Montgomery County Recycling

Montgomery County Recycling Program:

In the mid 90's Montgomery County Board felt that the future generations of our county deserved a chance at a better quality of life and implemented a Recycling Program for residents and businesses.

Montgomery County currently recycles several post consumer matierials. Our main facility, for processing the material, is located in Hillsboro, Illinois.

Since its inception Montgomery County has many drop off areas throughout the county, that residents and/or businesses may bring their recyclables.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In Montgomery County we want to reduce the waste stream by reusing materials rather than "wasting" them by landfilling.

In Montgomery County we recycle to recover usable materials which will lessen the need to cut more trees, mine more materials and help to conserve energy. Recycled materials require much less energy to process and re-use than their raw material counterparts.

Montgomery County Recycling also encourages commercial and institutional paper and cardboard recycling programs in cooperation with local waste haulers.

Look to some of our Recycling Facts to help give you a better idea of what we are currently doing in our Country and our County.

Please check out some of the following Recycling Links:

If we don’t recycle it you can find other places to take material like; glass, electronics, fluorescent tubes, rechargeable batteries, etc…

· For Glass Recycling, you can call, “We Care Recycling” in Carlinville, Illinois at 217-854-8888.

· (Find other recycle facilities and where you can recycle other materials, i.e.; electronics, fluorescent tubes, etc… - go to the site, click on Membership Directory in upper right hand corner, click on view all members or members by category)



· (National Recycling Coalition)

Montgomery County has Recycling Educational Presentations and tours of the Montgomery County Recycling Facility upon request. Please call us for more information at (217) 532-2088.

To contact Montgomery County Recycling Coordinator, Ben Bishop, you can call, fax, write or e-mail him at:

Phone # (217) 532-2088
Fax # (217) 532-2088

Physical Address:
Montgomery County Recycling
506 Corporate Drive
Hillsboro, Illinois 62049
E-Mail Address:

What we recycle A list of items we accept for recycling.

Where and when we recycle 
A list of where and when we recycle.

Reduce & Reuse Tips and Other Reasons to Recycle
Great tips and reasons why YOU should recycle!

Some Basic Recycling Facts:

10 Good Reasons to Recycle

Recycle City
A fun, interactive way to learn about the three R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle

Many ideas for children and adults to participate in making our world a cleaner, better place


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:

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. 

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        

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