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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Magazines & Catalogs
Accepted with curbside recycling or at recycling centers.


Margarine Tubs

If clean, accepted at recycling centers and in your curbside bin.


Mattresses
(all types)
Heavy trash pick-up or call local landfill/trash hauler.


Medical & Infectious Waste

Each county has an assigned drop-off location for unused/expired medications and used syringes. Check with your local health department, pharmacy or physician to determine where to take these items.  There is a rule that unused 'controlled substances,' or narcotics, must be disposed of by law enforcement, so be sure to take these items to the Decatur County Sheriff Department or Greensburg Police Department where you can put these items in closed containers at no charge and no questions asked. Do not flush medications down the drain or toilet or throw in the trash.
 
 

Mercury (liquid), Mercury-Containing Devices, Mercury Thermometers & Thermostats

Mercury is toxic and should not be thrown out in the trash! Elemental mercury is a silvery liquid that is commonly used in thermometers and thermostats. Mercury is not hazardous to humans when it is in a sealed device. The danger to health and the environment arises when mercury-containing articles are broken and discarded in the trash. (Or broken after being discarded in the trash.) If you have liquid mercury, it 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.  


Metal

Steel and aluminum are the major metals in our everyday lives and both are easily recyclable. Recycling one aluminum can saves the energy equivalent of one cup of gasoline. There are 16 cups to a gallon. So, recycling eight 24-packs of soda would be the energy equivalent of filling a 12-gallon gas tank! To recycle beverage cans or food cans, simply rinse them and place for curbside recycling or take to one of our recycling centers. Scrap dealers accept these metals also.


Metal Polish

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.  


Microwaves

Microwaves are accepted at one of our Tox-a-way Day events throughout the year. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or check the website.


Milk Cartons

Plastic milk cartons are accepted for curbside recycling and at recycling centers. You may leave the cap on. If this is a waxed paper carton, place in garbage.


Milk Jugs

Accepted at recycling centers and by curbside recycling. You may leave lid on.


Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is not hazardous and may be placed in the garbage.


Mirrors

Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. Unbroken mirrors in good condition can be taken to a reuse center or Goodwill.


Mortar

Landfill.


Moth Balls

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.  


Motor Oil

Some auto repair shops will accept used oil. You may also bring motor oil and oil filters to one of our Tox-a-way events throughout the year.


Motor Oil Bottles
(empty)
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Muriatic Acid

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.