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Sanitation Recycling Guidelines

Beginning on January 1, 2020, the City of Norman's recycling contractor, Republic Services, is making changes to their acceptable items list. Glass and plastics marked #3 through #7 will no longer be accepted.

Republic is making these changes in response to major shifts in the recycling industry over the past two years. For plastics #3 through #7, there is no longer a market for the product, so there is no way to recycle it responsibly.


We can accept:

  • Aluminum:  Empty Aluminum Cans
  • Paper: Newspapers, Office Paper, Magazines, Advertising Inserts, Junk Mail and Phone Books
  • Plastics #1 and #2: Clean Milk Jugs, Beverage Containers, Detergent Jugs, Shampoo and Conditioner Bottles (Stamped #1 or #2 on the bottom.) 
  • Steel and Tin: Clean Food Cans and Lids (empty cans only)
  • Paperboard: Cereal boxes, Kleenex boxes (no wax coated paperboard)
  • Cardboard and Paper Bags (Flatten cardboard and cut into pieces)

We are not able to accept:

Garbage, Food Residue, Chemicals 

  • Aluminum: Aluminum Foil and/or Trays, Aerosol Cans or Paint Cans
  • Glass of any kind
  • Paper: Tissue, Disposable Diapers or Rags, Wrapping Paper, Food-Soiled paper (such as pizza or fast food boxes), Books
  • Plastics #3-7: Juice, yogurt, dairy, margarine tubs, prescription vials, garden pots or flats, plastic trays, cups and plates. Toxic Containers (such as motor oil), Plastic stretch wrap, Hangers
  • Plastic Bags (shopping bags,etc.)
  • Other: Styrofoam, Packing Peanuts or Tissue
  • Medical Waste
  • Household Cleaners
  • Tires

Make sure to empty and rinse all containers. 

For more recycling information please visit Recycle Norman or our recycling partner Republic Services. The following link will show a simple list of do's and don'ts for recycling: Recycling Simplified


To find your collection day, view our interactive Residential Sanitation Collection Maps and click on "Recycle Day and Week".