Georgetown-Scott County Recycling Center

COVID-19 Update:  The Georgetown/Scott County Recycling Center will re-open and resume regular full time hours beginning Thursday, May 28th at 8:00 a.m.

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.

***UPDATED JUNE 2020***

Acceptable Items

•             Aluminum cans

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

•             Plastic screw top bottles and jugs only in #1 & #2.

•             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 (NO CRT TVS AND COMPUTER MONITORS)

•             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, used pizza boxes, etc.

•             Styrofoam containers or plastic clam shell packaging

•             Disposable cups, hot or cold

•             Plastic yogurt cups

•             Wrapping and tissue paper

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.

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.