How to Identify a HaRM Item

We always recommend calling us prior to bringing a non-traditional item to our Center in order to avoid unexpected fees.

That said, here are some basic guidelines to help you decipher in advance whether a recyclable might classify as HaRM and potentially be subject to fees.

There's a good chance an item is considered HaRM (and may therefore be subjected to an additional fee) if:

  1. The item in question is not "Traditional"
  2. The item in question is not a food product
  3. The item in question is electronic
  4. The item in question consists of multiple materials (like a VHS tape)


    A special note about clothing, toys, and other potentially donatable items: please donate them to a local charity. While RR does accept potentially reusable items via our Drop-Off program, we are not a donation center and cannot guarantee (unless agreed upon otherwise) that any item brought to our Center for the intended purposes of donation will, in fact, be donated.


    Hard-to-Recycle Materials (HaRM)

    Some things are easier to recycle than others. At RR, Hard-to-Recycle Materials (HaRM) is a broad category of recyclables that encompasses a variety of products, each with its own unique recovery situation.

    Some of the most common HaRM items at RR include:

    • Electronics ("e-waste")
    • Televisions (TVs)
    • Light bulbs & lamps
    • Batteries
    • Ballasts
    • Clean Styrofoam products
    • VHS tapes
    • CDs and DVDs (and the accompanying "jewel" cases)

      HaRM Fees

      At RR, HaRM items share just one thing in common: for one reason or another, they're costly to recycle responsibly.

      Because of this, many--but not all--HaRM items are subject to an additional fee at our Center. These HaRM fees may relate to handling, storage, transportation, and/or processing (charged to RR by third parties) of a given item.

      While HaRM fees tend not to be substantial on a per unit basis, they can add up in cases of large quantities.

        For questions about HaRM items, please feel free to contact us.

        To see what else we recycle, click here.