Montgomery County Recycling

Commercial & Institutional Paper and Cardboard Recycling:

Montgomery County Recycling is anxious to work with businesses and institutions to recycle paper, cardboard, acceptable plastic containers and steel cans. Contact the Coordinated Services Office at 532-9588 for more information.

-- Office Paper - Government offices, banks, schools and other businesses that generate various paper grades, participate in weekly, bi-monthly and/or monthly collections. ** Containers that are provided by the Recycling Program for collections are picked up on a scheduled basis and the material is then baled and shipped to the mills for processing.

-- Corrugated Cardboard – Montgomery County contracts with a commercial hauler to divert cardboard boxes from businesses around the county. A “Cardboard Only” container may be placed at your business. To participate in cardboard recycling, you can call Stewart's Sanitation at 532-3706 to inquire about a “Cardboard Only” dumpster. For more information on our commercial programs you can contact the Montgomery County Coordinated Services Office at 532-9588.

-- Plastics - Rinsed Clean, labels and caps may stay on the container. Most all containers will have a recycling symbol on them somewhere with the #1 - #7 found in the center of the symbol. We do not accept plastic toys or siding. Plastic grocery bags that possess a recycling number can be taken to your local Wal-Mart and deposited. We do not recycle these bags at the Montgomery County Recycling Center. You may also find a recycling symbol on some Styrofoam – We DO NOT recycle Styrofoam of any kind. For more information please give us a call.


** Containers – Montgomery County only has a 4' tall by 3'foot wide, 90 gallon green tote that is given to businesses to place their separated recyclable materials in. We do not have the small office containers that possess the recycling symbol. Anyone needing office containers can go to any one of the following links below to purchase the containers. You may opt to purchase a small container at a local store and print this recycling symbol so that you may place it on your container to designate recycling.

Links to recycling containers:

Reduce & Reuse Tips and Other Reasons to Recycle

There are many reasons to recycle. Recycling saves our natural resources, uses less energy, frees up space in our landfills, and creates new industry, which in-turn creates more jobs and more economic growth. There are many reasons why we should recycle, but recycling alone is not the only answer. Reducing your household waste by bringing your reusable shopping bags to collect your groceries, be more self conscious of the products you buy and the packaging they come in, so that you can recycle the material that your local Recycling Drop Off accepts. Reusing things so they don't have to be thrown out, or giving them to someone else that may need them or making something more useful out of them.

Some things that may help you reconsider your shopping habits, so that you can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:

-- Avoid purchasing disposable goods such as paper towels and disposable razors

-- Buy in bulk when possible and use your own containers

-- Buy products made with minimal packaging or recyclable packaging, which local drop offs accept.

-- Avoid plastic packaging which cannot be recycled

-- Buy products made with recycled materials

-- Bring your own bags to the store

-- Carry a reusable mug

-- Make double-sided copies, which uses less paper

-- Re-use paper for scratch paper instead of note pads

-- Use rechargeable batteries

-- Use long-life fluorescent light bulbs

-- Voice your product packaging preferences to store managers and business owners

-- Rethink, "Do I really need this un-recyclable, non-recycled, won't use it again, item?"

Some Basic Recycling Facts:

* Making a ton of aluminum cans from virgin ore, or bauxite, uses 229 BTUs of energy. In contrast, producing cans from recycled aluminum uses only 8 BTUs of energy per can.

* By recycling one aluminum can, enough energy is saved to run a TV set for three hours.

* Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.

* A ton of recycled paper will save enough energy to power the average American home for six months.

* A ton of recycled paper will save 7,000 gallons of water.
* If every household reused a paper grocery bag for one shopping trip, about 60,000 trees would be saved.

* If Americans recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers we would save 25 million trees a year.

* In 2006 the amount of plastic bottles recycled reached a record high of 2,220,000,000 pounds.

* Did you know that Americans throw away more than 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.

* The largest man-made structure in the world is the Fresh Kills Landfill serving New York City. It is now the highest point on the east coast.

Some Recycling Facts about Montgomery County, Illinois:

* Between 1996 and 2008 Montgomery County has recycled over 21,785,267 pounds of material. You could build a 3’ high by 4’ wide wall around the entire border of Montgomery County and then some.

* Between 1996 and 2008 Montgomery County recycled 1,111 tons of office paper, which saved the following:

     18,895 trees

     7,777,000 gallons of water

     66,660 lbs. of pollutants out of our air, and saved enough energy to power 1,111 average homes for 6 months

How long it takes the following to degrade?

Material                          Biodegrade     What to do instead.
                 (How long it takes to Breakdown)

*     A banana peel?          3-4 weeks        Compost

*     A paper bag?             1 month             Recycle

*     A cotton rag?             5 months            Reuse

*     A piece of wood?      10-15 years        Reuse

*     A leather shoe?          40-50 years       Rethink

*     A tin can?                  80-100 years     Recycle

*     An aluminum can?     200-500 years    Recycle

*     Disposable diapers?  500-600 years    Rethink - Cloth

*      A plastic jug?            1 million years    Recycle

*      Glass bottle?             Forever!            Recycle

*      Styrofoam?               Forever!             Reduce – Rethink – Don’t purchase        

Please Place Items in Properly Marked Containers

PLASTIC CONTAINERS (#1 thru #7 Only)

CARDBOARD (No Packing Materials)


NEWSPAPERS & PHONE BOOKS (Place in same container)


(Includes junk mail, file folders, envelopes, etc…)

ALUMINUM CANS (No foil or foil food trays)

STEEL CANS / TIN CANS (Rinsed clean)






Thank you for Recycling Responsibly.

Recycle at your own risk.

The County is not Responsible for Accidents. 

10 Good Reasons to Recycle “You CAN make a difference”
  1. It takes 75,000 trees each week to produce the Sunday edition of the New York Times.
  2. If Americans recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save 25 million trees a year.
  3. Recycling and Reusing the material in “tin” cans reduces energy use by 74 percent, air pollution by 85 percent, solid waste by 95 percent and water pollution by 76 percent.
  4. It takes 95 percent less energy to make aluminum by recycling it than by producing it from its natural ore, bauxite. It costs less, too.
  5. The average American uses 580 pounds of paper each year. As a nation, we consume 850 million trees annually.
  6. In 1991, the Great Wall of China became the second largest man-made structure in the world. The largest was Fresh Kills Landfill, serving New York City. It is now the highest point on the east coast.
  7. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
  8. For every glass bottle recycled, we save enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours.
  9. Every year, Americans throw away enough office and writing paper to build a wall 12 feet high from New York to Los Angeles.
  10. In one year, American steel recycling saves enough energy to heat and light 18 million homes. One pound of recycled steel saves enough energy to light a 60 wall bulb for 24 hours.
Rethink Recycling
  1. Recycling in Illinois keeps over 5 million tons a year of useful materials out of the landfills.
  2. Over 2,400 recycling and reuse establishments do business in Illinois.
  3. Recycling in Illinois saves enough energy to heat and light 578,000 homes.
  4. Recycling and reuse employs over 56,000 Illinois citizens.
  5. The annual payroll for these employees is more than $1.8 billion.
  6. The average annual wage for recycling and reuse workers is above the Illinois average.
  7. Manufacturing with recycled commodities in Illinois reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons (carbon equivalent) a year.
  8. Recycling and reuse establishments do $12.2 billion worth of business a year in Illinois.
  9. The recycling and reuse industry annually contributes $269 million in state and local tax revenues.
  10. Water pollution in Illinois is reduced by 21,500 tons of various contaminants each year by recycling.
  11. Air pollution in Illinois is reduced by 131,000 tons of various contaminants each year by recycling.
  12. Paper recycling in Illinois saves 53.3 million trees each year – and the wildlife habitat that goes with them.
10 Great Ways to Celebrate America Recycles Day! November 15 th
  1. Commit to recycle and buy recycled products both at home and at work or school.
  2. Learn what materials you can recycle in your community and do your best to recycle all you can.
  3. When shopping, purchase products that are packaged in materials you can recycle locally.
  4. Visit a recycling center in your area. See how your recycled paper and containers are sorted and prepared for manufacturing into new products.
  5. Read product labels. At your local grocery, department center, look for products with recycled content, and buy some. Look for “safe bets” that always have recycled content: Steel, Aluminum, Glass or Molded Paper Pulp containers (like egg cartons).
  6. Ask your local retailer to stock more products with recycled content, or write the manufacturer of your favorite products asking them to use recycled materials.
  7. Organize an event such as a display of recycled content products at your school, office, store or church, or a tour of a facility that manufactures recycled-content products.
  8. Learn more about how recycling helps preserve resources, protects the environment and benefits the economy, then teach some kids about the importance of recycling and buying recycled.
  9. Don't forget waste reduction is important too. Look for ways to avoid making garbage, try composting.
  10. Visit the great outdoors and enjoy the clear air, clean water and litter-free landscapes that recycling helps make possible.
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