Missed trash or recycling pickup? :Contact the City of Fort Wayne by dialing 311 or click here to submit a service request.
260-449-7878 info@acwastewatcher.org

Learn About Recycling

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!

Related FAQs

What should I do if my trash or recycling didn’t get picked up?

Call the City of Fort Wayne at 311 (260-427-8311) or email 311@cityoffortwayne.org. Call your local municipality if you live outside of the City of Fort Wayne.

Where can I report an issue with my curbside trash or recycling bin?

Call the City of Fort Wayne at 311 (260-427-8311) or email 311@cityoffortwayne.org. Call your local municipality if you live outside of the City of Fort Wayne.

Where can I recycle old appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners?

Refrigerators and air conditioners contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that must be reclaimed before disposal or recycling. Find a specialized recycler in Allen County near you.

How can I set up recycling for my business?

Our Sustainability Coordinator can help you with a waste audit or provide information for private contractors to service your business.  

jodi.leamon@co.allen.in.us

(260) 449-7879

What can I do with used automotive fluids?

Take them to Hires Automotive for recycling, another auto service store, or our HHW collection.

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What should I do with my Christmas Tree?

Find our seasonal listing of sites to drop-off trees after the holiday in the current events section on our homepage.

When is Tox Away Day?

Instead of once per year, we now offer Household Hazardous Waste Collection every Tuesday!

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How do I find out who picks up my trash or recycling?

If you are in Fort Wayne, call the City at (260) 427-8311 or 311.  If you are in another town in Allen County, contact your local utilities department.

What should I do with old latex paint?

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.

What should I do with the household hazardous waste products in my house if I am moving?

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!