Recycling 101



Madison County to host its 27th year of Christmas Tree Recycling
Effective 12/1/23

In coordination with Madison County Building & Zoning, townships and municipalities throughout the county are providing 31 drop-off sites for residents to dispose of their Christmas trees.

The Christmas Tree Recycling Program has operated successfully for the past 27 years in Madison County. The recycled trees are chipped into mulch and used in public gardens and parks across the community. 

Rather than toss the tree in the trash, take it to a recycling location. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 26 through Jan. 14, 2024. All lights and ornaments must be removed prior to drop-off. Pine wreaths, pine roping, or other landscape waste is prohibited.

View list of Recycling Locations.

Christmas Tree Recycling Picture

Holiday Recycling Guide

During the holidays, the average American throws away about 25% more waste. That additional waste can make a significant impact on landfill use. Click here to view and download our quick and easy guide to help slash extra trash this holiday season. 

Download the recycling guide above by clicking here. 

Curbside Recycling 101

Residential curbside recycling is a service offered by many municipalities in Madison County. Although it is mostly straightforward, misinformation and unclear labeling can cause confusion. Use the tips and guidelines below to help ensure effective recycling practices and cut down on contamination by non-recyclable items.

What Can Be Recycled Through Madison County Curbside Pick-Up?

Click here to download an easy reference sheet for what can be recycled in Madison County, or refer to the guide below.  



  • Plastics #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #7 plastic containers
  • Includes bottles, jars, jugs, and other rigid plastics
  • Food and beverage cartons

  • Aluminum and metal cans
  • Loose jar lids
  • Metal bottle caps
  • Aluminum foil

  • Glass bottles 
  • Loose jar lids
  • Metal bottle caps
  • Aluminum foil
Please, no plastic bags, napkins, styrofoam, or food waste.   

Common Recycling Myths

Myth: If an item has a recycling symbol, I can place it in my curbside bin. 
Fact: An item's ability to be recycled depends on whether or not your local waste hauler has the means to recycle it. Just because it can be recycled somewhere doesn't mean it is recyclable in Madison County.  
Myth: If I'm unsure whether or not an item can be recycled, I'll place it in the bin and the waste hauler can sort it out. 
Fact: Non-recyclable items are considered contamination. Rising percentages of contamination may prevent haulers and recycling facilities from accepting materials in the future.
Myth: If plastic bags cannot be placed in curbside recycling, they must be thrown in the trash. 
Fact: Although plastic bags can't be placed in curbside bins, they are completely recyclable. Click here to find a plastic bag drop-off location near you. 

Where can I recycle...



Household Chemicals?

Latex Paint?


Plastic Bags and Wraps?


Textiles and Old Clothing?

Fluorescent Light Bulbs