Recycling Instructions

Blue 16 gallon bins are provided by the Dalton Public Works Department for qualifying residents.
Blue 16 gallon bins are provided by the Dalton Public Works Department for qualifying residents.

City of Dalton residents with garbage service provided by the Public Works Department usual qualify to participate in the Curbside Recycling Program.  This is a guide to all the types of materials you can place in the little blue recycling bins.  Download a PDF copy of the guide by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. 


Please put only the following listed materials into the recycling collection container:

All Paper

Magazines, Junk Mail, Envelopes, Newspaper, Flyers, Brochures, Writing, Typing and Computer Paper, Books

  • Just put clean, dry paper into the bin
Items Not Accepted:
  • Wet, waxed or soiled paper
  • Used paper towels and plates
  • Carbon paper


"Flattened" Corrugated Boxes, Paper Tubes, Wrapping Paper, Cereal Boxes, File Folders, Poster Board

  • Flatten Boxes
  • Remove plastic or waxed paper liners and all styrofoam packing material
Items Not Accepted:
  • Wet, soiled, or waxed cardboard
  • Wax coated beverage containers


Juice, Pop & Soda Water Bottles, Beer & Wine Bottles, Food Jars

  • Remove lids
  • Rinse to remove residue
  • Do not break glass
Items Not Accepted:
  • Light bulbs
  • Window glass, drinking glasses or mirrors


Tin Food Cans, Aluminum Beverage Cans

  • Empty and rinse cans to remove all food residue
Items Not Accepted:
  • Cans used for chemicals or paints
  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Appliances, power tools or batteries


Plastic Bottles and Jugs used for Milk, Juice, Soap and Soft Drinks

  • Rinse containers to remove residue
  • It's OK to leave caps and labels on
Items Not Accepted:
  • Containers used for chemicals or automotive products (oil, antifreeze, etc.)
  • Rubber products
  • Styrofoam cups and packing material
  • Photographic film
  • Plastic bags
  • Polyvinyl sheeting
  • Heat shrink wrapping

DO NOT put the following materials into the recycling collection bins:

  • Liquids
  • Food
  • Waste
  • Waxed Paper Products
  • Fabrics
  • Wood
  • Styrofoam