How it Works: 

TerraCycle is on a mission to eliminate the idea of waste - by creating waste collection programs (each one is called a "Brigade") for previously non-recyclable, or difficult-to-recycle, waste. The collected waste is then converted into new products, ranging from recycled park benches to upcycled backpacks. So how does this help earn cash for our local schools? For each piece of qualified waste sent to TerraCycle, your organization's account is credited with 2 points. TerraCycle Points can then be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, or a cash payment of $0.01 per point to your non-profit organization or school. So start participating in the Brigades listed below today! All proceeds from TerraCycle will help pay for fuel costs for field trips for Washington Community Schools.

Collection locations: Washington Recycling Center & Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

  Colgate Oral Care Brigade Cigarette Waste Brigade
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  Solo Cup Brigade Personal Care and Beauty Brigade
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Recycling Tips

Please rinse ALL food, beverage and laundry containers. 

Remove ALL lids and caps

Plastic Lids and caps (NO attached metal or debris) can be recycled at the Washington Recycling Center


PETE or PET plastic - look for the #1 code on the bottom of the container.

HDPE plastic - look for the #2 code on the bottom of the container.

You don't need to remove labels.

REMOVE caps and lids, place in designated bins (where available)



Aluminum beverage cans

NO aluminum foil


Food cans, soup cans

Remove opened lids

You don't need to remove labels

(A magnet will stick to a steel can)  



Office paper, white copy paper, junk mail, post-it notes, envelopes, envelopes with plastic windows.

Please bag up shredded paper

NO slick or shiny paper

NO construction paper



Newspapers, slick or shiny advertising inserts



Corrugated boxes, paperboard boxes (such as cereal boxes), card stock, paper towel tubes, manila envelopes, cardboard packaging.

NO metal or plastic pieces 


Other  Contact individual facilities for instructions on recycling the following: magazines, catalogs, phone books, hard back & paperback books, cell phones, batteries.