There are 3 R's in waste management...REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE.

 REDUCE  - You can practice reduction by selecting products that do not have to be added to landfills or the waste  stream in general.

 REUSE  - You can reuse materials in their original form instead of throwing them away, or pass those  materials on to others who could use them too.  Remember, one man's trash is another man's treasure! 

 RECYCLE  - Recycling occurs when you save and take reusable materials to places where they can be remade into either the same product or new products, rather than just toss them in the trash.  Look for a list of what your local community recycles and do your part to promote a healthy and safe environment for years to come. 

  Things to Think About When Recycling... 

  • First and foremost - buy and use less. Buy only what you need and use all of what you buy.
  • Avoid single serve containers whenever possible.
  • Think big! Buy in bulk. Packaging is expensive and wasteful. This not only reduces waste but also saves you money.
  • Refuse plastic store bags. Take a reusable bag with you to the store.
  • Say no to junk mail. Call toll free numbers and ask to be removed from mailing lists.
  • When you use disposables like plastic cups, utensils, and food storage bags, don't throw them away. Wash and reuse them.
  • Hold a yard sale or donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity.
  • Try to repair broken objects rather than throwing away and buying new. You will be helping the environment and your pocketbook too! 



WHAT to Recycle in Putnam County...

 Whether you recycle at one of the county drop-off sites or at the 24 hour recycling facilities, the materials that are accepted for recycling is the same.

 **Recyclable Products need to be sorted into the following categories...**  

 Paper Bin 

  • Magazines, office paper, catalogs, copy paper, envelopes, phone books, junk mail and newspapers. Please take out of plastic bags.

Cardboard Bin 

  • Flattened/broken down corrugated sheets and boxes, flattened chipboard (cake, cereal, cracker boxes), file folders, poster board, paper egg cartons, and pizza boxes. Please cut out any oil contamination in pizza boxes.   Please cut down large boxes and remove any plastic. 

     Plastic Bin 

  • Mostly beverage bottles or milk jugs, laundry & bathing bottles.  Look for identifying number inside triangle on these items usually located at the base of the container and they need to be number 1 or 2.  Examples milk jugs, two liter bottles, water bottles, etc. NO LARGE OR THICK ITEMS,  STYROFOAM, BAGS, SALT BAGS, BLACK PLASTICS and NO HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTAINERS   **TIP: Not all plastic container numbers match their lids.**

 Metal Bin

  • Metal - All cans, aluminum, tin, lids, and aluminum foil that do not have food on them. 

 Glass Bin - Glass ONLY! 

  • Glass - Clean food and beverage containers.  No longer separated by color. Please remove plastic & metal lids and put them in the correct bins.


 What Cannot Be Recycled in Putnam County... 

  •  No Styrofoam.
  • No plastic bags and no salt bags.  No thick or large plastic items.  No black plastic. No household hazardous waste containers.
  •  Paper containers with wax or plastic coatings are not recyclable such as pet food bags, seed bags if it has the plastic liner in it or frozen food packages. 
  •  Containers must be rinsed of food and other contaminants. 
  • At this time, we ask there to be NO pane glass or plexiglass, ornamental glass, pyrex or cookware glass, windshield glass, paint or paint cans, tires, televisions, batteries, light bulbs, construction materials or any type of household garbage/hazardous waste be put into the recycling bins.  Please see our 'Resources' tab for other alternatives for the disposal of these types of items.