What & How to Recycle

with Spencer County Solid Waste Management District
 

How to Recycle

Spencer County residents and businesses have the opportunity to drop-off their recyclables, free of charge, at any of our Drop-Off Centers located throughout the county. Yellow metal bins are labeled for specific items and are conveniently arranged with like items next to each other. An attendant is always on duty to assist with your recyclables.  

General Recycling Rules:

  • Drop-Off centers require material to be separated.
  • Scrape or rinse food residue from containers.
  • Drain containers well.
  • Labels do not need to be removed from any containers.
  • Flatten containers and boxes to save space.
  • Remove all lids. Plastic and steel lids can be recycled.
  • Newspaper should be recycled loose. Do Not Bundle or Bag them.
Limited on recycling space? You only need three containers! (Items can be separated at the Drop-Off Center)

  1. Glass, Cans and Plastics in the same container or bag.
  2. Newspaper and Cardboard in the same box/bag.
  3. Junk Mail  – collect in a shopping bag on a door knob.

What to Recycle

All of the items below can be recycled at any of our drop-off centers throughout Spencer County. Click on the item below for additional recycling and disposal details.

For more problem wastes, such as paint, household and farm chemicals, medication, and tires, continue scrolling down to see how those can be properly disposed of in Spencer County.

Newspapers
Includes all (slicks) inserts. No brown paper sacks or strings. Keep separate from other paper products
Cardboard
Includes corrugated boxes, paperboard and brown paper sacks. Remove packing material, plastic bag liners and flatten all boxes. Examples of paperboard include cereal, cake mix, tissue and detergent boxes. Keep separate from other paper products. No waxed or foiled paperboard such as juice, and ice cream containers.
Junk Mail & Office Paper

Includes all envelopes with or without a plastic window, computer paper, shredded paper, mixed color paper, file folders, post-it notes, office forms etc.

Paper products NOT accepted include carbon paper, wrapping paper, tissues, paper plates or paper towels.

Magazines & Catalogs
Remove protective plastic before recycling. Keep separate from other paper products.
Glass
All colors accepted. Food and beverage jars and bottles only Labels are OK. Rinse and remove lids.
Tin & Steel Cans
Must be empty and rinsed. Labels are OK. Keep separated from other cans.
ALUMINUM CANS
Must be empty. Crush cans to save space. Keep separated from metal cans.
Plastic
PLASTIC PETE #1 BOTTLES/ Jars: Includes soft drink liters, Gatorade, fruit juice, single serve water and soft drinks etc. Other PETE 1 containers include peanut butter jars, ketchup, syrup, salad dressing bottles. Health and beauty products such as mouthwash, shampoo, and conditioners are also packaged in PETE bottles. Check the bottom of the bottle for the number “1” inside the arrows. Remove lid, rinse, and flatten.

PLASTIC HDPE #2 Bottles: Includes milk jugs, orange juice, liquid detergent and softener bottles, or any other #2 HDPE marked bottle or jug. All colors are accepted. Must be empty with lids removed and flatten if possible. Sorry, no motor oil bottles can be accepted, even the ones with the HDPE # 2. Our vendor will not accept them.

PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS: Includes plastic bags from grocery, department, and discount stores. Please remove paper sales slips.

Waste Oil
Includes used motor, hydraulic, and gear oil. Residents must manually deposit their oil in a 400-gallon tank located at the Drop-Off Center. For this reason, we have a limit of 5 gallons per visit.

 

Oil Filters
Includes auto, large trucks, and farm equipment filters.

 

Used Anti-Freeze
Two to four 55-gallon drums (covered by a yellow or black tarp) are available at each Drop-Off Center.
Batteries
Includes household batteries, rechargeable batteries, battery packs, batteries from watches, radios, toys, clocks, etc. Leaking or damaged batteries should be secured in a sealed plastic bag before delivery to the Drop-Off Center. Battery collection bins are also available at many grocery and hardware stores. Call the office for a complete list.

 

Mercury Items
Includes thermometers, mechanical thermostats, fluorescent bulbs, mercurochrome, and elemental mercury.

 

When in Doubt, Leave it Out!

It only takes one or two items in a load of recyclables to contaminate the entire load and make it impossible to recycle. Please follow the recycling guidelines.

Problem Waste Program

Spencer County Solid Waste Management District have taken measures to help with proper disposal of problem waste items. Problem waste includes items such as paint, household chemicals and used motor oil, pesticides and herbicides and medication and sharps, tires, and e-waste.  

No more one day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days!!! The District has an approved storage building on site to accept your problem waste on a regular basis at the District Office location.

Paint

Latex

Latex paint is the most common item brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Program and represents about half of the District’s cost for the disposal/recycling process. This expense for the District is not necessary.

Latex paint is water-based and NOT hazardous. However, if it is in a liquid form, landfills cannot accept latex paint. Introducing an excess amount of liquid in a landfill can cause runoff problems and possibly be a source of ground contaminate if this liquid is mixed with other items in the landfill. For this reason, any latex paint brought into the District for recycling/disposal must be treated as a hazardous waste.

Follow these simple instructions for disposing of latex paint and help the District/County reduce the cost of processing problem waste.

  • Use up or give away usable latex paint
  • Dry out unusable or unneeded latex paint by mixing it with kitty litter or "floor dry" (an absorbent material sold at hardware and home supply stores)
  • A small amount of paint can be spread onto cardboard to dry
  • Remove the lid (in a well-ventilated area) of latex paint and allow paint to harden and dry.
  • Place the hardened paint and dry cans (with the lids off) in the trash

Oil Based

Oil-based paint and products for clean-up after using oil based paint should be treated as a household hazardous waste. If possible, combine small amounts of oil-based paint into a common paint can before bringing the paint to the District for recycling.

Oil-based paint cans that are dry can be disposed of in the trash (with the lids off).

Accepted Monday - Friday from 8 am to 4 pm at the Business District Office.

Household & Farm Chemicals

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) include cleaners, stains, pesticides, certain paints, and many things found under the kitchen sink, in the garage and outbuildings located on your property.

By improperly disposing of material residents could contaminate groundwater/soil and present a threat to children and pets.

Below is a sample list of the types of material that can be brought to the District Office for recycling and/or proper disposal.

• brake fluid          • drain cleaners
• glues                    • adhesives
• insecticides        • herbicides
• paints                  • stains
• paint thinners   • aerosols
• pool chemicals  • driveway sealer

NOTE:
Used oil, oil filters and anti-freeze can be taken to any of the seven (7) Drop-Off Centers. Click here for a list of drop-site locations.

Large Items

Large Items are available to dispose of for residents only at the Chrisney Drop Off Center during their regular hours of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

No contractors will be permitted to dispose of their worksite materials. 

No cash is accepted at the drop-off center and tags MUST be purchased ahead of time. 

Costs for disposing of large items:

• Single Item - Three (3) $1.00 Yellow Trash Tags - $3.00 total

• Freon Appliance - Three (3) $1.00 Yellow Trash Tags - $3.00 total

• Pick-up Truck Load of Large Items - Fifteen (15) $1.00 Yellow Trash Tags - $15.00 total

• Oversize Loads or Trailers may have an additional charge

• Note: Bagged household trash is not included in the Pick-up Truck Load of Large items. These bags must be tagged separately with a $1.00 trash tag on each. 

Offloading assistance is NOT available. 

Examples of large items include: sofas, chairs, tables, mattresses, appliances, hot water heaters, dressers, rolled carpet, plumbing fixtures, swing sets, lawn furniture, grills, bicycles, etc. 

Yard Waste & Compost

When the leaves begin to change colors, showing off bright yellows, oranges, and reds – Enjoy! Before long, those leaves will be brown and spread over the ground.

What can you do with fall leaves?

While leaf burning has not been banned by the County's Trash Burning Ordinance, we still don't recommend it. Leaf burning releases many pollutants into the air. Smoke from just 5 pounds of burning leaves creates a full pound of pollution. Leaf burning can create health hazards for children, the elderly, and people with breathing difficulties.  As with other burning, leaf burning can also put nearby properties at risk.

Suggestions on ways you can reuse fall leaves in your own yard:

  • Shred the leaves with a mulching mower (or a mower with the bagger removed) and let them stay on the grass. These shredded leaves will provide a protective winter cover and decompose by spring.
  • If you have lots of leaves, you’ll need to mow often during the weeks with the heaviest leaf fall.
  • Pick up leaves with your bagging mower. The mower will shred the leaves as it picks them up, creating great mulch. Use the leaf mulch in your gardens or flower beds.
  • Add shredded or whole leaves to your compost pile. Shredded leaves will decompose faster, but whole leaves will also break down into nutrient-rich compost. Mixing fall leaves with over-ripe fruit and vegetables and grass clippings will help the material decompose more quickly. If you want more information about composting call our office.

Rockport Residents:
If you live in the City of Rockport, you can put fall leaves at the curb where they will be collected. 
For set-out guidelines and collection dates, contact City Hall at 649-2242.

Incorporated Towns:
Residents of Chrisney, Dale, Gentryville, Grandview, Richland, and Santa Claus should contact their local officials to ask about leaf or brush programs.

Spencer County Residents:
Spencer County residents can drop off fall leaves, as well as brush and limbs, west of Chrisney Drop-Off Center, near our office. The yard waste drop-off is open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm. This is the only site that accepts yard waste of any kind!  Please, NO trash bags!! If you bag your leaves or brush, you will be asked to empty the bags and take the empty bags with you.

Medication & Sharps

Medications

Outdated prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be hazardous to yourself and our environment.

They can contaminate the environment if they get into drinking and groundwater. The complex chemicals found in today’s drugs may kill bacteria in sewage treatment plants and septic systems if flushed down the toilet.

ONLY Non-Controlled medications can be brought to the District Business Office Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm. Controlled medications need to be held until our Medicine Take Back Events.

Don't flush! Bring them to us! 

Sharps

Used sharps (syringes and lancets) can be hazardous to yourself and our environment.

Spencer County residents now have four (4) collection locations. The Spencer County Health Department located in the Spencer County Courthouse in Rockport, the Solid Waste District Office in Chrisney, the Dale Town Hall, and the Santa Claus Town Hall are all available for proper disposal of sharps. You can also pick up a sharps container at no charge when the container is full, you return it to one of the four offices for an exchange of a new container.

Computers & Electronic Equipment

E-Waste includes Computers (CPUs); Monitors; Computer Peripherals such as keyboards, printers, scanners, etc.; Televisions - portable and console sets; DVRs and VCRs, etc.

More and more computer manufacturers and retail electronic stores are participating in the "take back" programs for old computers and electronic equipment. When you are in the market for a new electronics ask about their "take back" policy.

When it is not possible to participate in a "take back" program bring your old computer and electronic equipment to the District office to be recycled free of charge. Computer equipment is accepted at the office/warehouse facility.

On the first Saturday of every month, the Chrisney Drop Off location will also accept E-Waste free of charge. 

Tires

Residents are encouraged to leave behind (recycle) their old tires when they purchase new tires. Most of the time this does result in a small fee, but it is worth it.

Tire piles are a great breeding ground for mosquitoes that may be a carrier of Encephalitis or West Niles Virus to your family, farm animals and/or pets.

Tires are accepted year-round at the office/warehouse facility which is located east of the Chrisney Drop-Off Center.

The current fee schedule for tires is:

     • Passenger & Small Truck Tires - $1.50
     • Semi Tires - $6.50
     • Tractor Tires - $2.00 per inch
     • Each Rim - An additional $1.50
     • Oversize Tires - $2.00 per inch

It has been the practice in the past years to hold June Tire Amnesty Days for Spencer County Residents. Depending on the state and other agency funding a set number of passenger tires have been recycled for free. Watch for more information about the Tire Recycling program in the Spring of the year.

Book Swap 
Books that are outdated or in poor condition can be taken to any of the District Drop-Off Centers for recycling. Books are accepted anytime a center is open. Please give the books to the attendant on duty.

Note: October is Book Swap Month!!  Residents are encouraged to set aside their gently-used books and swap them in October for "new" books at any library branch in Spencer County.

(812)362-7401

Address:
District Business Office
918 E. County Road 800 N.
Chrisney, Indiana 47611

Questions or Comments? We'd love to hear from you.