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Ottumwa / Wapello Recycling Center
2415 Emma Street
We are located just off highway 34 East, across the highway from Cargill Meat Solutions.
7AM - 4PM Mon - Fri
We Serve the Wapello and Davis County Waste Planning Area
Janice Bain has been with the Recycling Center since it opened in May of 1992 and has served as the Recycling Coordinator since 2000. Janice is an Ottumwa native and holds an Associate of Arts degree from Indian Hills Community College.
Ottumwa Residents are allowed to set out an unlimited amount of recyclable materials as part of their weekly trash collection. Just put it in the red bin!
The most common household items recycled every week are:
Newspapers, catalogues, phone books, magazines
Corrugated cardboard and paperboard
Office Paper - Always bagged - Use old grocery and discount store plastic bags
Plastic bottles and jars
Aluminum and Steel cans - including empty aerosol cans
Green, brown or clear glass food and beverage containers
The following guidelines are designed to help make recycling in your home as simple & easy as possible:
- Be sure items placed in the recycling bin are recyclable.
- Non-recyclable items cannot be accepted for collection.
- Always remove the remaining product reside from glass,plastic or metal containers by rinsing them out with water. This will keep your recycling bin clean and eliminate odors. You do not need to remove paper labels.
- As your bin fills, it may help to crush or flatten plastic containers to conserve space.
- Do not place broken glass in the recycling bin. This is a hazard to the collection and sorting crews, and the bin will not be collected.
- If it is raining or snowing, please place your paper products in plastic bags and tie them shut to prevent your paper from becoming wet.
- DO NOT put your recyclables in black plastic bags. The collectors can not identify what items are in black bags and they won't be collected. Please use light-colored bags, like plastic grocery bags.
If you have any questions about how or what to recycle, or about how to improve recycling, please give us a call at 683-0685.
Bulky Item Collection
Bulky Items are large items such as appliances or furniture. These items are collected at the curbside on Tuesday by appointment. Call Bridge City Sanitation at 682-1700. Appliances require a $5.00 appliance sticker to be collected. Appliance stickers are purchased at local grocery stores.
Examples of bulky items that do not require a $5.00 sticker are:
- Box springs/mattresses
- Porcelain bathroom fixtures
- Fiberglass bathtubs/Furniture
- Electronic equipment
- Carpet (cut in 6ft. widths & tied)
Examples of items that require a $5.00 sticker are:
- Air conditioners
- Water Heaters
Bulky Item Collection WILL NOT INCLUDE any items generated by a household business or any other business. This includes:
- Hobbies (including auto racing)
- Auctions and Rummage sales
- New construction or Demolition debris
- Asphalt roofing
- Hazardous or Infectious Wastes
- Waste oil and batteries
Other restrictions may apply. Set all bulky items on the curb prior to 4:00AM on the collection day to ensure pick up.
What Can Be Recycled?
NEWSPAPER, CATALOGUES, MAGAZINES & PHONE BOOKS
Old newspapers such as the Ottumwa Courier and The Des Moines Register can be recycled. Remove all plastic bags and/or rubber bands. This material must be clean and kept dry. Place this material in stacks, bags or bundles in you recycling bin.
We do not recycle yellowed, stained or wet newspaper, plastic coated paper or food contaminated paper. Please place these
items in your trash cart.
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD & PAPERBOARD
Old boxes, both corrugated, (with the wavy middle layer) and paperboard are recyclable. This would include cereal and gift boxes; old packing boxes and boxes that were received in the mail. Please flatten or nest all boxes, or place along inner side of your recycling bin.
We don't recycle gable-top waxed cartons (milk and/or juice), food contaminated boxes (e.g. pizza boxes) or paperboard beverage
cartons like pop and beer are sold in. Please place these items in your trash cart.
This would include junk mail, envelopes with or without windows, white and pastel paper, greeting cards, post cards, fax paper, self adhesive note paper, notebook paper, receipts, carbonless forms, business forms and file folders. Office paper MUST be placed in a plastic see-through bags (grocery bags will work) and tied shut.
We don't recycle food contaminated paper, tissues or hand towels, or Tyvek envelopes or carbon paper. Please place these
items in your trash cart.
The Recycling Center accepts all plastic bottles and jars. Please rinse and remove the lids. Acceptable bottles include milk jugs, pop bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, dish detergent or water bottles. The Recycling Center is NOT a buy-back facility.
We do not recycle lids from bottles and jars, molded plastic containers, toys, plastic storage containers, laundry baskets,
stryofoam, plastic bags or wrap or oil containers (motor even if there is a 2 on the bottom). Please place these items
in your trash cart.
ALUMINUM AND STEEL CANS
This includes coffee cans, beverage cans, soup cans and empty aerosol cans. Please rinse and remove the lids prior to placing them in your bin. Paint cans can be recycled if they are completely empty -- please remove the lid and place the lid in your regular trash. Large metal pieces or small appliances can be set out on Tuesday for bulky item collection. The Recycling Center in NOT a buy-back facility.
We do not recycle aluminum foil wrap or pans, aluminum pet food cans. Please place these items in your trash cart.
GLASS FOOD CONTAINERS
The Recycling Center accepts only green, brown and clear glass that contained food or beverages. This includes pop bottles, wine and liquor bottles, juice containers, ketchup bottles and beer bottles, Please rinse all containers and remove the lids. Throw the lids in your regular trash. DO NOT place broken glass in your recycling bin, as it is a hazard to the collectors.
We do not recycle mirror or window glass, drinking glasses or dishware, pyrex or similar ovenware, ceramics, safety glass, or light bulbs. Please place these items in your trash cart.
As consumers we face many choices, each day, about the items that we purchase. Thinking about your choices from a "pre-cycling" point-of-view can help reduce the amount of waste that you and your family generate. Actions that you might take could include:
- Buy in bulk and economy sizes.
- Products purchased this way usually cost less too!
- Avoid products sold in individual serving containers.
- Choose products with the least amount of packaging.
- Use cloth napkins and dish towels instead of paper products.
- Use rechargeable batteries instead of single use batteries
Did you know?
Recycling really does help! Not only does recycling save valuable landfill space, creates jobs and helps protect our environment it also conserves natural resources.
- 17 trees are saved for every ton of paper recycled.
- Area residents recycled 1637.72 tons of paper through the Recycling Center in 1998.
- Recycling that same ton of paper saves 7,000 gallons of water, 4,100 Kilowatt hours of electricity and produces 50% less water & air pollution than had a ton of paper been produced from scratch!
- Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore.
- A stack of newspaper ten feet tall saves one whole tree!