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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 solidwaste@snco.us


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