We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to. – Terri Swearingen

Recycling Open 24/7

Accepted Materials

We Accept

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel (Tin) Cans
  • Newspaper
  • Office Paper
  • Junk Mail
  • Shredded Paper in paper bags
  • Paperboard (Cereal boxes, etc.)
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Telephone Books
  • Catalogs
  • Paper and Hardback Books
  • Plastics (1-7)

Plastics accepted
For information about glass recycling please click here.

For information about Household Hazardous Waste recycling please click here.

For information about recycling damaged or obsolete computer equipment please click here.

For information about E-waste collection (for old electronic items) please click here.

For information about bicycle recycling (including parts) please click here.

No-No List

Below is our hit list of the worst recycling contaminants that must not go in the recycling bin. Please help make single-stream recycling a success by keeping these materials out.

No Glass
Seperate glass recycling containers can be found in some locations. Visit our Glass Recycling page for information.
No Materials in Bags (except for shredded paper in paper bags)
Workers have to slow the conveyor belts to rip open bags that contain recyclables. If you bring recyclables in bags, empty the materials into the container then take the empty bag home for reuse.
No Non-Recyclable Plastic Lids or Caps
Plastic lids and caps that are not stamped with a recycle symbol are NOT recyclable on or off the bottle. There is no market for this plastic.
No Non-Recyclable Plastics
No Styrofoam or plastic bags, even if they are marked with a recycle number (#), or other plastics not listed on the acceptable materials list. There are some plastics that are not recyclable.
No Caps or Lids left on Containers
Remove all caps from containers. Metal caps and jar lids can be recycled as can plastic lids stamped with a recycle symbol. Throw non-recyclable plastic caps and lids in trash.
No PVC Pipes or Non-Recyclable Plastic Toys
The plastic in PVC pipe and plastic toys (unless toy is stamped with recycle symbol) is not recyclable.
No Liquids
Liquids left in containers contaminate other materials and ruin them for recycling. Please completely empty and briefly rinse all containers before recycling them.
No Diapers or Bio-Hazardous Waste
Diapers, syringes, needles, and other sanitary products are not recyclable or compostable
No Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste such as paint, automotive fluids, car batteries, and pesticides must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste collection events. The containers these products come in are not acceptable for recycling.
No Scrap Metal
Scrap metal is not accepted for Single-Stream recycling.
No Kitty Litter Bags, Fertilizer Bags, Pesticide Bags, or Plastic Bags

No Yard Waste or Construction Materials.

The most sustainable action we can take regarding bags is to say ‘NO’ to paper and plastic and take your own cloth bag(s) for continual reuse.  However, we all know it is difficult to avoid accumulating some plastic bags even when we practice taking our own reusable bag. This link provides information to lessen the plastic bag impact.

For other materials go to Recyclespot.org.

This recycling program is a partnership between the Cass County Sustainability Committee and Town  & Country Disposal, Inc. with grant funding provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District.
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