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Doing Your Part

This is how you can help us to protect our local environment.

  1. Any items that are able to be recycled (per chart below) should be placed in the can labeled Recycle under the kitchen sink. All items must be clean/rinsed!
  2. Any items that are able to be composted (per chart below), should be placed in the pail on the deck labeled Compost. Pail should be closed tightly.
  3. Any items that are in the Out list in each chart below should be placed in the trash container under the sink. This container has a bag. If you have followed #1 and #2 above, you should produce no more than 1 bag of trash a week.


What to Recycle - The IN List

  • Plastic #1-7
  • Foil, cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Empty bottles any color glass
  • Milk and Juice Cartons
  • Cardboard, cereal boxes, gift boxes, shoe boxes
  • Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, gift wrap
  • Paper shopping bags, books
  • What Not to Recycle - The OUT List

  • Tissues/Paper Towels
  • Hypodermic needles or sharp objects
  • Food, trash
  • Styrofoam packing (i.e., meat/veggie pkg.)
  • Styrofoam peanuts
  • Potato chip bags
  • Plastic food bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Compost

    What to Compost - The IN List

  • Coffee grounds and filters and tea bags
  • Cotton and wool rags
  • Eggshells
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Houseplants
  • Nut shells
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • What Not to Compost - The OUT List - Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies

  • Tissues/Cleaning Wipes
  • Dairy products (e.g., butter, egg yolks, milk, sour cream, yogurt)
  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps
  • Lobster or crab shells and scraps
  • THANK YOU !! The citizens of Southwest Harbor are committed to sorting and recycling. We do it every day. If you think your community at home can be doing more, talk to your municipal authorities.

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