Recycle Guide

What Can I Recycle?

First Star Recycling’s comprehensive recycle guide answers HOW to recycle and WHAT to recycle. Check out our A-Z recycling guide to find out what items to trash and which items we treasure.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Aerosol Can

Aerosol cans may be recycled by placing them in your curbside recycling, or by taking them to one of our drop off sites. Please make sure they are completely empty before recycling!

Aluminium Cans

Aluminum cans may be recycled by placing them in your curbside recycling, or by taking them to one of our drop off sites.

Aluminum Foil

Recyclable

Aluminum Pop Cans

Aluminum pop and soda cans may be recycled by placing them in your curbside recycling, or by taking them to one of our drop off sites.

Aluminum Bottles

Aluminum bottles, such as aluminum beer bottles, may be recycled by placing them in your curbside recycling, or by taking them to one of our drop off sites.

Appliances

First Star Recycling does not recycle appliances. For your nearest appliance recycling center please check the Nebraska Recycling Council’s Recycle Guide

B

Books

Paperback books may be recycled in your curbside recycling, or may be taken to one of our drop off sites.  Hardcover books may also be recycled but please make sure to tear the hardcover off first.

C

Cake Mix Liners

Cake mix liners are made out of plastics that are not easily recycled by traditional means. However, they can be placed in the bright orange Hefty® EnergyBag™, and converted into energy to produce cement, rather than ending up in a landfill. For more information on the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program please click here

Candy Wrappers

Candy wrappers are made out of plastics that are not easily recycled by traditional means. However, they can be placed in the bright orange Hefty® EnergyBag™, and converted into energy to produce cement, rather than ending up in a landfill. For more information on the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program please click here

Cat Litter Bucket

Cat litter buckets may be recycled by placing them in your curbside recycling, or by taking them to one of our drop off sites.

Catalogs

Catalogs may be recycled by placing them in your curbside recycling, or by taking them to one of our drop off sites

Cereal Pouches

Cereal pouches are made out of plastics that are not easily recycled by traditional means. However, they can be placed in the bright orange Hefty® EnergyBag™, and converted into energy to produce cement, rather than ending up in a landfill. For more information on the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program please click here

Cleaning Bottles

Cleaning bottles may be recycled by placing them in your curbside recycling, or by taking them to one of our drop off sites.  Please make sure they are empty and have been rinsed out to avoid contamination.

Clothing

First Star Recycling does not recycle clothing or textiles.  Please donate any reusable clothing to your local charity or thrift store where it can be put to good use.

Colored Paper

Colored paper may be recycled by placing it in your curbside recycling, or by taking it to one of our drop off sites.

Condiment Packets

Condiment packets are made out of plastics that are not easily recycled by traditional means. However, they can be placed in the bright orange Hefty® EnergyBag™, and converted into energy to produce cement, rather than ending up in a landfill. For more information on the Hefty® EnergyBag™ program please click here. Please make sure condiment packets are empty before placing in your EnergyBag™

Construction Materials

First Star Recycling does not recycle construction materials. For your nearest construction material recycling center please check the Nebraska Recycling Council’s Recycle Guide

Containers that held Hazardous Materials

First Star Recycling does not recycle containers that have held Hazardous Materials.  This type of containers should be disposed of carefully and properly. Read the label to see how your particular product should be disposed, and contact the appropriate people who are able to take it. For your nearest Household Hazardous Waste center please check the Nebraska Recycling Council’s Recycle Guide

D

Diapers

Diapers are not recyclable and should be disposed of in your regular trash

Disposable Razors

Hefty EnergyBag

Without the blades

E

Electronics

Not Recyclable

Envelopes

Recyclable

Envelopes with Plastic Windows

Recyclable

F

Fabric

Not Recyclable

Foam "To-Go" Boxes

Hefty EnergyBag

Foam Cups

Hefty EnergyBag

Folders (Paper/Card)

Recyclable

Food

Not Recyclable

Frozen Fruit Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

Frozen Potato Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

Frozen Vegetable Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

G

Glass Bottles

Drop Off Only

Glass Jars

Drop Off Only

H

Hardcover Books

Recyclable

Covers should be torn off

Hotdog Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

I

Inserts

Recyclable

J

Juice Pouches

Hefty EnergyBag

L

Laundry Pouches

Hefty EnergyBag

M

Magazines

Recyclable

Mail

Recyclable

Microwavable Pouches

Hefty EnergyBag

Mirrors

Not Recyclable

Motor Oil Containers

Not Recyclable

Mouthwash Bottles

Recyclable

N

Napkins

Not Recyclable

Newspapers with Ads

Recyclable

No bags

Non-recyclable Plastic Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

O

Office Paper

Recyclable

Oil-Contaminated Paper

Not Recyclable

P

Packing Peanuts

Hefty EnergyBag

Paint Can

Recyclable

Must be empty

Paper Bags

Recyclable

Paper Egg Cartons

Recyclable

Paper Plates

Not Recyclable

Paper Towel Tubes

Recyclable

Paper Towels

Not Recyclable

Paperback Books

Recyclable

Phone Books

Recyclable

Pill and Medicine Bottles

Recyclable

Please place inside larger recyclable bottles

Plastic Bottle Lids

Recyclable

Screwed onto bottles

Plastic Bottles

Recyclable

Plastic Bread Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Cereal Box Liners

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Cheese Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Containers

Recyclable

Plastic Cups

Recyclable

Plastic Deli Meat Packaging

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Food Containers

Recyclable

Plastic Liners from Powdered Mixes

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Meat Packaging

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Meat Trays

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Pet Food Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Shopping Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

Preferably return to supermarket for recycling

Plastic Silverware

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Straws and Stirrers

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Toys

Not Recyclable

Plastic Tupperware

Recyclable

Plastic Utensils

Hefty EnergyBag

Plastic Wrap

Hefty EnergyBag

Potato Chip Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

Pudding Cups

Hefty EnergyBag

R

Rubber

Not Recyclable

S

Salad Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

Shampoo Bottles

Recyclable

Sheet Glass

Not Recyclable

Shredded Paper

Recyclable

Single-Serve Coffee Pods

Hefty EnergyBag

Snack Bags

Hefty EnergyBag

Soda Cans

Recyclable

Soap Dispenser

Recyclable

Oil-Contaminated Paper

Recyclable

Soup Cans

Recyclable

Spray Bottle

Recyclable

Squeezable Pouches

Hefty EnergyBag

Stand-up Pouches

Hefty EnergyBag

Steel Cans

Recyclable

Steel Soup Cans

Recyclable

Sticky Notes

Recyclable

Styrofoam

Hefty EnergyBag

T

Tin Cans

Recyclable

Tires

Not Recyclable

Tissue Boxes

Recyclable

Tissue Paper

Not Recyclable

To-Go Bag

Recyclable

Toilet Paper Tubes

Recyclable

Toiletry Bottles

Recyclable

Toothpaste Tubes

Hefty EnergyBag

W

Wax Paper

Not Recyclable

Wet Paper

Not Recyclable

White Paper

Recyclable

Windows

Not Recyclable

Wrapping Paper

Recyclable