Curbside Recycling

Recycling is not difficult - it can be a natural part of your family's lifestyle. Studies show that it takes less than three (3) minutes a day for a household to recycle glass, cans and newspapers!

Fenton makes it easy for residents to recycle all their items in one container. The City of Fenton provides a 65 gallon cart and/or 18-gallon recycle bins to each resident. Free, additional 18-gallon bins are available by contacting City Hall.

To make it easier to recycle, you can now co-mingle all your recycle items. Paper, plastics and tin cans can be placed in the same container.

Unacceptable Items

It may be easier to remember what can't be recycled and then recycle everything else.

Unacceptable items include: Gas and oil containers, antifreeze containers, styrofoam, hoses, toys, large metal items (car parts), panes of broken glass, ceramics or Pyrex, plastic bags, hard-bound books.

Items accepted for curbside recycling

Cardboard Boxes

Large boxes should be flattened and stacked at the curb with the recycle cart, if they will not fit in your cart. No waxed cardboard or juice boxes.


Cereal and food packaging boxes.

Mixed Paper and Newspaper

Basically anything that tears can be recycled. Remove the plastic sleeves. Keep the papers dry and clean. Do not bundle. Examples:

  • Magazines, catalogs, telephone books
  • Kraft (brown paper) bags
  • Office, computer, notebook and gift wrapping paper
  • Carrier stock (soda and beer can cases)
  • Junk mail and envelopes (remember to shred to prevent identity theft)
  • Paperback books

Glass Jars/Bottles

Rinse well.

Aluminum/Steel Cans

Rinse well and throw away the lid. 

Plastic Containers

All plastic containers with Number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 on the bottom are recyclable.  Do not flatten milk and soda containers.   Acceptable plastics are:

  • All numbered types of plastics (except Number 6). Polystyrene or styrofoam cannot be recycled.
  • One-gallon milk bottles
  • One-gallon water bottles
  • Two-gallon water dispensers
  • Plastic fruit juice bottles
  • Liquid laundry containers
  • Fabric softener bottles
  • Bleach bottles
  • Windshield solvent bottles
  • One-, two- or three-liter soda bottles