Acceptable Items

The following are items accepted as part of Grinnell's Recycling Program:
  • White/Colored Papers - junk mail, school papers, envelopes, gift wrap, soft-covered books and hard-covered books. (It is not necessary to remove staples or cellophane from window envelopes.)
  • Newspapers/Magazines - includes glossy inserts and phone books
  • Wax-Coated Paper Drink Containers - milk/juice containers
  • Plastics - numbers 1-7 (screw on lids should be removed)
  • Plastic Lids - numbers 1-7
  • Tins (magnetic) - cans and foil
  • Aluminums (non-magnetic) - pop cans, cat food cans and foil
  • Cardboard - corrugated, cereal/tooth paste/shoe boxes, cardboard egg cartons, brown paper bags - all must be flattened, any cardboard that doesn't fit in your bin should be placed under your bin
  • Motor Oil/Antifreeze - must be placed in original container (with lid firmly affixed) clearly marked as oil/antifreeze and placed beside your regular garbage - Do not place in red bin - Used motor oil/antifreeze may also be dropped off at the Public Service building by setting outside the recycling center door
  • Glass Bottles & Containers - remove screw on lids and drop off at Public Service Department (1411 1st Avenue). Do not place in red bin. 
  • Batteries - See Battery Recycling for list of acceptable batteries - drop off at Public Service Department or Drake Community Library - Do not place in red bin