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Recyclable Items
Preparation of Recyclable Materials
The material we sell to processors must conform to very specific guidelines and be free from contamination.  Since you are providing the raw material for a manufacturing process, please help the City keep the cost of recycling down by using the following guidelines to separate your recyclable materials. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in the rejection of entire loads.

Newspaper
- We accept the newspaper and all its supplements, mixed paper - to include copy paper, phone books, magazines, catalogues, and miscellaneous other paper material. However, the plastic wrapping on some magazines is not recyclable so please dispose of it in your regular trash. Paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes and tissue boxes) is considered a contaminate and cannot be processed with the newspaper.

Glass
- We accept clean glass bottles and jars. Please rinse jars and remove lids and all Styrofoam type labels.

Aluminum
- We accept aluminum beverage cans, aluminum pans, and foil.

Tin and Steel Cans
- We accept tin and steel cans (i.e. vegetable cans, dog & cat food cans, etc.)  If a magnet sticks to it, it needs to be separated from the Aluminum cans.

Cardboard
- The City accepts corrugated cardboard boxes only - broken down flat. If you have a large quantity of cardboard, please contact the Recycling Coordinator at the City Service Center and make an appointment to drop it off.  Please note: a pizza box is considered a contaminated item. Check out the pizza box recycling mystery by clicking here.

Plastic - The City accepts Type 1 and Type 2 plastic only.  Please read Plastic Recycling for more information.


Drop-off Station: As part of the City’s recycling program, a drop-off station has been provided for those who are not able to participate in the City’s curbside pick-up program. There are twelve dumpsters at the drop-off station, each one labeled for the item to be collected. In addition, each dumpster has a sign stating which materials are acceptable and which ones are not. The drop-off station is located in the Industrial Park next to the RV Dump by the City Service Center, 110 West Progress Circle, and is open 24/7.

A list of additional recycling resources for Cortez and the surrounding area can be viewed by clicking here.