Why, Where & How to Recycle
Recycle items to extend their life cycle, preserve natural resources, and benefit the local economy.
Recyclable materials are a commodity that have to be sold and re-manufactured to save natural resources. The cleaner our recyclable materials, the higher their value. Let's keep recyclables Empty. Clean. and Dry to support a local circular economy in Allen County!
Refrigerators and air conditioners contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that must be reclaimed before disposal or recycling. Find a specialized recycler in Allen County near you.
Find our seasonal listing of sites to drop-off trees after the holiday in the current events section on our homepage.
ACDEM offers several drop-off sites for residents to recycle.
Instead of once per year, we now offer Household Hazardous Waste Collection every Tuesday!
Latex paint can be disposed of properly by taking the lid off the container and letting it air dry. Set the paint can beside your regular trash for pickup. Leave the lid off so your waste hauler can see the paint is dry.
Optional: Add cat litter or sawdust to the remaining paint to speedup the process. The paint will dry completely in a day or two using this method.
Give away unwanted household hazardous waste products to those who may want to use them or take products to our Tox-Away Tuesdays program open to Allen County households every Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Please DO NOT leave your toxic chemicals for the new homeowners!