Don't know where to start?
Learn more about us first.
We're on a mission toward a zero-waste future.
We assist the community of Allen County, Indiana, in reducing its environmental footprint, and facilitate best practices for reusing, recycling, and composting.
A Material Girl Goes Green podcast has launched!
New to an environmentally friendly lifestyle? Considering beginning your low-waste journey? Start your morning commute right with A Material Girl Goes Green podcast!
New episodes release every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. You can tune into any platform where you listen to podcasts.
Recycling site relocated to Byron Health Center
As of Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the Community Recycling Drop-off Site located at Sam’s Club on Lima Road closed. The new site is located at the parking lot adjacent to the Byron Health Center (12101 Lima Road). Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Programs in Allen County
Our programs offer Allen County residents, businesses, and organization an opportunity to reduce their waste footprint to create a healthy and safe environment for all.
Community Recycling Drop-off Sites
Live in an apartment or forgot to take your recycling to the curb? Recycle your items at our sites free of charge.
Education & Outreach
Request a presentation or workshop by ACDEM for your business, organization, or school in Allen County.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Dispose of household chemicals safely at our Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Food Waste Reduction
Wasting food wastes all the resources needed to grow it and causes greenhouse gas emissions along every step of the way from production to disposal. Learn how to prevent waste and get excess food to those in need in Allen County.
Automotive Fluid Recycling
Find an automotive oil recycling location near you.
Recycle broken or unwanted electronics properly at our business partner site Omnisource.
Fluorescent Bulb Recycling
Recycle fluorescent light bulbs free of charge at our business partner sites and Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Allen County.
Household Battery Recycling
Recycle household batteries free of charge at our business partner sites and Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Allen County.
Organic Waste and Composting
What to do with yard waste and other organic material like food scraps.
ACDEM will present a talk about "Everyday Sustainability" with an emphasis on zero-waste living and composting. Reusable bags, reusable utensils, and Waste Watcher Guides will be provided to attendees.
About the Symposium:
Join the Allen County Master Gardeners for our 2020 Purdue Extension Gardener Symposium: Spring Brings Flower Power on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Purdue Fort Wayne, Walb Union. Registration and refreshments start at 8:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Educational talks continue throughout the day and will end at 3 p.m. This day-long educational symposium is open to the public. $40 per attendee.
ACDEM's presentation "Everyday Sustainability" will begin at 11 a.m. View speaker schedule here: https://bit.ly/3b81PEP
Event Time: 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Walb Student Union, Purdue University Fort Wayne
Come learn and connect with the Northeast Indiana local food community. Jodi Leamon, ACDEM's Sustainability Coordinator, will present on the panel discussion "Charitable Food System: Food Waste Reduction and Feeding Hungry People." Jodi will be joined by representatives from the Society of St. Andrew Society and Community Harvest Food Bank to share how these organizations are keeping food out of the landfill and getting it to those in need.
Register for the Forum here: neifood.org
Location: Purdue Fort Wayne
Purdue University Fort Wayne is celebrating its 31st Annual Health and Wellbeing Fair. ACDEM will provide a waste reduction trivia wheel and educational resources about ACDEM's programs that are available to residents in Allen County free of charge. Attendees who participate in our trivia wheel will get drawn in a raffle. The raffle prize includes a duffel bag, bamboo utensil kit, food container, cup with carabiner, and a foldable to-go bowl.
Learn more about the 31st Annual Health and Wellbeing Fair: pfw.edu/healthfair
Event Time: 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Location: Purdue University Fort Wayne Fieldhouse, Gates Athletic Center
Join staff and friends of Little River Wetlands Project at Eagle Marsh for their annual Earth Day Fort Wayne event. This will be a fun, informative afternoon with family-friendly activities. ACDEM will provide information about our latest battery disposal campaign and other community resources for reducing waste and recycling!
Event Time: 1-5 p.m.
Location: 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne (road will be closed)