What Can Be Recycled

Goodwill / Clothing

  • Clothing, shoes, sheets, towels must be clean in plastic bags and placed in blue Goodwill trailer or container at all convenience centers.  Stained, damaged and torn clothing and old textiles and fabrics can be placed in a plastic bag and labeled “BALE” and placed in trailer or container
  • Goodwill trailer or container (Mechanicsville) : furniture in good condition, jewelry, antiques, DVDs, CDs, tapes, dishes, pans, silverware, bikes and wagons in good condition, books, working small electronics (radios, clocks, lamps, toasters, etc.), working flat screen TVs, computers, printers, flat screen monitors

Aluminum & Steel Cans

  • Aluminum soft drink and steel food cans. (No bottles/jars, aerosol cans or scrap metal)
  • Place together with plastic containers and glass bottles in co-mix bin


  • Place in antifreeze drum


  • Empty refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, hot water heaters
  • Any appliance containing refrigerant (Freon) must be placed in open waste container with care
  • Businesses must use 301 Transfer Station and pay commercial fees


  • Alkaline batteries and button batteries are safe in regular trash or recycle through call2recycle
  • Lead acid batteries can be recycled at any of our convenience centers
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Auto batteries
  • We do not accept hybrid/electric car batteries, boat batteries or e-bike batteries.  Recycle through call2recycle

Category 1 - Specified Hazardous Liquids 

(place in Category 1 waste drum)

  • Gasoline, gasoline oil additives
  • Varnish, shellac, stains, polyurethane, varsol, primers, mineral spirits, turpentine, cooking oil 


  • Corrugated cardboard only
  • No cardboard with any type of glossy finish or coating
  • Must be flattened and placed in marked container as designated

Drums & Tanks

  • Must be empty, rinsed and contain no gaseous or liquid matter
  • Both ends must be completely open


Residential Only

  • Working small electronics (radios, clocks, lamps, toasters, etc.) can be recycled at any location
  • Working computers, working flat screen TVs, Stereos, DVD/VCRs can only be recycled at the  Goodwill trailer at Mechanicsville.
  • Courthouse Convenience Center e-waste drop-off accepts working and non-working computer towers, laptops, cords/wires

Residential & Commercial  (only at 301 Transfer Station e-waste collection trailer)

  • $28 per CRT (old style) TV/monitor
  • $23 per Projection TV
  • $14 per Flat Screen TV/monitor
  • $5 per Electronic Printer
  • $70 per ton

Commercial fees will apply to businesses for other e-waste (CPUs, laptops, wires, cables, electric cords, keyboards, mouse, printers, copiers) in addition to the above charges

Fluorescent Lights

  • For residents only: compact and tube fluorescent lights may be double-bagged and placed in the trash
  • Compact fluorescent lights may be recycled at local home improvement stores
  • Tube fluorescent lights may be recycled at various commercial processors located throughout the region


  • Place leaded and unleaded gasoline in Category 1 waste drum


  • Clear, green/light blue and brown glass bottles and jars
  • No caps or bottle tops
  • Place together with plastic bottles and metal cans in co-mix containers

Large Metals

  • Appliances as previously detailed
  • Swing sets and other metal play equipment
  • Exercise equipment
  • Bikes and wagons
  • Other metal items such as metal file cabinets, shelves and like
  • No items that have previously contained flammable or hazardous materials


  • Drain fluids and place in designated container

Mixed Paper

  • Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, "junk mail", grocery bags, computer paper, cereal/dry food boxes, merchandise boxes
  • No gift wrapping paper, napkins, tissues, books , pizza boxes


  • Place in oil tank
  • Also accept automatic transmission fluid, power steering fluid, gear oil, hydraulic oil, diesel fuel,  fuel oil and kerosene
  • Place used oil filters in labeled drum


  • Not accepted for recycling
  • Must be dried to a paste and placed in trash
  • Mulch available at all locations to form paste


  • Soda, water, detergent and shampoo bottles, milk and juice containers, plastic cups and other tub containers, non-Styrofoam take out trays, plastic bottles (1-7 plastics) with lids and caps
  • Plastic/waxy coated milk/juice cartons and juice boxes
  • Plastic cups and other plastic food containers
  • No Styrofoam
  • Place together with glass bottles and metal cans in co-mix containers
  • No household hazardous waste (herbicides, pesticides) or motor oil containers
  • No plastic bags

Propane Tanks

  • Recyclable up to 20 pounds
  • Place 1 pound units in designated plastic bin


  • Residents can bring 4 tires up to 32 inches in diameter per day to any location without fee passenger vehicle tires only
  • Larger tires up to a road tractor are accepted at the Route 301 Transfer Station only for $8 per tire or $130 per ton