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Washington Recycling Center

2200 Memorial Avenue, Washington IN 47501

Phone: 812-254-4564

Hours: Monday, 7:00am - 3:30pm; Tuesday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm; Saturday, 7:30am - 4:00pm

The center accepts:

  • PETE or PET plastics - (#1) clear plastic beverage bottles
  • HDPE plastics - (#2) milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, plastic grocery bags
  • Plastic lids from beverage bottles, milk jugs, detergent bottles and food container lids (such as margarine, whipped topping, cottage cheese, etc.) Please remove lids from containers and place in designated bin!
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel food cans (remove opened end)
  • Newspaper and slick paper inserts (place in the semi trailer)
  • Office paper - copy paper, envelopes, junk mail
  • Magazines, catalogs, phone books
  • Hard-back and paperback books
  • Used motor oil and antifreeze (Place in the small shed located next to the newspaper trailer) 



Recycling Tips

Please rinse ALL food, beverage and laundry containers. 

Remove ALL lids and caps

Plastic Lids and caps (NO attached metal or debris) can be recycled at the Washington Recycling Center


PETE or PET plastic - look for the #1 code on the bottom of the container.

HDPE plastic - look for the #2 code on the bottom of the container.

You don't need to remove labels.

REMOVE caps and lids, place in designated bins (where available)



Aluminum beverage cans

NO aluminum foil


Food cans, soup cans

Remove opened lids

You don't need to remove labels

(A magnet will stick to a steel can)  



Office paper, white copy paper, junk mail, post-it notes, envelopes, envelopes with plastic windows.

Please bag up shredded paper

NO slick or shiny paper

NO construction paper



Newspapers, slick or shiny advertising inserts



Corrugated boxes, paperboard boxes (such as cereal boxes), card stock, paper towel tubes, manila envelopes, cardboard packaging.

NO metal or plastic pieces 


Other  Contact individual facilities for instructions on recycling the following: magazines, catalogs, phone books, hard back & paperback books, cell phones, batteries.