According to the EPA, the average American produces over 4 pounds of garbage per day, 60% to 80% of which can be recycled. With the rising cost of disposal and an increasing concern for the environment, recycling has become a part of everyday life for most of us. Paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and plastics are all items that can be removed from the waste stream.

Pinard Waste Systems offers a comprehensive, user-friendly recycling program for homeowners. If you are a Pinard Waste Systems subscription customer, and would like information about how you can recycle, please contact customer service or call toll free (800) 675-7933.  If you are already currently participating in our recycling program, download our convenient calendar highlighting the weekly alternating schedule and holidays.

Paper Recycling

Recyclable paper makes up 35% – 40% of the average American’s household trash. By participating in Pinard Waste Systems’ comprehensive paper recycling program, you can dramatically reduce the amount of material your family places into the landfill each week. For your convenience, we’ve listed acceptable and unacceptable materials below.


  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Mixed and/or shredded office paper
  • Copy paper
  • Phone books
  • Drawing paper
  • Note pads
  • Boxboard: cereal boxes, etc. (free of plastic & wax lining)
  • Junk mail (plastic window okay)

* All items in this list may be commingled within your paper recycling bin


  • Plastic coated papers
  • Plastics
  • Paper plates, cups, or napkins
  • Carbon paper
  • Foil paper
  • Waxed corrugated paper
  • Tissue

Non-Paper Recycling

Pinard Waste Systems’ simple 2-sort recycling program for homeowners allows you to place all of your non paper recyclables in one bin. Acceptable and unacceptable items are listed below:


  • Aluminum, steel, and tin cans
  • Glass from food & beverage containers, all colors acceptable
  • Plastic containers marked for recycling on the bottom (see “Recycling Plastics” below for details)
  • Opaque jugs (milk, cider, water, etc.)

* All items in this list may be commingled within your non-paper recycling bin


  • Ceramics
  • Light bulbs
  • Plate glass
  • Foam products
  • Container lids must be removed & discarded

Preparing Your Recyclables for Collection

  • Bins used for recyclables may not exceed 30 gallons in capacity or 50 lbs in weight.
    Pinard offers a vast assortment of recycling receptacles, which can be purchased at a discount, and delivered for no additional charge. Please call for details!
  • All recyclables should be rinsed free of residue. Labels are acceptable and may remain on all containers.
  • The crushing of milk jugs and cans is desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Glass should be unbroken.
  • Corrugated cardboard should be flattened and stacked, not to exceed 2’ x 2’ x 2’.
  • Do not bundle paper recyclables. Please place loosely stacked in paper bags (no plastic) or in a rigid recycling bin (details above).

Recycling Plastics: What do the numbers mean?

On the bottom of all recyclable plastics you can find a recycling symbol surrounding a number ranging from 1 – 7, which identifies the type of plastic the item is made from. Numbers 1 and 2 are the most easily recycled, and are accepted by all communities, while fewer programs accept the more difficult to recycle numbers 3 – 7. If there is no symbol on the item, it is not recyclable. Because recycling programs vary from community to community, it is important to check with your town or city to ensure you are recycling properly. Below is a basic list of the types of plastics and examples of their common uses.  Again, not all of these items are currently accepted by recycling programs; please contact us if you have any questions about the recyclability of any particular item.

PET: Plastic bottles for soft drinks, water, juice, mouthwash, salad dressing. Food jars for peanut better, jelly, pickles. Ovenable film and microwaveable food containers.

HDPE: Bottles for milk, water, juice, cosmetics, shampoo, household cleaners. Cereal box liners.

PVC: Rigid packaging including blister packs and clamshells. Flexible packaging includes bags for bedding, shrink wrap, and deli/meat wrap.

LDPE: Bags for dry cleaning, newspapers, bread, fresh produce. Shrink wrap and stretch film. Squeezable bottles such as honey or mustard.

PP: Containers for yogurt, margarine, and takeout meals. Medicine bottles.

PS: Plastic food service items such as plates, cups, cutlery, meat and poultry trays. Protective foam packaging for furniture and electronics. Packaging peanuts. CD cases and aspirin bottles.

Other: Three- and five-gallon reusable water bottles, some citrus juice containers and catsup bottles.