Where to Recycle Kitchen Items

Maybe an item in your kitchen can’t be recycled curbside, or it can but you don’t have curbside recycling service at your Gwinnett County home. Wait — don’t throw it in the trash yet! Many things can be taken to a nearby drop-off location for recycling or donation, or can be mailed for free to an organization that will recycle it. Explore our guide to drop-off and mail-in recycling here, and if we’re missing anything, please let us know.

Note: Before you make the trip, call ahead to a drop-off location to confirm that they will accept the particular item you have. We do our best to keep this page up to date, but recycling availability sometimes changes without warning.

Aerosol cans (empty)
Aluminum cans
  • Gwinnett County Fire Stations – Station #14 (Buford), #15 (Lawrenceville), #3 (Lilburn) 
    Note: Proceeds benefit the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation
  • GreenDisk – Mail-In
    1. Purchase a Technotrash Pack-IT Service for a small fee
    2. Fill a box with accepted e-waste
    3. Mail to GreenDisk
Blenders
Bread bags (clean and dry)
Butter tubs
Cardboard
Cereal bags
Cereal boxes
Chip bags
Cigarettes and packaging
  • TerraCycle – Mail-In
    1. Join the TerraCycle Cigarette Waste Recycling Program
    2. Print a free shipping label
    3. Collect and mail in extinguished cigarettes, cigarette filters, loose tobacco pouches, outer plastic packaging, inner foil packaging, rolling paper, and ash
Cleaning products
Coffee and espresso makers
Cups (plastic)
Cups (#6 plastic)
Cups (Styrofoam)
  • Keep Atlanta Beautiful Recycling Event – Buckhead
    Open first Saturday each month, 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Note: Foam must have #6 symbol on it. Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam.
Deep fryers
Dishwashers
Drink pouches (i.e. Capri Sun)
  • TerraCycle – Mail-In
    1. Join the TerraCycle Drink Pouch Recycling Program
    2. Print a free shipping label
    3. Collect and mail in aluminum and plastic drink pouches (no need to remove the straws)
Egg cartons (cardboard)
Egg cartons (Styrofoam)
  • Keep Atlanta Beautiful Recycling Event – Buckhead
    Open first Saturday each month, 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Note: Foam must have #6 symbol on it. Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam.
Electric mixers
Energy bar wrappers
Envelopes and mail
Fats, oils, and greases
Food processors
Food storage containers (i.e. Glad)
Glass bottles and jars
Granola bar wrappers
Greeting cards (no glitter, foil, velvet, metal, or ribbon)
 Juice bottles (glass)
 Juice bottles (plastic)
Juicers
Junk mail
Magazines and catalogs
Meat slicers and grinders
Meat trays (Styrofoam)
  • Keep Atlanta Beautiful Recycling Event – Buckhead
    Open first Saturday each month, 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Note: Foam must have #6 symbol on it. Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam.
Milk bottles (plastic)
Newspaper
Newspaper sleeves (clean and dry)
Pans
Paper bags
Paper towel cores
Phonebooks
Plastic bags (i.e. grocery bags, produce bags, shopping bags) (clean and dry)
Plastic product wrap (i.e. water bottle or toilet paper case wraps) (clean and dry)
Plates (Styrofoam)
  • Keep Atlanta Beautiful Recycling Event – Buckhead
    Open first Saturday each month, 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Note: Foam must have #6 symbol on it. Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam.
Popcorn makers
Pots
Pressure cookers
Protein bar wrappers
Refrigerators
Rice cookers
Slow cookers/crock pots
Smoke detectors
Snack bags
Soda bottles (plastic)
Soup cans
Squeeze bottles (#4 plastic)
Styrofoam (clean)
  • Keep Atlanta Beautiful Recycling Event – Buckhead
    Open first Saturday each month, 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Note: Foam must have #6 symbol on it. Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam.
Syrup bottles (plastic)
Takeout boxes (plastic)
Takeout boxes (Styrofoam)
  • Keep Atlanta Beautiful Recycling Event – Buckhead
    Open first Saturday each month, 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Note: Foam must have #6 symbol on it. Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam.
Teapots/kettles
Tins (i.e. mint tins, cookie tins, popcorn tins)
Tissue boxes
Towels
Waffle makers
Water bottles
Water filtration products
  • TerraCycle – Mail-In – Brita Products
    1. Join the TerraCycle Brita Recycling Program
    2. Print a free shipping label
    3. Collect and mail in Brita® dispensers, Brita® Bottles, Brita® Bottle Filters, Brita® Standard Filters, Brita® Stream Filters, Brita® Longlast Filters, Brita® filter packaging, Brita® faucet filtration systems, and Brita® pitchers
  • TerraCycle – Mail-In – PUR Products
    1. Join the TerraCycle PUR Recycling Program
    2. Print a free shipping label
    3. Collect and mail in PUR® pitchers, PUR® filters, PUR® faucet filtration systems and adapters, PUR® packaging film, and PUR® dispensers
Wine bottles
Wine corks
Yogurt cups
Zip-close food storage bags (clean and dry)