Georgetown-Scott County Recycling Center

What is Recycling?

80% of trash is recyclable. Most items that we use every day have containers that are made of materials that can be recycled and used over and over.

Recycling is the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products. By using such materials we reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from land-filling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal.

Items We Accept

  • Aluminum
  • Any paper product
  • Automobile batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Lawn and garden tractor batteries
  • Plastics No. 1 and No. 2
  • Telephone books

Items We Don't Accept

  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Microwaves
  • Paint
  • Styrofoam

Appliance Program Items

  • Dish Washers
  • Dryers
  • Heaters
  • Hot Water
  • Humidifiers
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Washers


There are two types of plastic: Number 1 and Number 2.

An image demonstrating the images on No. 1 and No. 2 recyclable plastics.

Plastic No. 1

This kind of plastic is called polyethylene terephthalate, or PETE. Most disposable soda and water bottles are made of this. It is usually clear.

Plastic No. 2

This kind of plastic is called high density polyethylene, or HDPE. Most milk jugs, detergent bottles, juice bottles, butter tubs, and toiletry bottles are made of this. It is usually opaque.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Reduce: Try to buy goods with less packaging or made from recycled materials.
  • Reuse: Try to reuse plastic items
  • Recycle: Make something new out of something old.

Do your part and pitch it in! If you'd like to spread this information, download our Georgetown-Scott County Recycling Center Information Flyer (PDF).

Fun Facts

  • Five 2-Liter bottles can make an extra-large t-shirt.
  • For every ton of paper we recycle, we save enough energy to power a TV for 31 hours.
  • Recycled aluminum is back on store shelves in about 60 days.