It is important to read product labels to know the chemical content and heed any warnings regarding proper usage.
We have designed these pages to help you properly dispose of anything and everything.
There are hundreds of items listed alphabetically.
Click on the letter your item begins with and you will link to the appropriate page.
If you can't find your item, please call the Decatur County Solid Waste Management District office at 812-663-0960.

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Calculators
Accepted at Electronic Recycling days or Tox-a-Way Day. Check our main page for this year’s dates.

Cameras

Accepted at Electronic Recycling days or Tox-a-Way Day. Check our main page for this year’s dates.


Canning Jars

Canning jars are not recyclable because of the thickness of the glass. Reuse is best. Give to a friend who can use them or a reuse center such as Goodwill.


Cans
(Steel [tin-coated] and Aluminum)
Place with curbside recycling or bring to our convenient drop off sites. Rinse before recycling. Labels do not have to be removed. You may wish to sell these items to a scrap metal dealer. Check your Yellow Pages for possible locations.


Carbon Monoxide Detector

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Carbon Paper

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Carburetor Cleaner

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  
  

Cardboard
(corrugated and boxboard)
Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient recycling centers. The following types of cardboard are not recyclable: beer or soda cartons (because of the moisture barrier in the cardboard); egg cartons (because the paper fibers are too short to be recycled); pizza boxes (because of grease); and waxed cardboard (because of the coating).


Cardboard Tubes from Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient recycling centers. Consider donating to youth/senior organizations for art projects.


Carpeting & Rugs
(Area Rugs, Carpet with or without padding)
Heavy trash pick-up items or contact local landfill/trash haulers. This item is not recyclable.


Cassette Tapes and Cassette Tape Boxes

These cannot be recycled locally. www.GreenDisk.com offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of "techno-trash." See their site for more info. Otherwise, dispose of cassette tapes and boxes in the garbage.


Catalogs & Magazines

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient recycling centers.
 

CCA-Treated Wood
(pressure-treated)
CCA-treated wood should only be disposed of in a lined landfill, not an incinerator. Do not dispose of CCA-treated wood in a backyard compost pile, brush pile, chipping pile, or burn pile. Call your local landfill or trash hauler for possible options.


CDs and CD Trays

These cannot be recycled locally. GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of "techno-trash." See their site for more info. Otherwise, dispose of CDs and their plastic trays in the garbage.


Cell Phones

Accepted at all Electronic Recycling Events and Tox-a-Way Day. Please visit our website for full list of events.


Cement

Landfill item.


Cereal Boxes

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient drop off centers. Take time to flatten the box please. Remove any inner bag and dispose in the garbage. The bag is not recyclable.


Charcoal

Charcoal may be placed in the garbage once it is stone cold!


Chemistry Kit

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  
  

Chinaware

If still in good condition, chinaware may be donated to local charities or reuse location such as Goodwill. This is not recyclable.


Chlorine Bleach

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  Empty bleach bottles cannot be recycled.


Cigarette Lighters

Disposable lighters may be placed in the garbage.


Cinder Blocks

Landfill item.


Clapboards

Landfill item.


Cleaners

All-Purpose Cleaner, Ammonia, Bathroom Cleaner, Chlorine Bleach, Disinfectant, Drain Cleaner, Oven Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Upholstery Cleaner, Septic Tank Cleaner--All of these are considered household hazardous waste and must be disposed of at Tox-a-Way Day that occurs the first Saturday after Labor Day from 8-3 p.m. at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. It is important not to pour these chemicals down the drain all at once in their undiluted form because they have been known to have adverse effects in septic systems and at wastewater treatment plants. They can also contaminate groundwater and drinking water. It is unsafe to dispose of them in the garbage because they can be harmful to sanitation workers.


Clothing

Charitable organizations (Salvation Army, Goodwill, local churches) often take usable clothing. Clothing that is not appropriate for reuse (torn, stained) can be used as rags.


Coal Ash

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage after it is cold.


Coat Hangers

Metal hangers may be accepted by scrap dealers. Check your Yellow Pages.


Colored Glass Bottles

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient drop off recycling centers. Please remove caps and rinse bottles before recycling.
 

Compact Disks and Compact Disk Trays

These cannot be recycled locally. GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of "techno-trash." See their site for more info. Otherwise, dispose of CDs and their plastic trays in the garbage.


Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescents cannot be placed in the trash because they contain a small amount of mercury. Please call 812-663-0960 for options available at this time.


Computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, and speakers

  • * Computers excl. Monitor, Stereos, DVD Players, Phones, VCRS, Printers & Scanner s- Accepted at electronic recycling events and Tox-a-Way day. Visit our website for event dates or call us at 812-663-0960.
  • * GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of "techno-trash." See their site for more info. Otherwise, dispose of CDs and their plastic trays in the garbage.  


Concrete

Landfill item.


Construction and Demolition Debris

See Building and Remodeling Materials above.


Construction Paper

Construction paper is not recyclable, because the fibers are too short. It must be placed in the garbage or donated for reuse.


Cooking Oil

This oil can be recycled for use as fuel for certain automobiles. Check freecycle.org to see if someone in your county is collecting it for this use. Otherwise, it must be placed in the garbage.


Cooking Oil Bottle
(empty)
Place with curbside recycling or bring to recycling centers.


Cookware

If still in good condition, cookware may be donated to local charities or reuse centers, yard sales, or offered at a tag sale. Cookware in any condition is unfortunately not recyclable.


Copy Machine

Bring to Electronic recycling events or Tox-a-Way Day. There is no charge for disposal.


Copy Paper

Place with curbside recycling or bring to one of our convenient recycling centers.


Copy Paper Wrapper

Recycle if wrapper is paper; however, most wrappers for copy paper are not accepted for paper recycling, due to the plastic moisture barrier that coats the wrapper. Plastic wrappers for copy paper are not accepted in plastics recycling.


Couch

Heavy trash pick up or call your local trash hauler/landfill.


Creosote
(from woodstoves)
Creosote cleaned out from woodstoves must be placed in the trash.


Creosote Sealer

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to one of our Tox-a-Way days throughout the year. Please call or visit our website for Tox-a-Way event dates.  
 

Cups

Cups -- whether paper, plastic, styrofoam, or china -- are not recyclable.