Where, How to Recycle in Kentucky, Indiana

If you want to do your part to help the planet, here are some tips on how to properly recycle in Kentuckiana.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With supply chain issues limiting the availability of raw materials, it’s more important than ever to recycle — and know how to do it right.

If you live in Louisville, you can request a recycling cart through Metro311. You can also consult this map of recycling drop-off locations. In Indiana, Floyd County and Clark County each have their own recycling program. You can learn more about Indiana’s recycling policies here.

If you want to do your part to help the planet, here are some tips on how to properly recycle in Kentuckiana.

1. Know what to throw away

Louisville Metro Public Works accepts the following items for recycling:

  • Paper (newspapers, magazines, mail, flat cardboard, milk and juice cartons, containers and cups)
  • Plastic (bottles and containers; no bags or Styrofoam)
  • Glass (bottles and jars; no window or ceramic)
  • Metal (tins, aluminum molds, aluminum foil)

If you’re not sure if an item you have is recyclable, the company that collects your recycling should be able to give you more advice.

2. Empty, clean and dry

Make sure all jars, bottles, and cans you recycle are clean and free of any food or liquid residue.

Take the time to thoroughly rinse and dry items before throwing them in the recycling bin. Replace lids on plastic bottles or containers.

3. Pass the bag

Do not put your recycling in a grocery bag or garbage bag. These bags can damage recycling machines – and the items you want to recycle could end up in a landfill.

If you can’t find another use for them, stores like Kroger and Target have bins where you can drop your plastic grocery bags.

4. Understand the symbols

Just because an item bears a plastic resin symbol (the three arrows in the shape of a triangle) does not mean that it is recyclable. This symbol simply indicates what type of plastic the item is made of. Good Housekeeping explains the differences between each type of plastic here.

Some materials, such as polystyrene foam and some plastics, are not recyclable. If you have large pieces of Styrofoam that were used for packaging, you may be able to drop them off at a local facility, such as Foam Fabricators in New Albany.

5. Use additional resources

If you need more help figuring out what you can and can’t recycle, take a look online or download an app like Recycle Coach. If the City of Louisville collects your trash, you can use the app to find out what can be recycled and when you should put it on the curb.

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