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FAQs

Compost

What should I do with yard waste like grass, leaves, and brush?

Take yard waste to a compost site in Allen County. You might also consider starting your own compost bin to dispose of yard waste and food scraps.

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Events

When is Tire Amnesty Day?

Because so many private businesses have stepped up to offer tire recycling, we no longer need to offer this service. Please see our recyclers listing under "tires". 

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When is Tox Away Day?

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

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Other

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!

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.

Programs

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

Recycle

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!

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.

When is Tire Amnesty Day?

Because so many private businesses have stepped up to offer tire recycling, we no longer need to offer this service. Please see our recyclers listing under "tires". 

Find a Location

When is Tox Away Day?

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

Learn More

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Reduce

How can I donate excess food to those in need or sign up to receive food?

Contact the Sustainability Coordinator to learn more about our food rescue programs. 

jodi.leamon@co.allen.in.us

(260) 449-7879

How can I learn how to reduce my environmental footprint at home or work?

ACDEM offers seminars, workshops, trainings, lectures, tabling at events, and more.  Give us a call to tailor something to your needs or find out where you can catch us in the community.

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Resources

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.

Reuse

Where can I donate items for re-use?

Several charity organizations benefiting people and animals will accept gently used items to further their missions.  See our REUSE section https://acwastewatcher.org/reuse .

Where can I get items repaired to give them a new life? 

Tailors, cobblers, and electronics stores are able to fix many things to save them from the landfill. You can also borrow tools and get assistance fixing your own items in some locations.

See our listings. 

Where can I donate items I no longer want?

Many clothing, shoes, and other household items can be donated to a variety of agencies. There is an alternative to throwing away almost everything. Post for free/sale online, give to a local charity, or call us to let us help you with the details.

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Uncommon Items

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 my Christmas Tree?

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

What can I do with used automotive fluids?

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

Find a specific location