December schedule for free recycling dropoffs set

By Paul Ploumis

There are no changes in the schedule of free countywide recycling drop-offs for December sponsored by the Monroe County Recycling and Green Community Program and Republic Services.

The recycling trailer will appear first Wednesday at the Monroe Township Hall, 4925 E. Dunbar Rd. and every Wednesday after that. The trailer also will visit the Kroger store off M-50 in Dundee Dec. 6 and 20 and every Tuesday at the Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Rd., Temperance. It also will be stationed Dec. 14 across from St. Joseph Catholic Grade School in Erie. Monroe County residents also can take advantage of free drop-offs every Thursday at Stevens Disposal Co., 16929 Ida West Rd., Petersburg. Stevens is offering the drop-offs to the public independent of the county’s efforts.

Visitors are reminded to bring only materials accepted for recycling and that plastic bags should not be dropped into the bins, said Dan Rock, Recycling and Green Community Program coordinator for the county. Recyclables can be dropped loosely inside and plastic bags can be dropped off at some grocery store entrances like Meijer, Rock said.

Those materials accepted for recycling include aluminum, steel and tin cans; clear and colored glass; plastics labeled Nos. 1-5 or 7; newspapers, slicks, office paper and magazines; junk mail; soft-cover books; paperboard, and milk and juice cartons. Lids and labels can be included.

Recyclables should be clean and dry and dropped in loose. Greasy pizza boxes, Styrofoam plastic, soiled paper, diapers, tools, medical instruments, yard waste, scrap metal and food are not accepted, he said.

To recycle other materials, such as batteries, CFL bulbs, computers, laptop computers, televisions and electronics, contact Rock at 240-7909 or email or visit