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.

***UPDATE JUNE 2019***

Acceptable Items

Aluminum cans

Steel food cans (Please rinse. Labels can stay on.)

Plastic screw top bottles and jugs (The top should be smaller than the bottom. Don’t worry about the #.)

Dry corrugated cardboard with packing material removed (Do NOT recycle boxes that are made to go in the refrigerator or freezer such as soda boxes or frozen meals or pizza boxes.) 

Paper products: newspapers ONLY at this time.

Appliances, Electronics

Batteries (cars and lawn equipment only)

* The Recycle Center is temporarily not accepting paper products. These items should be bagged and thrown away. This includes cereal boxes, egg cartons, etc.  These are all paper products.  Once the center secures a reliable outlet for these materials, residents will be encouraged to recycle them again.

Unwanted items

Please DO NOT bring your trash to the Recycle Center.  Not only does it make it less efficient, many of the unwanted items can damage equipment or pose a risk to workers. Please dispose of trash accordingly. Here is a list of some common items that we DO NOT take:

Plastic bags, wrap, and film (several stores accept plastic bags for recycling.)

Hoses

Bungee cords

Clothes (Several charities will accept clothing and other cloth items for reuse.)

Glass and ceramics

Packaging intended for the refrigerator or freezer: soft drink carrier cases, frozen-food boxes, etc.

Styrofoam containers or clam shell packaging

Disposable cups, hot or cold

Plastic yogurt cups

Wrapping and tissue paper


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

Plastics

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.