Don't Just Recycle... Recycle Right!
​It’s important to put materials in your recycling cart that belong there, and to reduce the contamination of clean recycling materials by separating those with organic material on them. 


Jacksonville residents can now recycle more items than ever, and there’s no need to pre-sort or remove labels from bottles and cans. Recycle clean bottles, cans, paper and cardboard. The schedule and standards for recycling depend on your service area. Set out recycling no later than 6 a.m. on collection day and no earlier than 5 p.m. the day prior. (Ord. Sec. 382.415).


Keep food and liquid out of your recycling. FYI: Recyclables don’t have to be dishwasher clean. Empty it out, give it a rinse, shake off the water so other items won’t get wet, and throw it in your bin!


No loose plastic bags and no bagged recyclables.


If you’re not sure if an item is recyclable, it’s better to just throw it in your household garbage can. Including non-recyclable or dirty items in your recycling cart can result in damage to the recycling equipment or contamination thereby causing thousands of pounds of materials to be landfilled rather than recycled.

Recycling do's and don't with example trashcans


YES PLEASE: Place these items in your recycling cart.

Single-family residents can recycle all of these items curbside in their yellow-lid recycle cart:

paper iconPAPER
  • Mail, office and school paper
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs and phone books
  • Paperback books
  • Brown paper bags
  • Fiberboard boxes (cracker/cereal)
  • Corrugated cardboard (must be flat and cut 2’ by 3’ or smaller)
metal iconMETAL
  • Steel food containers
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum baking pans
  • Plastics numbered 1-3, 5 or 7
  • Detergent bottles
  • Cleaning solution bottles
  • Plastic food and beverage containers
plastic iconCARTONS
  • Milk and creamer containers
  • Juice boxes
  • Soup and broth containers
  • Green, brown or clear bottles and jars (discard lids with garbage)
Remember, just because an item might contain a recyclable material does not mean it can be recycled! When in doubt, throw it out.
  •  All containers should be rinsed and cleaned and dry before tossing in your yellow-lid recycle cart.
  •  glass iconPaper and cardboard must be clean and dry.
  •  Food waste from inside a container may leak out and contaminate clean paper.
  •  Any recyclable product contaminated with food cannot be recycled.

Recycling is automated and collected every other week in all service areas. ​

  • ​Place items in city-issued recycling carts – the cart with a yellow lid. 
  • Place carts at least two (2) feet apart and three (3) feet away from obstructions. 
  • Lids must be fully closed.
  • Carts must face with wheels away from the road. 
  • Save excess waste for the next recycle collection.

To confirm your schedule, click here or call 630-CITY (2489). 

To request collection service or report a problem with collection, please call (904) 630-CITY (2489) or visit the MyJax online customer service website at

NO THANKS: Keep these items out!

These items are NOT accepted for recycling.
  • Any #4 Plastics (LDPE) - Includes items such as cling (Saran) wrap, sandwich bags, plastic garbage or grocery bags
  • Any #6 Plastics (Polystyrene) - Includes items such as all types of Styrofoam, packing peanuts, plastic cutlery, hangers, and medicine bottles
  • Aerosol cans
  • ​Shredded paper
  • Weapons
  • Batteries
  • Fireworks or flares
  • Needles
  • Cables or wires
  • Rubber
  • Food or yard waste
Please be aware that is unlawful to place hazardous waste of any kind in the residential collection waste streams.  Municipal Code Section 380.209.

Battery Recycling and Disposal

Confused about all the types and sizes of batteries? Check out the Homeowner's Guide to Battery Recycling and Disposal to learn more about how to properly dispose of various batteries commonly used around the home.

Recycling Tips

Please only recycle items listed in the City of Jacksonville's list above. The guidelines on this page are specific to our community's recycling program and may differ from those found on external websites.