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Recycling Guidelines for Paper and Cardboard – Washington D.C.

You can recycle your paper easily and simply through curbside pick-up programs. While the amount of paper waste the U.S. generates every year grows, the percentage of that waste that is recycled grows every year as well. Americans are increasingly taking responsibility for their own waste, recycling half of all paper products in 2006.

What Can You Recycle in D.C.?



White, Colored, and Glossy Paper

Hardcover Books

Mail and Envelopes


Wrapping Paper - no ribbon or tape

Paper Towels

Smooth Cardboard


Cereal Boxes

Paper Soiled with Food or Liquid

Paper Bags

Paper with a lot of Tape or Glue

Cardboard Egg Cartons and Trays

Plastic-Coated or Wax-Coated Paper

Newspapers, Magazines, and Catalogs

Candy Wrappers

Phone Books

Photographic Paper

Softcover Books - paperbacks and comics

Carbon Paper

Corrugated Cardboard
































Useful Tips for Recycling Paper in D.C.

  • If you receive once-a-week trash collection, place your recycling out on the same day as your regular trash. If you receive twice-a-week trash collection, the recycling should be put out on the second collection day.

  • Put out trash and recyclables after 6:30pm the evening before collection and before 6am on collection day.

  • Bring trash and recycling bins back onto your property by 8pm on collection day.

  • Place newspapers, office paper, telephone books and catalogues in paper bags or tie them into bundles with string.

  • Place bundled paper items either on top of the bin or next to it.

  • Flatten corrugated cardboard and place in brown paper bags or tie with string.

  • Verizon Super Pages - use the search term "waste paper"

  • Earth 911

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