Accepted Recyclables


Plastic Containers

  • Number 1, 2, & 5 plastic containers only (must be labeled with a proper number)
  • Yogurt cups, ketchup, mustard bottles; takeout containers (except Styrofoam)
  • Tubs, bottles, jugs, detergent containers, and emptied paint cans

Other Recyclable Plastics

  • Corrugated plastic political and yard signs

Unaccepted Recyclables 

Plastic bags and films are not recyclable. Bags are great for collecting your recycling, but when it comes time to put them into your blue cart, pour your recycling loosely into your cart and then throw the plastic bag away. 

Other Unacceptable Items:

  • Number 3, 4, 6, or 7 Plastics 
  • Plastic Wrap 
  • Ceramics or Dishware

Bagged Recycling

Unaccepted Recyclables 

  • Styrofoam
  • Packing Peanuts or Bubble Wrap
  • Windows or Mirrors
  • Medical Waste (see the Household Hazardous Waste Facility webpage re: sharps disposal)
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Photographs
  • Loose Shredded Paper

Paper, Office Paper & Cardboard

  • Newspaper and shiny inserts, magazines, phone books, office paper
  • Shredded paper is ok, but it must be in a sealed, clear plastic bag!
  • Hardcover and paperback books
  • Soda boxes, tissue boxes, paper plates, paper towel rolls
  • Cereal, cracker, and snack boxes (but not the plastic inserts)
  • Toothpaste, soap, and detergent boxes
  • Mail, receipts, and envelopes, including those with windows
  • Cards and gift wrap (but no tissue paper, foil paper, or glitter)
  • Corrugated cardboard (cut into pieces to fit in cart)
  • Paperboard political and yard signs
Paper Products

Unaccepted Recyclables

Other unaccepted recyclables include common household paper products such as paper plates and towels.

Paper plates, ice cream cartons, and hot coffee cups often contain a wax film so that the liquid does not soil the paper. This makes them not recyclable.

Items like paper towels, napkins, and tissues are not recycled because their fibers are too small to be remade into another product. Often, recycled paper is used to make these products but unfortunately, the goodness stops there.  

Other Accepted Recyclables 

Cartons‐Food & Beverage

  • Milk cartons (dairy, soy, almond)
  • Juice, soup, broth, and wine cartons

Aluminum, Tin & Steel

  • Aluminum, tin, and steel cans
  • Empty aerosol cans, empty paint cans, and lids (no hardened paint)
  • Aluminum foil, plates and containers
  • Christmas lights, extension cords and electrical wire
  • Pots and pans

Glass Jars & Bottles

Jars and bottles of any color

Additional Information

Check out this cheat sheet for accepted recyclables. You can also find information and recycling options at the La Crosse County landfill, as well as at two local Winona recyclers: Matejka Recycling 507-452-8242 and Miller Scrap Iron and Metal Company 507-452-2067.