Recyclable Materials

Acceptable items are the same for curbside recycling, drop-off locations, and staffed recycling centers except as noted below.

Here is a poster of items that can be recycled at your home!
 
Post it on your refrigerator or wherever you store recyclables in your home.

Here is a detailed guide to recycling plastics in Louisville!

CURBSIDE "SINGLE-STREAM" MATERIALS 

The following items may be placed in a single recycling container.

PAPER

  • All office paper, computer paper, file folders, envelopes, junk mail, brown paper grocery bags, telephone books, and magazines/catalogs
  • Food-free pizza boxes, paperboard, cereal boxes, and gift boxes
  • Newspapers with slick advertising inserts
  • Flattened cardboard

GLASS

  • Any color food & drink bottles and jars (residential only)

METAL & ALUMINUM

  • Steel “tin” cans used for items such as soup, vegetable, or pet food (rinse and put lids inside)
  • Empty aerosol cans (remove plastic lids)
  • Clean used aluminum foil, disposable roasting, pie and cake pans, beverage cans, and clean aluminum food containers (flatten to save space if possible)

PLASTIC

  • Click here for a poster explaining what plastics can be recycled in Louisville (and how your recycling helps create new products!)
  • Household containers such as milk jugs, cups, squeeze bottles, clear food packaging, soft drink, laundry and dishwashing detergent, margarine and whipped topping tubs, and most bottles and jars marked #1 through #7 with the recycling symbol are accepted in the program.  
  • Note: Recycle plastic grocery bags at participating grocery stores. Please do not put them in your recycling container -- they get stuck in the processing equipment at the recycling facility.

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Helpful "Green" Hints for single stream recyclable materials:

  • Please do not place materials in plastic bags
  • Rinse off most food residue (a little bit is OK)
  • It is OK to leave labels and lids on glass or plastic containers
  • Flatten plastic and cardboard to save space

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SPECIAL
ITEMS

The Following Items are Accepted at Staffed Locations Only.

  • Antifreeze - Up to 5 gallons 
  • Motor Oil - Up to 5 gallons
  • Oil Filters 
  • Inkjet and Laser Toner Cartridges
  • DVDs and CDs
  • Floppy Disks
  • Cooking Oil*

*Any type of vegetable cooking oil that is liquid at room temperature, such as olive, soybean, and canola. Residential service only.

  • Automobile and bicycle tires may be taken to the Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue. Busted bicycle tubes? Check out Alchemy Goods to find a local bicycle shop that will take your tubes for recycling.
  • Hazardous household items such as batteries and paint (no latex paint) may be taken to the hazardous waste drop-off site (HAZ BIN) located at 7501 Grade Lane (see map below).  Hours of operation are Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
        
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For large quantities, please phone the number listed above and make an appointment for delivery.
Many 'pack-and-ship' stores will also accept peanuts or polystyrene packing materials.  Call to check with the location nearest you.

Looking how to recycle other items?
Go to Earth911, type in your location and the item you are looking to recycle.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTED AT ANY METRO GOVERNMENT FACILITY:

  • NO medical waste such as syringes or needles
  • NO window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, drinking glasses/mugs, oven/cooking glassware, or pottery
  • NO coat hangers
  • NO latex paint
  • NO large jugs/buckets, pumps or sprayers, or plastic cutlery
  • NO plastic bags (many grocery stores have containers for collecting plastic bags)
  • THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART TO MAKE LOUISVILLE CLEANER AND GREENER!!