Where are the drop off centers for recyclables in Louisville, KY

You just ate the last bit of cereal for breakfast and are left with an empty box. What are you going to do with it? Thrown in the trash can or toss it into the recycling bin?

Some of the most common reasons why people do not recycle are that it is inconvenient, they do not know what is recyclable, or they simply do not care.

Recycling has a huge impact because it eliminates some of the waste that can leave a damaging impression on the environment. With a collective effort, we can reduce our need for landfills and make a better environment for future generations.

To help out, we have created this easy-to-read recycling guide that has the tools you need so you know what is recyclable, where to recycle, and what to do with those items you cannot recycle.

What Can You Recycle?

Through advancements in recycling technology, the list of what is recyclable is continuously growing. This can make it tough to remember what is and what is not recyclable. So we have done the thinking for you. Here is a list of all the common items that can be recycled in the Louisville, KY area.

Paper Recycling

Almost every person uses paper in some way, shape, or form every single day. Because of this, paper makes up about 29% or 71 million tons of total waste each year. Yikes! But recent studies have shown that a whopping 45 million tons are recycled each year in America. Maybe one day, all paper will be recycled and repurposed.

Paper products that are acceptable:

  • Flattened cardboard
  • Paper containers, paper cups
  • Milk, juice, & soup cartons
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Cereal/snack boxes
  • Office paper
  • Shredded paper (must be in a paper bag)
  • Junk mail (be sure to remove your name/address)
  • Phone books

Plastic Recycling

Plastic is a flexible lightweight material that is great at keeping leftovers fresh. Yet, it uses fossil fuels in its production and causes harm to the environment when it is not recycled properly. It’s important to also note that in order for plastic to be acceptable, it must be clean. If your leftover spaghetti dinner is stuck to the container, it could contaminate an entire load, causing all that recyclable plastic to end up in the landfill.

Many believe that the number on the bottom of the plastic container is an indication of whether or not it’s recyclable. It’s not. Those numbers indicate its plastic type only. The best way to know if a plastic is recyclable is to look at its shape. Jugs, jars, and bottles are all acceptable.

Plastic products that are acceptable:

  • Water bottles
  • Shampoo/soap/detergent bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Contact solution bottles

Metal Recycling

According to Waste Management, of the 2.7 million tons of metal Americans discard each year, only 50% is recycled. When you recycle metals, you not only help the environment, you also save on the amount of energy that is used to produce it. When metal is recycled, it saves 74% of the energy that is used to produce it.

As with any recyclable, the metal must be free of any food or product waste.

Metal products that are acceptable:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil and bakeware
  • Steel & Tin cans (soup cans, soda cans, beer cans)

Glass Recycling

Thanks to everyone’s recycling efforts, most glass jars and bottles are made with about 27% recycled glass. While glass is not an acceptable recyclable in all areas, it is accepted here in Louisville, KY.

In order for the glass to be acceptable, it must be in one piece and free of food and dirt. Broken glass is a hazard for the people who collect and sort recyclables. So, unfortunately, broken glass needs to wrapped in newspaper and disposed of in the trash.

Glass products that are acceptable:

  • Clear Glass/Jars
  • Amber Glass/Jars
  • Green Glass/Jars

Battery Recycling

Many of the components found in batteries can be reused and repurposed to make new batteries or even other products. For example, the sulfuric acid found in car batteries can be broken down and purified to make fertilizer and dyes.

It is important to remember that batteries of any kind should not be combined with your common home recyclables. Since they contain chemicals, they need to be taken to a facility that can properly recycle them.

Batteries that are acceptable:

  • Car batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Button Batteries
  • Rechargeable Batteries

Electronic Recycling

Electronics that are broken, dated, or just ready for the graveyard is referred to as “e-waste.” E-waste should never be combined with other recyclable items. Instead, they need to be taken to facilities that are knowledgeable in the deconstruction and removal of the components that can be reused.

Electronics that are acceptable:

  • Cell phones
  • Compact discs (CDs) and CD players
  • Computers
  • Copiers
  • Digital cameras
  • Electronic game systems
  • Floppy disks
  • Microwaves
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Tapes and disk drives
  • Television sets
  • VCRs

To learn more about e-waste and where you can recycle electronics in Louisville, KY, jump on over to our article about electronic recycling.

Appliance Recycling

You have purchased a new energy efficient appliance for your home. Now you are wondering what to do with the old one. Depending on where you purchased your new appliance, many stores will haul away the old one for you and recycle it. If they don’t, or they tell you they will just dump it in the closest landfill, then it’s a great idea to recycle it!

Most appliances, especially older models, are made largely of metal, which is of course recyclable. Air conditioners and refrigerators contain chemicals that are used to chill air, and these chemicals are harmful to the environment. When recycled, these chemicals are properly and safely recycled to be used in other products.

Appliances that are acceptable:

  • Air conditioners
  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Freezers
  • Furnaces
  • Garbage disposals
  • Heat pumps
  • Microwaves
  • Ovens
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves and ranges
  • Trash compactors
  • Water heaters

Where Can I Recycle in Louisville, KY?

Depending on what you are recycling, there are several options for you.

  • Curbside Pickup
    • The city of Louisville offers free curbside pickup for many residents. Paper, plastic, glass, and metal are all accepted through this service. If curbside pickup is not offered by the city, private waste haulers are required to offer curbside pickup to any customer who requests it. Click here to find out if your area is serviced by the city’s curbside pickup service.
  • Drop-off Locations
    • For residents that are not offered curbside pickup or do not want someone coming to their home to collect, there are several drop-off facilities that are located in Louisville, KY. Check out the table below for locations and what types of items they accept.
  • Grocery Stores
    • Many grocery stores in and around the Louisville Metro area recycle plastic bags. So the next time you head to the grocery, look for drop off containers near the front of the store or ask customer service where they are located.
  • Automobile Shops
    • Many mechanic shops will gladly take and recycle car batteries. The next time you are in for an oil change, ask if they accept car batteries or if they know of a shop nearby that does.

Recycling Centers Near Me

 PaperPlastic GlassMetalElectronicsOther
East District Public Works Yard
595 N. Hubbards Lane
Southwest Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway
7501 Grade Lane
820 West Broadway
Bluegrass Recycle
1361 S. 15th St.
ISA Recycling
7100 Grade Lane
Waste Reduction Center
636 Meriwether Ave.
Metro Fire Company
3228 River Park Drive
Metro Fire Company
1500 South 6th Street
Metro Fire Company
235 East Jefferson St.
Middletown Firehouse
108 Urton Lane

Recycling Centers Near Me

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  PaperPlastic GlassMetalElectronicsOther
East District Public Works Yard
595 N. Hubbards Lane
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Southwest Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway
7501 Grade Lane
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820 West Broadway
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Bluegrass Recycle
1361 S. 15th St.
ISA Recycling
7100 Grade Lane
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Waste Reduction Center
636 Meriwether Ave.
Metro Fire Company
3228 River Park Drive
Metro Fire Company
1500 South 6th Street
Metro Fire Company
235 East Jefferson St.
Middletown Firehouse
108 Urton Lane

What To Do With The Items You Can’t Recycle

Wouldn’t it be great if everything were recyclable? Unfortunately, this is not the case. At least not yet. For the items that cannot be recycled, there are several options available to you.

  • Sell It
  • Donate It
  • Take advantage of Louisville’s junk day. You can find specific junk days for your area here.
  • If you have a lot of items that need to be trashed, like before a move or after a remodel, you can always take the time to drive it to the dump yourself or you can rent a dumpster for Economy Dumpster. We will drop off the dumpster at your home or construction site, then come haul it away for you! To rent a dumpster, contact us today!

Items You Didn’t Know Were Recyclable

When the term “recycling” comes to mind, many think of the usual paper, plastic, glass, and metal. There are other items that are great for recycling, but since they are not as common, they are often forgotten and tossed in the trash.

List of some uncommon recyclables, according to Rick LeBlanc of The Balance Small Business blog:

  • Pet Fur
  • Old Bras
  • Glasses & Hearing Aids
  • Mattresses
  • Pantyhose
  • CDs
  • Tennis Balls
  • Wine Corks
  • Running Shoes
  • Gift Cards, Credit Cards, & Hotel Keys
  • Dentures
  • Chewed Gum
  • Holiday Lights
  • Crayons
  • Compact Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Toilets
  • Cigarette waste
  • Solo Cups
  • Artificial Christmas Trees

Many of these items are in the beginning stages of recycling and are only recycled in a few places, some only in other countries. Hopefully, in the near future, every city in America will be recycling more and more items.

Recycle, It’s Your Future Too

Recycling has come a long way since its early beginnings. Each year, more items are being added to the list and reducing the amount of waste that is dumped into landfills. With all the information we gave you in this article, we hope we helped you learn more about recycling and where you can take your items.

With the growing number of recycling centers, there is no reason why everyone can’t pitch in and help save the environment. So the next time you have a lot of items in your home you need to get rid of, we hope you will either recycle them or rent a hassle-free dumpster in the Louisville, KY area from Economy Dumpster. Let us handle all of your residential and construction waste needs.

Happy Recycling!