Recycling: What city residents need to know

The City of Huntington has implemented a curbside recycling program utilizing a contract with Republic Services.  The curbside pick up program will begin January 15th, 2018. At this time the recycle drop off locations with the Huntington Soild District (SWMD) will remain open as an  option for recycling many everyday household items.

Solid Waste Pickup Locations

Dumpsters are located at several locations throughout the county for typical household recycling. Residents may bring everyday items like glass, newspaper, plastics numbered 1 through 5, and broken-down cardboard boxes to the solid waste dumpsters. Locations include:

  • Memorial Park Service Building - 1205 W. Park Drive, Huntington
  • Hazardous Materials Facility - 517 S. 300 West, Huntington
  • 450 Wabash Street - Andrews
  • Town Garage - 316 W 2nd Street, Warren 

Click here for a complete list of items accepted at the solid waste pickup locations.

Florescent Bulb Program

The Huntington County SWMD accepts florescent bulbs for recycling. Residents and businesses may bring the bulbs to the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Facility on Wednesdays between 7AM and 3PM. Staff will ensure proper handling, storage, and processing of all hazardous components. The HAZMAT Facility is located next to the main landfill building at 517 S 300 W, Huntington, Indiana, 46750.

The florescent bulb program upgraded to new technology in 2016. The Solid Waste Management District purchased a bulb eater that makes recycling of the bulbs safer for employees and for the environment.

Department Director Scott Husband explains, “The bulb eater eliminates the need for boxed or overhead storage of the bulbs, reducing the risk of breakage. Florescent bulbs contain mercury and the bulb eater allows us to store the crushed bulbs in 55-gallon drums.”

What does this mean for the environment? “We can store 1,350 crushed bulbs in each 55-gallon drum, and once a drum is full we send it away for recycling. Proper storage and recycling of the bulbs keeps mercury out of the air and out of the groundwater. Ninety-nine point nine percent of each bulb is recycled, and to date we’ve recycled approximately 135,000 of them,” said Husband.

Paint and Electronics, and Other Hazardous Items

The HAZMAT facility recycles many items in addition to florescent bulbs. Paint, electronics, and tires are acceptable for dropoff. The facility also recycles most types of batteries with the exception of alkaline.

“We accept up to 12 passenger tires per year from residents at no charge. We also take e-waste like computers and televisions, and many hazardous household items,” said Husband.

Click here for a complete list of items accepted at the HAZMAT facility.

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