Beyond Curbside Recyclables

Most curbside recycling programs allow residents the opportunity to recycle aluminum, tin cans, plastic, newspapers, and sometimes glass. But, going beyond the curbside bin is very different in communities across the country. Listed below are the options available for residents in Macon County for recycling items not accepted in the curbside recycling program. For more information please read the Macon County Recycling Guide, or visit to find out how to recycle items such as:

Rechargeable Batteries
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Unused/Unwanted Medications
Empty Ink Jet Cartridges


Unwanted Clothing and Household Items
Cell Phones
Paint, Stain, Varnishes
Fire Extinguishers
Used Motor Oil
Used Car Timers
Household Thermostats
Smoke Detectors



These items are not recyclable and should be placed in the garbage

Diapers or other bio-hazardous waste 

Diapers or Other Bio-Hazardous Waste

No non recyclable plastics 



Caps and lids on glass bottles and jars

Decatur Recycles Non Accepted Items

For more information on where to dispose of these items please read the Macon County Recycling Guide.

No plastic bags 

No Plastic Bags

No electronics 

No Electronics

No plastic toys 

No Plastic Toys

No hazardous waste 

No Hazardous Waste

No scrap metal 

No Scrap Metal

No flattened containers 

No Flattened Containers

No liquids 

No Liquids

No ceramics or non-recyclable glass 

No Ceramics or Non-Recyclable Glass


Non-Acceptable Item TIPS

  • While we have added new plastic items, many plastics are still not recyclable. Plastic lids, foam (Styrofoam®) and any other plastics not listed in our recycling guidelines are not recyclable because stable markets do not exist for these materials.
  • Ceramic, china, dishes, mirrors, light bulbs, Pyrex®, porcelain and window glass should not go in the bin! Their different melting points and chemical compositions will ruin new glass bottles. If our buyer sees just one of these on the top of a load of glass, the entire load could be rejected.
  • Syringes and needles, diapers and other sanitary products are not recyclable.
  • Many toys have more than one plastic resin, or have steel pieces in them, or simply have nothing about them that is recyclable.
  • Please place all recyclable items loose in the cart.
  • Do not bind or bundle any items.
  • Flatten all cardboard/boxes and place in cart.
  • When we compact bottles for shipping, liquids drip, splatter and explode all over the floor, creating a sticky, smelly mess on the sorting floor. Please completely empty and quickly rinse out all containers before recycling.

Last update: October 17, 2019