Roots Recycling accepts clean recyclables only.  No liquid or food residue. 


  • Office Paper 
  • Newspaper
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Junk Mail
  • Phone Books
  • Magazines
  • Greeting Cards
  • Envelopes
  • File Folders
  • Hard-Cover Bound Books -at an additional charge. Reusing or donating books to libraries, schools and non-profits is highly encouraged first. 
  • Soft-Cover Bound Books
  • Shredded Paper - keep shredded paper in a separate bag.
  • Stationary
  • Receipts
  • Butcher Paper (clean)


  • Paper Napkins - compostable
  • Paper Towels - compostable
  • Tissue Paper - compostable
  • Wax Paper
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Paper Cups & Plates - paper plates and cups (i.e. Starbucks cups) are covered in a waxy substance to prevent leaching of liquids through the paper. This wax causes paper cups and plates to be non-recyclable. *TIP: Bring your own cup or plate.
  • Carbon Paper
  • Construction/Neon Paper - these dark or super-bright papers are made with beater dyes and because they contain so much dye, the are no longer recyclable.
  • TYVEK Envelopes
  • Labels or Stickers