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Bottle caps

Disposal options

  • Bottle caps that can be attached back on the bottle (after it has been emptied and rinsed) should be put back on the bottle before recycling.
  • Beer bottle caps, or any bottle caps made of metal, can be collected and placed in the scrap metal section at any CSWD Drop-Off Centers except the Burlington and Hinesburg locations.
  • Any other bottle cap without a bottle that is not made of metal should be thrown in the trash.


But what about the 2″ rule?

Items that are not at least 2″ in at least two different directions can fall through the machinery in our Materials Recovery Facility, landing in the crushed glass aggregate and sometimes damaging the works.

That’s why caps not attached to bottles should be thrown in the trash. However, caps that are firmly attached back onto the bottle can successfully make it through the machinery at the facility.

Metal lids

Caps under 2″ that are made of metal, like beer bottle caps, should be collected separately from your blue-bin recyclables and placed with scrap metal instead.



Plastic containers & packaging

Disposal options

  • Put single-use rigid plastic containers and packaging in your recycling bin. This includes most containers and packaging such as bottles, jugs, yogurt containers, dairy tubs, and clear plastic hinged takeout containers. Large lids (like those on yogurt and margarine tubs) are also OK to put in the blue bin.
  • Accepted at all CSWD Drop-Off Centers except Burlington and by all haulers offering curbside recycling in Chittenden County.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

  • Minimum size: 2” on any 2 dimensions (i.e. 2″ tall AND 2″ wide)
  • Maximum size: 24″ (2 feet) in any dimension
  • Plastic motor oil and transmission fluid bottles are NOT accepted for recycling; place in regular trash
  • Styrofoam, plastic toys, and plastic bags are NOT accepted
  • Black plastic is not accepted