Ok, I want to find a word that contains plasticware, copper stuffs, glassware, paper, etc. Generally, the word should convey the meaning "everything that can be recycled".

I searched "recycleware" on Google & found some results but It seems that "recycleware" is a name of a company.

So, Do we have a word like "recycleware" which includes everything that can be recycled?


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There is such a word.

recyclable (noun)

(usually recyclables)
A substance or object that can be recycled: the city could sell recyclables at a profit


  • Our local authority (as do many) has a bin for mixed recyclables. But what is the opposite of recyclable? Councils usually just refer to landfill collection. But since landfill is an adjective what do we call the waste that no one wants?
    – WS2
    Sep 28, 2015 at 14:18
  • @WS2: In the United States, the opposite of the noun recyclable is the noun nonrecyclable. The term seems to have some support in the UK as well. Richard Waite, Household Waste Recycling (2013) lists three systems of "kerbside collection" consisting of various combinations of "dry recyclables," "organic waste" [biodegradable garbage], and "non-recyclables."
    – Sven Yargs
    Sep 28, 2015 at 17:56
  • @SvenYargs That's interesting. I hadn't noticed that term. I mostly seem to see and hear landfill. A three-bin system seems to be becoming fairly standard - at least in the south. But in Manchester I've noticed they have a four-bin system in which paper & cardboard is separated from other dry recyclables.
    – WS2
    Sep 28, 2015 at 18:04
  • @WS2 When nobody wants it, it is worthless, so we call it Trash. Recyclables aren't trash, since they have worth to someone. Granted, this initially seems contrary to the adage "One man's trash is another man's treasure." but that statement seeks reconsideration of what is really trash and what has merely been mistaken for it. I think "Separate your trash from your recyclables." is a common statement in this context too.
    – Tonepoet
    Sep 28, 2015 at 18:52
  • @Tonepoet - not garbage? Are you thinking that's a supercategory that contains both trash and recyclables? In any event, the practicality is a big factor, with milk cartons being trash in one place, and recyclable in another. And even if they have negative worth, their value is in not paying to landfill them.
    – stevesliva
    Sep 29, 2015 at 5:28

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