Residents Businesses Visitors Government Search Directory Home
Recycling Office

Recycle Home
3-1-1 Call Center
  Request for Service
Line Break

Additional Educational Opportunities
Line Break
Recycling Foundation
Collection Routes This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from
Line Break
Classroom Activities
Line Break
Community Drop-off This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from
Line Break
Line Break
Contact Information
Line Break
Curbside Recycling
Line Break
Frequently Asked Questions

Line Break
Household Hazardous Materials
Line Break
Natural Resources Recovery
Line Break
Where to Recycle This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from
Line Break
Paper & Plastic
Line Break
American Recycles Day
Line Break
Recycle Oil & Antifreeze
Line Break
Medical Supplies
Line Break
Reduce Junk Mail
Line Break
Line Break
Reuse This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from
Smart Shopping
Line Break
Seasonal Collections
Blue Bullet Phone Book
Blue Bullet Christmas Tree
Line Break
Special Services
Line Break
Yard Smart Earth Wise
Line Break
Where to buy Recycled Products
Line Break
Paint Pointers

Line Break
Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge

Line Break

Paper & Plastic Recycling Information

Which Plastics are Recyclable?
What About Styrofoam Peanuts? | Do Not Recycle
What About Non-recyclable Plastic? | The News on Paper
How to Stop Junk Mail

Plastics and Paper can be recycled and made into a variety of different products.

What Happens to Plastic?

Depending on the type of plastic products being recycled, plastic collected in Baton Rouge will be made into new plastic products such as carpeting, clothing, garden furniture and accessories, carpeting, combs and childrenís toys.

Which Plastics are Recyclable?

The Baton Rouge Recycling Program now takes all Plastic with a #1-#7 inside the triple arrow recycling symbol. Plastic recyclables, including beverage bottles, food containers, (rinse), detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, prescription bottles, baby wipe containers, household cleaner and bleach bottles (empty and rinse), flower pots, buckets (5 gallon or less, remove any metal handles). Now, you can recycle almost all plastic bottles & containers, view our Recycle Plastics flyer. This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from

Don't Say Peanuts to Recycling

Looking for places to recycle packing material such as Styrofoam peanuts and shredded paper? Industrial Electronic Supply, Inc. located at 3575 South Choctaw Drive will take your Styrofoam peanuts. They reuse them for packing material. Call 357-4249, first.

Also, try your local Mail Boxes Et., Quantum Express and other mailing operations. Many will take these objects off your hands and keep them out of the trash. Styrofoam peanuts also make excellent drainage material for potted plants.

Do Not Recycle

Plastic bags, hangers, toys, 6-pack rings, chemical containers, packing materials and plastic wrap.

What Should be Done about Non-Recyclable Plastic?

Do not purchase products in non-recyclable plastic containers if at all possible. Please look for alternative packages that come in recyclable containers.  You should call or write the manufacturers of products in non-recyclable containers and ask them to switch to packaging that can be recycled in our program.

Paper Protocol

Old News

Yesterday's news may be tomorrow's cereal box with the sophisticated paper recycling technology now available.  From newsprint to copier paper to cardboard to paper bags, recycled paper products pop up in numerous applications.

Look for and purchase recycled paper products when shopping for the home or office.

Handling the News

Don't be afraid to recycle paper. Paper with tape and staples, junk mail, and envelopes with plastic windows are all okay.  You can even recycle old cardboard and paperboard, including laundry detergent and cereal boxes. Cardboard must be folded,  flattened and placed beside your recycling cart.

Stop Junk Mail

Stop the flow of junk mail to your mailbox by requesting that your name be removed from the Direct Marketing Associationís mailing list. 
Write to:

Mail Preference Service
Direct Marketing Association
PO Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY  11735
or call: