Recycling Guide

J&J Services is proud to serve commercial buildings, businesses, residential facilities, and homeowners as their recycling partners throughout Nashville. We prioritize a cleaner environment and remain dedicated to waste diversion efforts.

Our Disposal Guide

Not Sure How to Dispose Your Item?

We are your dedicated partner for recycling. We offer single or multiple-dumpster collection, recyclables programs, green waste recycling, and more. Learn what you can recycle and how it works.

Our Recycling Services

Our Offerings

Single or multiple-dumpster collection service
Separated or combined recyclables collection programs
Recycling cardboard, newspaper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass containers, and electronics service
Our Disposal Guide

What Items Can’t Be Recycled

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Unacceptable Items


  • Propane canisters
  • Flares
  • Needles
  • Electronics
  • Flammable liquids
  • Batteries for e-cigarettes
  • Helium tanks
  • Lighters and matches
  • Knives
  • Household batteries
  • Butane canisters
  • Ceramic plant pots
  • Bear spray
  • Paint
  • Ammunition
  • Straws

Plastic containers

  • Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or antifreeze products
  • Garden hoses
  • Packaging labeled biodegradable or compostable
  • Plastic string or rope
  • Microwavable bowls with metal rims
  • Plastic paint cans
  • Plastic wrap
  • Pails for lubricants and oils
  • Plastic or foil lids from coffee and tea pods
  • Liquid-absorbing pads, e.g., in trays of meat, poultry, fish, etc.
  • Lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture or toys
  • Plastic blister packs e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for chewing gum and pills

Steel containers

  • Steel paint cans
  • Coat hangers (return to dry cleaners)
  • Pots, pans and baking trays
  • Propane cylinders
  • Metal toys
  • Appliances
  • Metal hardware or other scrap metal
  • Wiring or metal cords, extension cords

Misc. flexible plastic packaging

  • Plastic squeeze tubes
  • Plastic-lined paper
  • Cellophane wrap
  • Plastic strapping
  • 6-pack ring
  • Biodegradable plastic
  • PVC/vinyl
  • Squishy foam
  • Plastic blister packs e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for chewing gum and pills

Paper packaging/cardboard

  • Cardboard boxes with wax coating
  • Paper bags with multiple layers that include a foil layer
  • Paper bags with a plastic layer
  • Paper towels, napkins
  • Tissues

Aluminum containers

  • Spray paint cans
  • Aerosol cans with any contents remaining
  • Propane cylinders
  • Foil-lined cardboard take-out containers and lids

Glass bottles & jars

  • Drinking glasses or dishes, cookware
  • Whole or broken window glass or mirrors
  • Ceramic products
  • Light bulbs and light fixtures

Foam packaging

  • Liquid-absorbing pads used in trays for meat, poultry, fish, etc.
  • Labels, tape, paper and cardboard on foam packaging
  • Foam peanuts, packing chips, or noodles
  • Blue or pink foam board insulation
  • Squishy or flexible foam
  • Furniture cushions

Plastic bags/Overwrap

  • Kitchen stretch wrap
  • Packaging labeled biodegradable or compostable
  • Lumber or construction wrap
  • Garbage bags


  • Hardcover or paperback books (donate or sell)
  • Ribbons or bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries
  • Rubber bands
Our Process of Recycling

How Does Recycling Work?

We gather full recycle dumpsters from curbsides, multi-family dwellings, or businesses. Materials undergo sorting, cleaning, compression, and preparation for sale to end markets at recycling facilities (MRFs).

Clean every item

Clean items are crucial to avoid contamination during transportation.

Waste Collection

Once recycle dumpsters reach capacity, Waste Connections collects them from curbsides, multi-family dwellings, or businesses.

Recycling facility (MRF)

Materials undergo sorting and categorization by material types. Subsequently, they undergo a final quality control inspection and cleanup before being baled (compressed) together and readied for sale to end markets.

Battery Disposal

Incorrect Battery Disposal Can Cause Fires

Household items might seem harmless, but their batteries pose risks if disposed of in regular garbage or recycling containers due to their highly flammable nature.

  • Remove the batteries

    Inspect the electronic devices you wish to dispose of. If feasible, take out the batteries. If not, bring the entire device to the drop-off location.
  • Store batteries in a safe place

    Place batteries in non-metallic containers (such as plastic, cardboard, or glass) that do not conduct electricity to prevent sparks.
  • Find your local drop off

    Find a local electronic disposal store, or find a drop off location near you.

Ask The Can!

What can I recycle?
What is recycling important?
How do I recycle glass/plastic/paper/metal?
What happens to recycled materials?
How can I reduce waste and increase recycling at home?

Are you still uncertain about sizing, pricing, or other details? Contact one of our professionals to get more information regarding which option is the best for you.

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