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How to recycle in Topeka and Shawnee County.

Please help us recycle properly in Shawnee County.  Regardless of your recycling service provider, here is what you can and cannot recycle in your curbside containers. And please, do not bag your recyclables.

Accepted in curbside and public drop off bins: Cardboard, Office Paper, Magazines, Junk Mail, Paper Sacks, Cereal and Cracker Boxes, Aluminum and Tin cans, Clean Aluminum Foil, Plastic Water Bottles, Plastic Buckets, Plastic Bottles & Tubs #1, #2, & #5.

Not Accepted: Plastic Grocery Bags, Pizza Boxes, Styrofoam of any Kind, Paper Plates, Milk Cartons or Juice Boxes, Used Motor Oil Bottles, Anything with Food Waste on it, Plastic #3, #4, #6, &#7, Anything Not on the List Above, AND GLASS.

GLASS – Any glass that is placed in the recycling container does not get recycled.  It is processed out of the recycle stream and ends up in the landfill.  If you would like to recycle glass, please deposit your glass in one of our purple glass containers.  We are looking to add more glass containers to make it more convenient to recycle glass.  The current locations for these are:

Auburn—District 2 SNCO Public Works Bldg.—1639 N. Washington St, Monday-Fri 7 am-3:30 pm

Rossville—Wehner’s Thriftway—551 E. US Highway 24 Traffic Way

Silver Lake–Senior Center, 404 E. Lake

Tecumseh—Albert Neese Masonic Lodge—5947 SE 45th Street

Topeka–Brewster Place–1001 SW 29th

Topeka—The First Congregational Church at 1701 SW Collins Ave has graciously offered to host a Glass Recycling box in their parking lot.  If you choose to use this location for your glass recycling, please keep the area clean.

Topeka—Household Hazardous Waste Facility—131 NE 46th Street, M-F, 6:30am-4:30pm

Topeka—Lowes—1621 SW Arvonia Place

Topeka—Mission  Township Fire Department—3101 SW Urish Road

Wakarusa—Glaciers Edge Winery—1636 SE 85th

Please remember, curbside recycling is a free service that Shawnee County Solid Waste offers to their customers.  If you would like to opt out of the recycling program, please call 233-4774 to arrange to have your container picked up.  If you have any questions, feel free to email us at


If you pick up litter when you walk for exercise, you are considered a KAB Trash Trooper.  This is information that we track for funding, grant opportunities, and donations.  Please let me know if you are a Trash Trooper.  Welcome to Deb and Randy Debenham, Dick and Mrs. Edington,  and Cindi Skinner, our newest Trash Troopers!

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Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, has presented Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County with its 2020 President’s Circle Award. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of Keep America Beautiful in creating clean, green, and beautiful communities.

In qualifying for the President’s Circle Award, Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County  has met standards of merit of Keep America Beautiful by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index; calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio; and administering initiatives to end littering, improve recycling, and beautify Shawnee County’s community. Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County is one of nearly 700 community-based affiliates in the Keep America Beautiful network whose programs, initiatives, and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places.

“Each year, our dynamic affiliate network carries out our shared mission at the state, county, and municipal levels across the country,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman, PhD. “By engaging volunteers, building partnerships, and executing innovative programming, our affiliates demonstrate purpose and create collective impact through a national movement with local execution built around mutually reinforcing activities.” 




Executive Partner – Shawnee County

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The Shawnee County Commissioners, employees and residents have a deep commitment to the cleanliness and beauty of our community and the environment. Long time partners of Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County, Shawnee County has provided funding for many years to the local KAB affiliate.

Environmental programs that Shawnee County has participated in include: Project Takeover/Makeover, Return the Warmth, Students for Recycling, the Kansas Lawn and Garden Show, and Topeka Water Festival. Shawnee County has also held periodic tire amnesty days, waiving the fees on recycling tires, to help prevent them from ending up in the county waterways and along county roads. Shawnee County has also installed a beautiful garden at Lake Shawnee. They have implemented a volunteer program to help maintain these beautiful gardens called “Friends of Ensley Gardens.”

Shawnee County has a not-for-profit Recycling Department that places public drop off bins at various locations around Shawnee County, to make it convenient for the citizens to recycle their recyclable materials and make certain that they don’t end up in the landfill. Shawnee County Recycling Department also collects recyclable material from over 600 businesses in the community. They make certain that all recyclables are collected, sorted and sent to the proper processing facilities.

Shawnee County also has the only Household Hazardous Waste collections in Shawnee County. This facility processes household hazardous waste for the citizens of Shawnee County, making certain that all federal and state regulations for handling hazardous waste are met.

Shawnee County is a strong supporter of the local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, and will continue to promote and support positive environmental practices in this community.