Babies come with lots of laughs, joy – and stuff! Take a quick gander down any shop’s baby aisle or baby registry, and you soon see the baby items can add up. Since new parents need their sleep, we’ll make it easy for you to streamline your recycling process. Reminder- DIAPERS DO NOT GO IN YOUR RECYCLING!

Here are a host of common baby-related items and where they can go when you’ve finished with them:

Boxes and Paper

All those cardboard boxes can go right into the recycling bin. Tissue paper, paper towels, and tissues are a different story. They typically don’t hold up well enough to become something new in the recycling process, which means you want to put them in the trash.

Plastic Bottles and Containers

Laundry jugs, milk jugs, and water bottles are recycling musts! Carryout and frozen food trays just need a quick rinse, and they can go in the recycle bin. Most plastic bottles and containers are usually recyclable but check with your specific recycling program if you’re not sure.

Glass Jars and Bottles

Glass is a gloriously recyclable item, but not every program takes it. Check with your local recycling program to make sure yours does. Glass jars and containers that contained food need to be rinsed before they head to the recycle bin.

Donate Clothing and Toys

As baby gets bigger and bigger, you may find yourself surrounded by outgrown clothing and toys. While they can’t go into the standard recycling cart, they can go to good use. Donating outgrown clothing and toys is an excellent way to pass along items, and some cities and agencies make it super easy with scheduled pickups or drop-off centers.

Target stores offer a Car Seat Trade-In Program from time to time, where they take back child car seats you no longer need in exchange for a discount coupon. Many local groups (like NextDoor) specialize in listing items for sale or free to get other unneeded items off your hands.

When it comes to recycling at the curb, the only items typically accepted are packaging from toys or clothes, although some programs take small plastic baskets and totes.

A few innovative communities offer curbside pickup of donations. Many items can be reused or relocated, but that’s not the same as recycling. Recycling is a specific remanufacturing process designed for efficiently handling bottles, packaging, and paper. Clothing and toys and baby gear all needs to be passed on through donation and relocation services.

There is a place for everything has a place. Your actions matter and pave the way for a brighter future.

Take the Pledge!

If you’re a new parent, choose to recycle. Show your support by signing the pledge to recycle more in your home and community.