Recycling Reminder: No Plastic
Bags, No Dirty Containers

Many items can be recycled by depositing them in Rockville’s single-stream recycling bins.

But, there are items that cannot be accepted for recycling, including plastic bags and materials bundled into plastic bags, garden hoses, yard debris, food waste and food-contaminated materials, and medical waste. Such items contaminate recyclable material, could damage processing equipment, and pose safety hazards to workers sorting recyclables.

Be sure to rinse food and beverage containers before placing them in the recycling cart. Materials that cannot be recycled should be placed in refuse bins. As an alternative, some stores offer plastic bag collection bins near their entrances. Find locations that accept bags for recycling at

Learn more about the city’s recycling and refuse program at