors
  • Wires
  • Wood
  • Yard Waste or Compost
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