Residential Recycling Program Information

Recycling Truck

Co-mingled Residential Recycling


The residents of Newport News have the convenience of mixing their recyclables (plastic, paper, glass, etc.) in their authorized recycling container.

What We Can Collect

  • Cans - beverage and food cans (emptied and rinsed)
  • Bottles, Jugs and Jars - plastic and glass, including lids (emptied and rinsed)
  • Tubs – plastic yogurt, butter, cottage cheese, ice cream (emptied and rinsed)
  • Paperboard items - pantry item boxes (i.e. cereal and cracker boxes), file folders
  • Cardboard - flatten boxes; No larger than 3' x 3'
  • Paper - office paper, paper bags, magazines, newspaper and inserts, telephone books, junk mail, shredded paper (latter only if tied in clear plastic bag)
  • Foil pans – pie, take-out (rinsed)
  • Cartons – milk, juice, soup, broth, wine, etc. (empty, rinse and recap – do not flatten). Cartons must retain their three dimensional shape to be sorted at the plant.

What We Cannot Collect


  • No plastic bags (find plastic bag recycling locations)
  • No plastics other than containers listed above (i.e. No toys, etc.)
  • No Styrofoam packaging or "peanuts" (UPS Store and Parcel Plus will take them, other shipping/packaging stores may also)
  • No household paper such as tissues, paper towels and plates
  • No yard waste
  • No clothing or shoes
  • No clothes hangers (neither plastic nor wire)
  • No fabric, leather, vinyl or carpeting
  • No electronics (view more information about recycling electronics)
  • No food waste
  • No window pane glass, ceramics, vases and other glassware
  • No scrap metal, such as aluminum siding, pipe, etc.
  • No empty oil containers
  • No air filters
  • No diapers