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The Topeka Zoo wants your Christmas trees -- after Christmas, of course.


Forestry Products Recycling Center, owned and operated by Custom Tree Care

3431 SE 21st, 478-9805, M-F 8 a.m.—5 p.m.;

Saturdays from November 1-March 1 from 9 a.m.—1 p.m.

Limbs, natural Christmas trees, clean lumber, pallets, logs, leaves, trees  (fee). Mulch and firewood available for purchase.

Garick Biomass Yard Materials Recycling Facility

I-70 & MacVicar, 368-3762, Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday-8-4:30; Wednesday – 8-1; Open Saturday- 8-12 from April through November 16, except holidays;  Closed Saturdays from November 17 through March 31.

 Trees (fee), limbs (fee), leaves (fee), grass (fee) Clean lumber and pallets (fee).  Red, black and brown mulch, wood chips, soil and compost available for sale. (Call for information).


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:

Wehner’s Thriftway – 551 E US Hwy 24 Traffic Way, Rossville, KS 66533

Household Hazardous Waste Facility – 131 NE 46th St, Topeka, KS 66617

Albert Neese Masonic Lodge – 5947 SE 45th St, Tecumseh, KS 66542-9538

District 2 SNCO Public Works Building – 1639 N Washington Street, Auburn, KS 66542

Lowes – 1621 SW Arvonia Pl, Topeka KS 66615

Mission Township fire station at 3101 SW Urish Road

Glacier’s Edge Winery-1636 SE 85th, Wakarusa

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


Topeka Habitat for Humanity has a new mobile lending library.  This “Tool Bus” can be reserved for neighborhood improvement projects and community volunteer projects by calling Nikki at 785-234-4322.  For more information, visit


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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