Quick Recycling Guide

For Williamson County, TN

Recycling programs can vary by county, city, organization, or location. Please review these guidelines for recycling at Williamson County convenience centers, drop-off locations, Williamson County Schools, or at the Material Recovery Facility.

Click here for residential recycling locations in Williamson County.

Glass Jars & Bottles

  • Rinse bottle and discard lid.
  • Sort by color: clear, green/blue, and brown

Plastic - #1 through #7

  • Any plastic labeled with #1 - #7 recycling symbol, excluding foam (often labeled #6)
  • For plastic bottles, rinse bottle and keep on lid
  • Includes plastic bags and plastic film
    • Use stretch test to determine if film is recyclable. If you can stretch the plastic and poke a hole through it by pressing your finger, it is recyclable plastic.
    • Example: Plastic shopping bags, stretchy plastic wrapping

  • No foam - which includes disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers
  • No foam peanuts
  • No plastic containers that contained hazardous waste such as pesticides/herbicides, motor oil, and anti-freeze bottles


  • Please rinse items before recycling.
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum disposable bakeware (pie pans, muffin tins, or lasagna dishes, etc.)
  • Foil yogurt tops
  • Even Hershey Kiss wrappers!
NO chip bags or Capri Sun pouches as these items are often a bonded combination of aluminum and plastic.

Mixed Paper

Paperboard Example
  • Computer or office paper
  • Everything received in your mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Cartons, including milk cartons
    • Rinse first.
  • Paperboard (see photo example to right)
    • Tear edge of box to determine if material is paperboard or cardboard. White fibers inside indicates paperboard that should be recycled as Mixed Paper. Brown fibers indicate cardboard and should be recycled with Corrugated Cardboard.
If you want to recycle phone books, catalogs or text books: all pages must be removed to be recycled individually and all covers and glue binding should be discarded.

Corrugated Cardboard & Brown Paper Bags

  • Includes cereal boxes, pasta boxes, cookie boxes, cracker boxes, etc.
  • Includes cardboard egg cartons
  • Includes brown paper bags
  • Please flatten all items.
  • Please remove any foam or plastic packaging from cardboard.

Steel & Tin Cans

  • Please rinse.