Upcoming Events

NEW Lizton Location!

We’re moving the Lizton Recycling Center just north of I-74. The new facility will open in April and will be staffed when it’s open to better meet the needs of the community. Click to see the hours of operation and new recycling rules.

Come Work With Us!

We’re looking for the right people to work at our NEW Recycling Center in Lizton!

  • Opening in April
  • Up to 30 hrs/week
  • $18.99 per hour
  • Some evening & weekend hours
  • Monitor the center & answer questions


Need help getting rid of something?  Fill in the search box for a closer look in the Online Recycling Directory for local reuse, recycling, and disposal options!

Get the Guide

Our printed Recycling Guide contains valuable waste reduction, reuse, recycling and disposal information for Hendricks County.


Have questions about how to reduce, reuse or recycle? Contact us via phone, email, Facebook or Nextdoor. We’re here to help!


Have questions about how to reduce, reuse or recycle? Contact us via phone, email, Facebook or Nextdoor. We’re here to help!

Tox-Away Days

Acids, pesticides, herbicides, old fuels, unwanted medicines, fluorescent light bulbs, oil-based paints–all these and much more are accepted at our Tox-Away Days.
Unwanted paint taking up much-needed storage space? Chances are it’s water-based. If so, it can be dried out and disposed of with your normal trash. This quick video shows you all you need to know.
The District operates two Yard Waste Recycling Centers from April through November for residents to recycle woody yard debris like brush, leaves and grass clippings from their homes. Christmas trees are also collected and recycled at the centers.
Tox-Away Days are collection events where Hendricks County households can bring chemical, batteries, bulbs, tires, electronics, appliances and other items for proper disposal. Five Tox-Away Days scheduled each year and are held at various locations around the community.
Recycling drop-off centers
The District operates 24-hour Recycling Drop-off Centers located in Lizton, Coatesville, and North Salem for those households that aren’t able to subscribe to curbside recycling service. The centers accept bottles, cans, jars, jugs, tubs, cartons, paper, and cardboard for recycling.

The Hendricks County Recycling District is dedicated to promoting recycling, waste reduction, and responsible waste management within Hendricks County.

From the Blog

How Will the New Recycling Center Work?

We've already covered What Can Be Recycled at the NEW Recycling Center. Now that we've identified the "what," let's discuss the "how." Days and Hours of Operation This is the most significant adjustment users of the new recycling center must make. The new center will...

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A Better Way to Recycle

If you are reading this, chances are you are already convinced of the merits of recycling. More recycling means more space in the landfill, more resources that can live on in another product and less energy spent extracting raw materials from the earth to manufacture...

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What Can Be Recycled at the NEW Recycling Center?

What items will be accepted at the new Lizton Recycling Center opening in just a few weeks? The short answer is, "the same stuff." But, the biggest issues we've had at the current Lizton Recycling Drop-off Center are users not following the rules by recycling things...

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The ReSource is our twice-monthly email newsletter and a great way to stay up-to-date with what’s happening here at the District, and beyond. We include Tox-Away Day reminders, recycling tips, and information about other information about waste reduction, recycling, and proper disposal options.

Unwanted Medicines?

Learn more about how/where to safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted medicines.

Lizton Recycling Drop-Off Center

Coatesville Recycling Drop-Off Center

North Salem Recycling Drop-Off Center

Recycling Drop-off Centers


How do I recycle used motor oil?

One gallon of motor oil is capable of polluting one million gallons of drinking water.  Proper disposal is critical.  Fortunately, there are many local options for the recycling of used motor oil.  Most auto service centers will accept up to five gallons of used oil per visit.  Click here to view a list of local companies that will accept used motor oil for recycling.

How should I dispose of paint?

Water-based paint can safely be disposed of with household trash if the paint has been solidified. One of the easiest ways to solidify water-based paint is to mix clay-based cat litter or a paint hardener (available a most home improvement stores) and leave the lid off until the paint has dried. Then, the paint can be placed at the curb with normal household trash. Lids must be left off of the paint cans so your trash hauler can see that the paint has solidified.

Here’s a quick video demonstration showing how easy it is to dry it up and throw it out!

Oil-based paints, varnishes, stains, epoxies, and other similar chemicals cannot be disposed of with normal trash and should be brought to one of the District’s Tox-Away Days, or taken to a private firm that will responsibly dispose of the material. For more information about the District’s Tox-Away Days, click here.


How should I dispose of unwanted medications?

Our waterways are threatened when medications are flushed down a toilet or washed down a drain. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove many of the chemicals that make up today’s pharmaceuticals. Trace amounts of estrogen, anti-depressants, anti-epileptics, and other pharmaceutical compounds are being detected in our streams and rivers.

Fortunately, Hendricks County law enforcement agencies now have unwanted medicines drop boxes in the lobbies of their police stations for use by residents. The drop boxes are available when the police stations are open (during normal business hours). No illicit drugs, syringes, lancets, needles, or thermometers are accepted in the drop boxes. Medicines should be left in their original containers. Personal information may be removed or blacked out, but the name of the drug, the prescribing pharmacy, and the original quantity prescribed should remain intact and readable. Click here for a list of nearby drop boxes.

Thanks to the Hendricks County Substance Abuse Task Force, the District is able to also accept unwanted medicines during Tox-Away Days.

How should I dispose of household batteries?

In the mid-1990s regulations were enacted that significantly reduced or eliminated the amount of mercury used in the production of alkaline batteries. As a result, alkaline batteries are safe for disposal with typical household trash.

Rechargeable and button batteries are not safe for disposal in a landfill and should always be recycled. Common chemistries of rechargeable and button batteries include Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb).

Rechargeable batteries are accepted at many local retailers through a program sponsored by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, Call 2 Recycle.  Click here to see the list of local battery recyclers.

All types of batteries are accepted for recycling at District Tox-Away Days.

Why do I have to pay for curbside recycling?

Recyclables collected in curbside recycling programs simply do not cover the cost associated with picking up, transporting, sorting, and marketing the materials. Therefore, recyclers must charge a fee to provide the service. The costs associated with offering curbside service diminish significantly as more households in a community participate. And, it's a Better Way to Recycle!

Residents are encouraged to consider subscribing to curbside recycling service through a private recycling provider. Currently, Ray’s Trash Service and Republic Services offer convenient curbside recycling service to most Hendricks County households for less than $10 per month!.

Why are the District's Recycling Drop-off Centers so far from where I live?

The District's Recycling Drop-off Centers are located where they are to give households in areas where curbside recycling is not available a recycling option. If you live in Avon, Brownsburg, Clayton, Danville, Pittsboro, or Plainfield, we would prefer you subscribe to curbside recycling instead of using a Recycling Drop-off Center. Curbside recycling is A Better Way to Recycle. Currently, Ray’s Trash Service and Republic Services offer convenient curbside recycling service for less than $10 per month.

Is wrapping paper recyclable?

In general, wrapping paper is not recyclable. Often the ink used to produce wrapping paper isn’t simply on the paper’s surface. Many times the paper is “beater dyed” which means the color is actually in the pulp of the paper. The de-inking process used to recycle most other types of paper is not effective at removing ink from paper that has been beater dyed. Many types of wrapping paper are also very thin and contain few good quality fibers for recycling. Additionally, wrapping paper is often laminated and/or contains glitter, tape, or other additives that cannot be recycled.

What should I know about Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs?

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are energy-efficient, money-saving replacements for traditional incandescent light bulbs. CFLs may cost more at the register, but they provide savings over the life of the bulb.

CFLs do contain a small amount of mercury, an average of five milligrams of mercury–enough to cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. A watch battery contains about five times as much mercury. The mercury is not emitted when CFLs are in use.

CFLs and other fluorescent light bulbs, such as four or eight foot tubes, should not be disposed of in the trash–doing so will allow the mercury contained in the bulbs to escape into the environment. Instead, all fluorescent light bulbs should be recycled.  Click here to view a list of local recycling options.

The District accepts CFLs and all other types of fluorescent light bulbs during the Tox-Away Day events.

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