Residents have been recycling for over seven years in this area. Over 45,000 tons of material have been collected from the curb or recycling drop boxes and have eventually ended up at the recycling center in Carroll. At the recycling center, the materials are sorted, processed and sent to a mill or manufacturer where they are made into something "new".             * also includes part of Calhoun County
Your Recycling Bin Accepted Made into

All food and beverage jars and bottles (including all colors of glass). Examples: soft drink, juice, beer and wine bottles; spaghetti sauce, baby food, pickle, mayonnaise jars.
  • Empty and rinse jars and bottles
  • Throw away the lids
  • Lables are okay
  • Food and beverage containers only.
Mirrors, window glass, drinking glass, plates, pottery, ceramics and light bulbs are not recyclable.

New glass jars
and bottles


All aluminum foil containers, tin food and beverage cans. Examples: aluminum or crumpled foil, foil pie plates, juice cans, canned fruit and vegetable cans.
  • Empty and rinse cans.
  • Lables are okay.
  • Place lid inside rinsed can.
Metal pots and pans, kitchen appliances, furniture, furance filters and aluminum siding are NOT recyclable.

New cans


Clear and colored plastic containers with a or a recycling symbol.
Examples: Milk Jugs, soft drinks and juice bottles, detergent and bleach bottles.
  • Empty and rinse all jugs and bottles.
  • Flatten all milk jugs and detergent bottles.
  • Throw away all lids.
  • ONLY number (1) or (2) in the recycling symbol.
    Most symbols sre on the bottom of the bottle. NO other numbers please.
Plastic food container with a number 3 through 7, plastic bags, styrofoam products, toys, flower pots, waste baskets, laundry baskets, or Tupperware type products are NOT recyclable

4' x'8 sheets of plastic lumber, bird feeders, t-shirts, sweatshirts, picnic tables, park benches and playground equipment.

E Waste We will no longer be able to accept electronic waste. Please call the office to arrange pick up.  
  • ALL glass jars & bottles, cans and plastic jugs can be mixed in the bottom of your recycling bin.
    Do not put these materials in separate plastic bags. All these materials must be clean.

Your Recycling Bin Accepted Made into

Newspapers (including all inserts), phone books, magazines, catalogs, office paper and box board containers (cereal boxes, gift boxes, shoe boxes).
  • Remove all plastic liners from box board containers and flatten the boxes.
  • All the above paper products may be mixed and must be bagged or bundled.
  • Place bagged or bundled paper products on top of or beside your recycling bin.
  • Do not place paper products loose in your recycling bin or mix with your glass, cans or plastic containers.
  • Set out only on dry days - If it is raining, please hold paper items until next recycling day.
Hard cover books, fax paper, wax paper, junk mail, tissue paper and wood products are NOT

New newspapers, magazines, office paper and other grades of paper


Corrugated cardboard boxes - the type of cardboard with two layers of paper surrounding an inner layer of fluted/wavy paper.
  • Remove all contents.
  • Flatten all boxes.
  • Cut boxes down to 2' x2' pieces.
  • If several pieces, tie with light string into bundle.
  • Place cardboard bundle beside or underneath your recycling bin.
Wax paper, milk cartons, pizza boxes and dirty cardboard boxes are not recyclable.

New cardboard boxes


  • Clean dry, and wearable clothing.

  • Do not remove buttons or zippers.

  • Can be mixed with bagged/bundled paper products.

Textiles and dirty clothing, carpets, rags, rugs, shoes, and belts are NOT recyclable.

Sent to third world countries where it is worn.

It is very important that every resident in the area recycle the right way. Please remember to rinse all containers and put them in the bottom of your recycling bin. Do NOT mix paper products with your containers. If your materials are dirty, or paper products are mixed with containers, or materials are included which are not part of the recycling program, your local hauler will be forced to treat materials in the bin as trash or will not be able to collect it. Don't waste your time and effort... Do it right!!


IF you have questions about the recycling program in your county, please call the number listed below:

Audubon County Solid Waste........712-563-3589
Carroll County Solid Waste...........712-792-5001
Crawford County Solid Waste.......712-263-2449
Guthrie County Transfer Station...515-747-3764
Shelby County Solid Waste...........712-755-5010