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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.
Contact us at 260-449-7878 or fill out our Speaker and Tabling Request Form.
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".
Instead of once per year, we now offer Household Hazardous Waste Collection every Tuesday!
The local landfill where trash is disposed of is owned by Republic Recycling and located at 6231 MacBeth Road, Fort Wayne. Learn how landfill gasses are used to make electricity at GM. View the GM Uses Landfill Gas to Make Electricity video.
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 am to 2 pm.
Please do not leave your toxic chemicals for the new homeowners!
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 speed up the process. The paint will dry completely in a day or two using this method.
Latex paint is also accepted for recycling at Tox-Away events. Fees apply.
Call the Allen County Department of Health at 260-449-4181 or submit a question on their website.
Items that are accepted in curbside recycling bins and Community Recycling Drop-off Sites get sorted by staff and machines at Republic Recycling's Materials Recovery Facility in Fort Wayne. Watch how recyclables get sorted locally in the Fort Wayne Pickers video.
Recycle electronics through our program. View the Electronics Recycling page to learn more.
Items that are accepted in curbside recycling bins and Community Recycling Drop-off Sites get sorted by staff and machines at Republic Recycling's Materials Recovery Facility in Fort Wayne. Watch how recyclables get sorted locally in this Fort Wayne Pickers video.
Review the dos and don'ts of curbside recycling in the City of Fort Wayne on the city's website.
Pizza boxes can be recycled in your curbside recycling cart or Community Recycling Drop-off Site as long as they are free of food and grease.
‼️ Tear off the top and recycle the clean material if the bottom of the box is greasy.
Staff who sort recyclables at the Materials Recovery Facility in Fort Wayne could miss the plastic bags as they sort the non-recyclable items on the fast-moving conveyor belt line. When the plastic bags get caught in the equipment, staff must shut down the line to have somebody go in and cut them out. This is time-consuming, costly, and dangerous.
Look for a plastic bag container at the entrance of your local grocery storefront to recycle plastic bags. Find a drop-off location and review the guidelines in advance on the Plastic Film Recycling website.
Review City of Fort Wayne recycling guidelines on the One Cart Recycling Program website. For more information, contact the City of Fort Wayne's Solid Waste Department at 311 or email the Solid Waste Department.
Review Allen County Department of Environmental Management's Community Recycling Drop-off Site guidelines on our Community Recycling Drop-off Sites website.
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.
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ACDEM offers several drop-off sites for residents to recycle.
Find our seasonal listing of sites to drop-off trees after the holiday in the current events section on our homepage.
Take them to Hires Automotive for recycling, another auto service store, or our HHW collection.
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Recycle electronics through our program.
Learn more about electronics recycling.
Refrigerators and air conditioners contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that must be reclaimed before disposal or recycling. Find a specialized recycler in Allen County near you.
Call the City of Fort Wayne at 311 260-427-8311 or email the City of Fort Wayne. Call your local municipality if you live outside of the City of Fort Wayne.
Learn how to transition toward a plastic-free lifestyle here, view the Reduce page.
The local landfill where trash is disposed of is owned by Republic Recycling and located at 6231 MacBeth Road, Fort Wayne. Learn how landfill gasses are used to make electricity at GM in this GM Uses Landfill Gas to Make Electricity video.
Review City of Fort Wayne recycling guidelines on the One Cart Recycling Program website. For more information, contact the City of Fort Wayne's Solid Waste Department at 311 or email the Soild Waste Department.
ACDEM offers seminars, workshops, trainings, lectures, tabling at events, and more. Give us a call at 260-449-7878 to tailor something to your needs or find out where you can catch us in the community.
Several charity organizations benefiting people and animals will accept gently used items to further their missions. See our Reuse page.
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.
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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. Call 260-449-7878.
Latex paint is also accepted for recycling at Tox-Away events. Fees apply - learn more on the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal page.