Recycling at Home is Free and Easy


If you are a Dayton waste collection customer, recycling is as easy as tossing cardboard, plastic bottles or other recyclables in a recycling bin instead of a trash can. Call 937-333-4800 to request a free City of Dayton recycling bin today. Already a Dayton recycling customer? Look up your recycling pick-up dates here.

What can be recycled?

Flier showing acceptable items for recycling

  • Glass bottles & jars (all colors)
  • Metal cans: Aluminum cans, steel cans and lids, empty aerosol cans with lids and tips removed (you can leave on paper labels)
  • Plastic bottles (empty, crush, remove caps/lids): Containers with a small mouth and wider base, such as milk jugs and soda, laundry detergent, water, shampoo and contact solution bottles (you can leave on paper labels)
  • Paper: newspaper, magazines, cardboard, mixed office paper and envelopes, paperboard (cereal boxes), pizza boxes free of food debris and grease, telephone books, and catalogs
  • Cartons: food and beverage cartons, such as milk, juice, soup, wine, broth and other cartons

What can't be recycled?

  • Plastic bags or plastic wrap (don't put recyclables in plastic bags)
  • Food or liquids (empty all containers!)
  • Styrofoam (carryout, packaging materials)
  • Cords, hoses, or chains
  • Wood, furniture, metal, medical sharps or needles, plastic toys

Even if an item has a recyclable icon, if it's not in the acceptable list above we may be unable to take it! For questions, contact customer service at 937-333-4800.

What about computers, electronics, paint, oil...? The Montgomery County Solid Waste District accepts household recyclables, paint, batteries, motor oil, fluorescent lights, electronics, computers and tires from personally owned vehicles. For more information call 937-225-4999.

Don't let the Oops pile up - recycle right

You can help make Dayton's recycling program more efficient and cost-effective by including only recyclable materials in your recycling bin. Unfortunately, many residents are not giving close attention to this important practice.

Starting in October 2020, City crews will put reminders ('OOPS’ stickers) on recycling bins with contaminants inside.

  • 1st OOPS: A contaminated bin will be emptied by a waste truck; the customer will receive recycling education information. 
  • 2nd OOPS: A contaminated bin will be emptied by a waste truck; the customer will receive a reminder postcard. 
  • 3rd OOPS: The recycling bin will be removed and recycling service suspended for one year; the customer may then request reinstatement.

Thank you for helping Dayton recycle right!

Recycle Rules