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.
Includes all (slicks) inserts. No brown paper sacks or strings. Keep separate from other paper products
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.
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.
Must be empty. Crush cans to save space. Keep separated from metal cans.
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.
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.
Includes auto, large trucks, and farm equipment filters.
Two to four 55-gallon drums (covered by a yellow or black tarp) are available at each Drop-Off Center.
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.
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.