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Curbside Recycling 101

Residential curbside recycling is a service offered by many municipalites in Madison County. Although it is mostly straightforword, misinformation and unclear labeling can cause confusion. Use the tips and guidelines below to help ensure effective recycling practices and cut down on contamination by non-recyclable items.

What Can Be Recycled Through Madison County Curbside Pick-Up ?

Click here to download the All-In-One Recycling flyer from Madison County's main waste hauler, Republic Services, or refer to the guide below.  

PaperforRecycling 
   
   Paper


  • Newspaper, magazines, brochures
  • Cardboard
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Mail and phone books
 PlasticsforRecycling
    Plastics

  • Plastics #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7 plastic containers
  • Includes bottles, jars, jugs, and other rigid plastics
  • Food and beverage cartons
 MetalsforRecycling  
   Cans

  • Aluminum and metal cans
  • Loose jar lids
  • Metal bottle caps
  • Aluminum foil
 GlassforRecycling  
  Glass

  • Glass bottles 
  • Loose jar lids
  • Metal bottle caps
  • Aluminum foil
Please, no plastic bags, napkins, styrofoam, or food waste.   

Common Recycling Myths

Myth: If an item has a recycling symbol, I can place it in my curbside bin. 
Fact: An item's ability to be recycled depends on whether or not your local waste hauler has the means to recycle it. Just because it can be recycled somewhere doesn't mean it is recyclable in Madison County.  
Myth: If I'm unsure whether or not an item can be recycled, I'll place it in the bin and the waste hauler can sort it out. 
Fact: Non-recyclable items are considered contamination. Rising percentages of contamination may prevent haulers and recycling facilities from accepting materials in the future.
Myth: If plastic bags cannot be placed in curbside recycling, they must be thrown in the trash. 
Fact: Although plastic bags can't be placed in curbside bins, they are completely recyclable. Click here to find a plastic bag drop-off location near you. 

Recycling Unconventional Items


Many items that are not eligible for curbside recycling can still be recycled by other means. View the dropdown list below to find local resources for disposing of common items. 

Where can I recycle...

Batteries?

Electronics?

Household chemicals?

Latex paint?

Medications?

Plastic bags and wraps?

Shoes?

Textiles and old clothing?

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