Recycling Guidelines

  • Put all recyclable items (glass, plastic, metal, paper) together in the recycling bin or automated cart provided by Welsh Sanitation. Please do not use plastic bags. (Note: Ewaste does NOT go in bins -- it must be dropped off at either of our NYC DEC Transfer Stations.

  • All materials must be empty of food residue. Rinsing is helpful. Removing labels from cans is not required. Glass should not be broken. No caps or lids, please.

  • Put your recyclables curbside along with your garbage the night before your collection. Welsh Sanitation also accepts newspaper, cardboard, cans, glass, aluminum  and plastics at either of our Recycling Centers. 

  • Click here for a handy, detailed, printable version of recyclable items and guidelines.


  • Juice, Soda

  • Wine, Beer

  • Food Jars

  • Canning Jars

  • No caps/lids


  • Milk, Dairy, Jugs

  • Soda, Juice, Water

  • Liquid Dishwashing

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Shampoo, Bleach


  • Tin Food Cans

  • Aluminum Cans

  • Pet Food Cans

  • Food Trays

  • Coat Hangers


  • Newspapers/Mags

  • Junk Mail

  • Phone Books

  • Dry Food Boxes

  • Flat Cardboard


  • TVs, Receivers, Consoles

  • Computers, Keyboards

  • Fax, Printers, Scanners

  • VCR/DVR/DVD Players

  • Cell Phones

Click these links for more information about acceptable Paper and Ewaste recyclables.

Do NOT place these items in the recycling bin:

  • ​Aerosol Cans

  • Broken Glass

  • Ceramics

  • Dishes

  • Disposable Diapers

  • Fish Bowls​

  • Flower Pots

  • Foam Plastics

  • Fuel Tanks

  • Gas Cans

  • Headlights​

  • Light Bulbs

  • Mirrors

  • Paint Cans

  • Plastic "Grocery" Bags

  • Plas​tic Toys

  • Pyrex

  • Scrap Metal

  • Yard Waste

...Or any product containers marked: Warning, Hazardous, Flammable, Poisonous, Corrosive, etc.

   The Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency collects household hazardous waste on designated                      

   Saturdays several times each year. Please contact DCWE at 845-463-6020 or visit for a

   detailed list of acceptable items, upcoming collection dates and mandatory pre-registration information.

...About Yard Waste: Please consult your town for available methods of disposal.   

   The Dutchess County Waste-to-Energy Power Plant will not accept yard waste due to its lack of combustibility.             They recommend that yard waste be composted. Composting is an environmentally acceptable method of                   disposing of yard waste and the end product is an excellent source of plant bedding. Visit your local gardening             retailer for composting bins and tools.

Is Your Recycling "Clean"?

It Matters!

If you are careful to include only acceptable items in your Welsh Sanitation cart, then your recycling is "clean." Clean recycling passes straight through the recycling process to its "second life." Excellent!

But, including unacceptable items in the mix (even by mistake!) makes your recycling "dirty." Dirty recycling has to be filtered by hand at the recycling plant. And, if it's "dirty" enough, it will be rejected...then sent to the landfill you intended for it to avoid. Ugh!

So, please, take a moment to ensure the recycling you leave curbside is "clean." It's the only way to ensure your environmentally responsible goal is achieved!

Braving the Ups and Downs of the Recyclables Market -- It's Worth It!

Q: What do recyclables and pork bellies have in common?

A:  They’re both traded globally on the commodities exchange.

That’s right. After your local trash service carts your recyclables away to be processed through a recycling plant, they land (figuratively speaking) on the floor of the commodities exchange to be traded, just like pork bellies (and oil, cotton and corn).

Like all commodities, the market value of recycled trash rises and falls based on supply and demand, which fluctuates...

Click these links for top-to-bottom eco tips for home and office to help protect the environment, conserve resources, recycle waste...and save money!

Years ago most garbage was biodegradable and routinely buried in the ground to decompose. Today, the mix of modern materials is complex and more challenging to handle -- requiring that garbage be separated, treated, burned and recycled as much as possible. Welsh Sanitation is committed to doing our part to improve sustainability. The task is difficult and expensive, but we believe a small price to pay for the conservation of our beautiful lands and the protection of our planet. Thank you for doing your part!

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