Cleaning Product Containers Put in Container Recycling Empty bottles and cans belong under the dark blue lid of a split recycling cart or in a larger cart/bin designated for recyclable containers only. Not Empty? Don't Recycle If your containers aren’t empty, you can’t recycle them. Containers must be completely empty, or they must be disposed of as cleaning products. Learn how to dispose of cleaning products. Labels Are OK Generally, it’s not necessary to remove the labels on cleaning product containers before recycling them. Ways to Reduce Purchase Natural Cleaners Consider switching to more eco-friendly cleaners. Chemical cleaners can expose your household to a variety of harmful ingredients and VOCs. They can also introduce more chemicals into the environment when they are washed down the drain. Check out the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning or follow these easy recipes from Real Simple to make your own natural cleaners. Buy in Bulk and Refill Containers One of the easiest ways to cut down on trash (and to save money) is to buy cleaning products in bulk and refill the containers you have at home.