Non-Recyclable Materials

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What items cannot be recycled?

Please note - soiled cardboard such as that from pizza boxes or frozen food boxes with wax coating should NOT be included with recycling - please place soiled cardboard and wax lined boxes in regular trash. 

The following items CANNOT  be collected as recycling:

  • Paper towels, napkins, tissues
  • Bound books or reports
  • Beverage glasses or tempered glass (i.e. window glass), automotive glass
  • Cellophane, shrink wrap, or packing materials (peanuts,and bubble wrap)
  • Foil and foil disposable foil baking pans
  • Any containers that held hazardous materials (i.e. motor oil, paints, thinners, or household chemicals)
  • Pizza boxes or other cardboard food containers with attached food or grease spots
  • Wax-lined milk or juice cartons, frozen food boxes with a waxy interior

Please do not mix the above items in with your recyclable materials - include non-hazardous waste in with your regular trash and dispose of household hazardous waste at an approved collection event (Loudoun County will be posting the 2015 HHW collection schedule here soon). If you have any questions about what items are acceptable for recycling collection you may also call the Department of Public Works at 703-771-2790 or email trash@leesburgva.gov for more information.