What you can and can’t recycle in Ellsworth



Beginning Feb. 1, Ellsworth residents will see changes to their recycling options. Here is an abbreviated list of what will and will not be accepted.

The city will no longer be accepting:

  • Glass (clear or colored). Residents can still leave bottles eligible for deposit.
  • No. 3-7 plastics. This includes some yogurt containers, salad plastic containers, plastic packaging.
  • Shredded paper or packing paper.
  • Boxboard, which includes boxes for cereal, crackers, soda cans and Kleenex.
  • Egg cartons.
  • Junk mail, including envelopes with the clear window.

The city will still be accepting:

  • Newspapers, newspaper flyers and magazines.
  • Corrugated cardboard (broken down), such as packing and shipping boxes.
  • No. 1 and 2 plastics. This includes some milk and water jugs, laundry detergent jugs, shampoo containers and dish soap containers.
  • Tin and aluminum, such as olive oil tins, soup cans, some aluminum trays and foil.
  • Paperback books with covers removed.

The first rule of recycling, says Public Works Director Lisa Sekulich, is “It needs to be clean.” This means no food, laundry or other residues. Dirty items will be rejected and thrown out. City officials have also asked residents not to leave items for swapping.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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