Below is a complete list of the current recyclables accepted for Tybee's single-stream recycling services. Please pay attention to what is and is not acceptable, as contamination by unacceptable materials can cause an entire load being rejected, resulting in additional shipping charges as well as land fill fees.

Acceptable Items

Paper Items

  • News Paper
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Paper Bags
  • Cardboard (no waxed)
  • Egg Cartons (paper only)
  • File Folders
  • Shredded Paper
  • Ream Wrappers
  • Sticky Notes
  • Office Paper(all colors)
  • Envelopes
  • Telephone Books
  • Pizza Boxes (clean-no grease or oils)
  • Cereal boxes (chip board)


  • Aluminum Cans (CRV and Non CRV)
  • All Food Cans - tuna, vegetable and fruit cans (rinsed)
  • Metal lids
  • Coat hangers

Plastic Items

  • All Plastics 1-7 (but no Styrofoam, plastic bags, or plastic wraps)
  • Plastic Lids and Tubs
  • Plastic Boxes and Pails
  • Plastic Toys (batteries removed)
  • Milk Jugs ( rinsed)
  • Plastic Bottles (crv and non crv)
  • Rubber Maid Plastics
  • Detergent Bottles ( rinsed)
  • Computer and Music CDs
  • Plastic Hangers

Unacceptable Items

Do not put these items in the compactor or your recycling bin:
  • Trash - Left over food products such as fruit and meats
  • Hazardous or Biohazard Waste
  • Sharps or Needles
  • Soiled Paper Towels
  • Diapers
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Kleenex
  • Used Paper Plates
  • Window Glass
  • Mirrors
  • Waxed Cardboard or Tetra containers
  • Ice Cream Containers
  • Garden Hose Pipe
  • Hazardous Waste Containers such as antifreeze containers
  • Glass
  • Light Bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Motor Oil and Oil Filters
  • Clothing
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood
  • PVC
  • Bubble wrap
  • Shrink Wrap (LDPE)
  • Tyvec - home wrap or envelopes
  • Computer mice or keyboards (Please take all electronics to the e-recycling center on Eisenhower Drive.)
  • Insulated or Romex wire
  • Plastic Bags
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Note: As you can see from this list, many items can be recycled. More than what is considered garbage. It will benefit everyone to recycle as much as possible.

Please dispose of garbage properly. If any garbage is put into the recycling container, it may contaminate the entire load making the items no longer recyclable.


Electronic circuit boards contain an abundance of heavy metals - these are both poisonous in the groundwater and rare commodities for the manufacture of future electronic devices. To protect our health today and our economic competitiveness in the future, it is important that electronic waste does not get put into landfills. Older, but working, electronic items such as computers, printers, VCR and DVD players, radios, and LCD televisions can be donated to Goodwill for reuse in the community.

Note: Goodwill has stopped accepting old CRT-style or tube television sets.

Older cell phones should be returned to your service provider, where they can be distributed to members of battered families to protect their privacy or used to provide service for military personnel away from home. Non-functioning electronics can be taken to the eRecycling center, which is available with extended hours to take your discarded electronics!

For more information about hours, materials accepted, and locations, visit the Savannah Recycles web pages. You can download a complete list of all sites, hours, materials accepted, and other useful information by visiting their website. Although DPW has previously jointly sponsored eRecycling days with Savannah, given the hours of the Eisenhower center (Tuesday - Saturday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.), there is no need to wait! Take that old stuff in, and ask your neighbors if they have some old electronics they've been waiting to get rid of! If you still have questions, you can contact the Recycling Coordinator Office at 912-651-1967.
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