Fall has arrived; it’s good recycling weather

Published 10:49 am Monday, October 17, 2022

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I’m often asked if I’ll be here if there’s a storm or very heavy rain. Polk County in their wisdom issues us rain pants and jackets in case it rains. Like the mailman neither rain nor snow nor sleet, figuratively speaking, will keep us from recycling. When the last hurricane came up the coast and it was blowing 40-50 mph in Columbus, recycling happened.


Folks have been wonderful about breaking down their corrugated cardboard boxes, mashing their big plastic milk jugs and putting only beverage cans in the bin that says aluminum.

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Our pickup locations are at Harmon Field (Mon.), Saluda (Tues.), Green Creek Fire Dept. (Wed.) and Columbus (Thurs.). At all locations, we’re available from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. 


Other than cardboard and paper, we take containers that hold food or household products. Plastic containers with the numbers 1-7 in a triangle on the bottom are acceptable. Bottles that have held food or household products are fine. All other plastic like coat hangers, packing, bubble wrap, plastic implements and Styrofoam are not recyclable even if they have a triangle. Glass, other than bottles, is not recyclable. Examples of what’s not recyclable are drinking glasses, window and mirror glass, ceramics, etc.


The following metal items are not recyclable at the truck: coat hangers, hardware, tin foil or pie pans, or gadgets. All metal is recyclable at the landfill. Containers that have held poison, herbicides, pesticides, anti-freeze, gasoline, or oil are not recyclable.


Our categories are as follows:

        Aluminum drink cans (no cat food cans)

        Plastic containers and steel cans together

        Glass bottles

        Corrugated cardboard

        Mixed paper (includes books, magazines, etc. When in doubt if it’s paper or cardboard, call it paper).


We also take all kinds of light bulbs and batteries except car batteries. At the landfill, there are also containers for anti-freeze, gasoline and oil, places for scrap metal and appliances and car batteries. Electronics are also accepted for a $10 fee.


We have several folks who can load their cars but can’t carry their recyclables to the trailer. Please don’t let that stop you from recycling. I’m happy to come to your vehicle and carry the recyclables for you. I admire the folks who keep recycling in spite of challenges.


Fall has arrived; it’s good recycling weather.


Dan Dworkin

Polk County Recycling Attendant