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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Packing Peanuts & Bubble Wrap
They are unfortunately not recyclable and if not reused, must be placed in the garbage. Check with your local packing/shipping store to see if they will accept these materials for reuse.


Pagers

Accepted at Electronic recycling events throughout the year. Call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Pails & Metal pails

Scrap dealers may accept these; otherwise put out with the trash. Plastic pails: Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.


Paints

If the paint is still in usable condition, you can ask a local community theatre group or school theater department or local chapter of Habitat for Humanity if they would like to have it. Otherwise:

  • Latex Paint -Latex paint is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage once the paint is dry. Latex paint will air dry if the lid is left off the can. However, if there is a large quantity remaining in the can, it will require a very long time to dry. You can speed up the process by stirring in clean kitty litter or sawdust.
  • Paints & Stains (Lead & Oil based) -These are hazardous materials and must not be thrown in the trash or poured out on the ground. These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.
  • Water-based stain is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage once the stain is dry.



Paint Cans
(empty and dry)
Put in trash.


Paint Thinner

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Pallets

Check reuse centers or try to give to someone. Many people like these for cool reuse projects!


Paper Towels

Paper towels are unfortunately not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. However, the cardboard tubes may be included with paper recycling. (The cardboard tubes from toilet paper may also be recycled.)


Paperboard

Accepted at recycling centers and by curbside recycling programs.

PCB Ballasts and Transformers

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Pepper Spray

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Pesticide

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Phone Books

Accepted at recycling locations.


Phones

Land-line and cell phones: accepted at electronic recycling events.


Photographic Chemicals

This is a hazardous material and must be taken to one of our Tox-a-Way events. Please call 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Picture Glass

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


Pizza Boxes

If there are portions of the box (such as the lid) that are grease-free and food-free, they can be accepted for curbside recycling and at one of our recycling centers. Only clean boxes, or the clean parts of boxes, can be recycled.

Plaster

It belongs in the landfill.


Plastics

-PETE or #1 BOTTLES Soft drink, soda, water bottles. Please rinse.
-HDPE or #2 bottles. Milk & juice jugs, detergent & bleach containers. Please rinse.
- We also accept plastics marked #3-#7. Please make sure to look for this number when deciding if you should put the item in the recycling.
We do not accept Styrofoam of any type. Always make sure your plastics are clean and dry.
Please DO NOT throw regular trash in these containers.
These items are accepted at recycling drop off centers and curbside.


Plastic Furniture

Plastic furniture is not recyclable. If it is still usable, donate it to a local charity or reuse center such as Goodwill. Your community may offer a heavy trash pickup. Those who use a contract service should call your provider. They may take it if you schedule a pickup time.


Plastic Shopping Bags

Check with your local grocery stores for recycling programs, or reuse as many times as possible.


Plastic Utensils

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


Plastic Wrap

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


Plates

Glass, ceramic, plastic, or metal: If still in good condition, plates may be donated to local charities, reuse center, or offered at a tag sale. Plates in any condition are unfortunately not recyclable. Paper plates are NOT recyclable and must be placed in the trash.


Plexiglass

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


Plywood

Do try to find someone who can use it.

Polyurethane and other Floor & Deck Finishes

These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.

Pool Chemicals

These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.


Posters

Accepted for recycling at recycling centers and by curbside programs. Posters that have been mounted on foam core are not recyclable.


Post-It Notes

Accepted at recycling centers and by curbside programs.


Power Mower

Before disposing of any lawn mower, remove the gas and oil. These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website. Lawn mowers are considered scrap metal and are accepted by scrap metal dealers. Call to find out if they are accepting.


Prescription Drugs

Do not flush medications down the drain or toilet or throw in the trash. Check with your pharmacist, health department, or on this website for disposal options. The Greensburg Police Department, Decatur County Sheriff Department, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, and CVS Pharmacy are all secure drop off sites.


Pressure-Treated Lumber

Pressure-treated wood should only be disposed of in a lined landfill, not an incinerator. Do not dispose of pressure-treated wood in a backyard compost pile, brush pile, chipping pile, or trash incinerator.


Printers

You may bring this item to electronic recycling events throughout the year. Check our website or call 812-663-0960 for event dates.


Propane Tanks
These must be brought to our Tox-a-way Day events. Please call us at 812-663-0960 for dates or visit our website.