LACKAWANNA COUNTY — County recycling guidelines have changed, prompting municipalities to remind residents of the stricter guidelines.

Not following the new guidelines results in the township paying fines and garbage disposal fees for contaminated dumpsters.

According to Lackawanna County's Office of Environmental Sustainability, the following types of containers are accepted:

• Glass: Bottles and Jars only. No lids will be accepted. Windows, ceramics, and drinking glasses are not accepted.

• Cans: Aluminum and Steel (tin) beverage and food containers. Lid must be thrown away separately, unless it is attached.

• Plastic: Bottles and jars with tops are acceptable, including those from milk, juice, energy drinks, water, detergents/cleaners and soda.

The county notes no toys, bags, cups, plant pots will be accepted.

Plastic grocery bags cannot be put in the recycling bin.

The department also nots the following items are not recyclable: Straws, styrofoam or paper plastic dishes, cups or glasses. Plastic utensils, snack bags, plastic wrap or film are not accepted.

The county continues to accept paper products including newspaper, magazines, catalogs and phonebooks. Any of the aforementioned items must be placed in a brown bag or bundle.

Office paper, including computer paper, mail, envelopes and shredded paper must be placed in a clear plastic bag.

Cardboard products, including heavy shipping boxes, light weight boxes, paper towel rolls and pizza boxes are accepted.

The county states liners from cereal and cracker boxes should be removed and thrown away.

Boxes should be flattened and bundled or placed inside a larger box.

How to prepare recyclables

The county offers steps on how residents can prepare their items for recycling:

• Remove food/drink waste from containers by a quick rinse.

• Discard liners from boxes

• Flatten plastic bottles, then replacing the caps, increased bin space and decreases potential litter.

• Glass items should not be broken.

• Shredded paper must be placed in a clear plastic bag.

For additional information on recycling guidelines, residents are welcome to call the Office of Environmental Sustainability at 570-963-2017.