Additional Recycling Info
You may drop off aluminum at any of the convenience centers located in the county. Aluminum is recycled separately from other metals. We also separate aluminum cans from scrap aluminum. Please drain all cans thoroughly.
Some examples of aluminum include:
- Beverage cans
- Foil (clean)
- Lounge chairs
- Pie plates (clean)
- Storm doors
- Storm windows
Have a hard time telling aluminum and metal apart? A magnet will stick to metal but will not stick to aluminum.
We provide antifreeze recycling at the Waste Management Department convenience center only. This service is free of charge and available to residents of the county (no businesses, including farms).
Please put your antifreeze in a closed container. There is a five gallon limit per citizen per visit (no businesses).
The following materials are acceptable to dispose of in the antifreeze recycling tank:
- Ethylene Glycol based from engine cooling systems. Propylene Glycol is not accepted.
- This varies in color and includes the following colors:
Batteries are the single most recycled product in the United States with a 97% recycling rate. Lead-acid batteries are recycled by separating the battery into three components: plastic, lead and sulfuric acid.
Lead-acid batteries primarily power units such as automobiles, boats, lawn mowers, motorcycles and trucks.
Rechargeable batteries are a long-lasting power source for many electronic devices including cell phones, cordless phones, cordless power tools, digital cameras, laptop computers, mp3 players and two-way radios.
Most households use an average of six wireless products which are powered by rechargeable batteries everyday. Rechargeable batteries can be recharged up to 1,000 charges depending on frequency of use, proper handling and charging. Eventually they will no longer hold a full charge and must be replaced. This is when they can and should be recycled.
The following types of rechargeable batteries are accepted:
- Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
- Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
- Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
- Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)
- Small Sealed Lead (SSLA/Pb)
Please place the battery in a sealed plastic bag or tape the terminal/contacts with electrical or duct tape.
Alkaline batteries and batteries over 11 pounds can not be accepted for recycling.
All of the convenience centers accept lead acid and rechargeable batteries for recycling. Please see the convenience center attendant for assistance in where to place your lead-acid and rechargeable batteries.
We accept brush and yard waste at the Waste Management Department convenience center only.
The following materials are acceptable and may be dumped on the ground:
- Fire wood (cut into lengths for wood stoves)
- Grass clippings
- Leaves (bagged or loose)
- Tree limbs
Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) is one of the easiest materials to recycle. This is because the fiber in cardboard has already been processed.
Cardboard has three layers and can be identified by two layers of paperboard sandwiching a layer of "wavy" paperboard..
Bubble wrap, grease, packing peanut and styrofoam contaminate the process of recycling cardboard. Dispose of any contaminated cardboard and packaging with your household waste.
Any wax-coated cardboard, such as boxes used to keep flowers, meat or produce cool during shipping and milk or orange juice cartons, are not accepted.
Please make sure that all cardboard boxes are broken down (flattened) before recycling.
Paperboard is not cardboard, but the two are often confused. Paperboard, such as, beverage cartons, cereal boxes, some shoe boxes and tissue boxes are not cardboard. These items should be recycled with your mixed paper.
For every ton of cardboard recycled, it saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space. In 2010, the convenience centers recycled an estimated 180 tons of cardboard. This is equal to around 1,600 cubic yards of landfill space. Cardboard also brings in revenue for the County.
We recycle used cell phones and accessories. Cell phones can be dropped off at any of the convenience centers, the County Administration Office and Cellular Now/U.S. Cellular in Appomattox. Cell phones collected are donated to the "Cell Phones for Soldiers" program. This program was started as a way to show appreciation for the men and woman who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces. The Cell Phone for Soldiers program sells the phones and purchases prepaid calling cards that are given to our troops. Cell phones that are donated to this program are tax deductible. A donation receipt can be downloaded at the following link: Cell Phones for Soldiers.
We recycle electronics at all of the convenience centers. Please see the convenience center attendant for assistance.
Acceptable items for electronics recycling:
- Computers: desktop and laptop models (working or not)
- CD and DVD players
We recycle metal at all of the convenience centers.
Acceptable items for metal recycling include:
- Bed rails
- Metal appliances
- Metal box springs
- Metal folding chairs
- Nails, nuts, bolts
- Pressurized tanks that are cut in half (recommend using a professional to cut)
- Vehicle gas tanks (must be cut in half or crushed)
- Wire fencing (no barbed wire)
Items must be 80% metal. Only a small amount of fabric, plastic, wood or any other material may be attached to the metal.
We provide mixed paper recycling at all of the convenience centers located in the county.
Paper is one of the most frequently used materials in homes, schools, offices and businesses throughout our community. Every day we use some form of paper products. For example, the newspaper we read in the morning, the box that holds our cereal, the paper our children use at school, and the paper used in the office and businesses. Wherever we go, paper is there to help at every turn.
Paper makes up the largest portion of municipal solid waste. The more paper we recycle the less solid waste we will dispose of in our landfills. For every ton of paper recycled, it saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. In 2010 the Convenience Centers recycled an estimated 236 tons of mixed paper. This is equal to approximately 778 cubic yards of landfill space. Mixed paper also brings in revenue for the County.
Mixed paper that can be recycled includes:
- Toilet tissue rolls
- Food boxes (remove liners)
- Gift boxes
- Gift wrapping paper
- Junk mail
- Office and notebook paper
- Paper bags
- Paper towel rolls
- Phone books
- Paperboard shoe boxes
The following paper is not acceptable for recycling:
- Bathroom tissue
- Carbon paper
- Facial tissue
- Foil wrapping paper
- Paper that has been contaminated with food or oil
- Paper cups
- Paper plates
- Paper towels
- Pet food bags
- Plastic laminated paper
We provide oil recycling at the Waste Management Department convenience center only. This service is free of charge and available to residents of the county (no businesses, including farms).
There is a five gallon limit per citizen per visit.
The following materials are acceptable to dispose of in the oil recycling tank:
- Motor Oil
- Transmission Fluid
- Gear Oil
- Hydraulic Oil
- Diesel Fuel
- Fuel Oil
- Power Steering Fluid
This is an inclusive list and no other materials are accepted for oil recycling.
Oil filters are accepted at all of the convenience centers. Please bring the filters in a container that will not allow oil to leak out. The filters are stored in a closed container and you do not have to leave your container. No businesses.
We provide plastic recycling at all of the convenience centers.
Plastics are recycled for both economic and environmental reasons. Recycling and reuse of plastics have the obvious benefit of decreasing the amount of used plastics that end up in our landfills. Recycling one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space. Since our convenience centers opened we have recycled approximately 22 tons of plastic. This is equal to an estimated 165 cubic yards of landfill space. Plastic also brings in revenue for the County.
Plastics must not be mixed for recycling and it is hard to tell one from another by sight or touch. A small amount of the wrong type of plastic can contaminate the loaded blue container. Therefore, the plastic industry responded to this problem by developing cryptic markers commonly seen on the bottom of plastic containers. These markers do not mean that the plastic can be recycled or that the container uses recycled plastic, it only identifies the plastic type.
We currently recycle Number 1 PETE and Number 2 HDPE type plastic bottles and jugs.
Examples of Number 1 PETE include:
- Medicine containers
- Mouthwash bottles
- Salad dressing bottles
- Soda bottles
- Vegetable oil bottles
- Water bottles
After being processed by a recycling facility, Number 1 PETE can become fiberfill for winter coats, life jackets and sleeping bags,. It can be used to make bean bags, carpet, cassette tapes, combs, furniture, new plastic containers, rope, sails for boats, tennis ball felt, tote bags and vehicle bumpers.
Examples of Number 2 HDPE include:
- Bleach containers
- Household cleaner bottles
- Laundry detergent containers
- Motor oil containers
- Milk jugs
- Shampoo bottles
After being processed by a recycling facility, Number 2 HDPE can be recycled into doghouses, fencing, floor tiles, laundry detergent bottles, oil bottles, pens, picnic tables, piping, plastic lumber, rope and toys.
When preparing your plastic at home, please drain and crush all items. This will save you space and help facilitate the recycling process. If food is left in the container, rinsing may be necessary. Remove all caps and spray pumps from the containers and dispose of them with your household waste. Each of the convenience centers has a trash can located near the blue plastic container to dispose of the caps and spray pumps.
Each year 700 million empty printer cartridges used in copiers, fax machines and laser printers are thrown in the trash destined for landfills. It takes thousands of years for printer cartridges to breakdown.
Many people don't realize that most printer cartridges, such as, inkjet and laser toner cartridges can be recycled. The empty cartridges can be remanufactured and sold as low-cost "remanufactured cartridges." This provides an opportunity for buyers to save as much as 40-60% off the price of new original equipment manufacturer cartridges. Recycling empty cartridges helps to keep them out of our landfills and provides jobs.
Remanufactured cartridges are not accepted for recycling.
We accept "clean" rubble at the Waste Management Department convenience center only. Rubble consists of asphalt, brick, concrete and concrete block. There can not be any materials such as re bar, wood or wire with the rubble. Dirt stuck to the rubble is okay.
We accept unlimited loads (at no charge) which may be dumped on the ground.
Steel cans are so abundant in our daily lives that you possible open one every day. There are more than 1500 food items that come in steel cans, such as, pet food, soups and vegetables. Steel cans are often referred to as "tin cans," but the containers that your green beans come in are mostly made of steel. The term "tin" comes from the fact that some cans have a micro-thin coating of tin inside. The coating is applied to protect the flavor and prevent the can from corroding.
Steel is one of the most recycled materials in the world. It can be recycled again and again and does not lose its durability or quality through the recycling process. While raw materials are mixed in during manufacturing, starting with recycled steel makes the process less expensive and more eco-friendly. Some products that are made with recycled steel include: appliances, automobiles, bridges, cans, construction materials, desks, file cabinets, fire hydrants, guardrails and utility poles.
According to the Can Manufacturers Institute, a ton of steel recycled saves 2500 1lbs of iron ore, 1400 lbs. of coal and 120 lbs. of limestone. A pound of recycled steel provides enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for 26 hours.
If you are not sure if a can is steel or aluminum, remember a magnet sticks to steel and does not stick to aluminum.
We accept textiles for recycling at all of the convenience centers.
Acceptable items for textile recycling include but not limited to:
- Table cloths
- Wash cloths
Items can be worn and tattered but must be clean and dry.
Please, no carpets, pillows, rugs or stuffed animals.
Tires are only accepted for disposal at the Waste Management Facility convenience center. Only passenger or light pick-up tires are accepted. Residents are allowed to dispose of a maximum of eight tires per fiscal year (July 1-June 30)
Larger amounts of tires may be taken to Emanuel Tire which is located on the premises of the Waste Management Facility. There will be a charge for tires taken to Emanuel Tire.
We provide wood recycling at all of the convenience centers. The convenience centers accept small loads (8 foot bed, pick up truck) but the Waste Management Department convenience center is capable of accepting larger loads which may be dumped on the ground.
Only wood which is not painted, pressed or treated may be recycled.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Untreated fence post
- Untreated lumber
- Untreated pallets
Plywood is not recyclable, however, it can be set aside for citizens to obtain for reuse. Please see the center attendant for assistance.
Wood can not have shingles, trash or thick metal fasteners attached to it.