Buffalo-JohnsonCounty Recycling Center

Revised May 22, 2016

The RecyclingCenter, located at 550 Butte Street, Buffalo, (behind the Days Inn Motel and west of Ace Hardware) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for recycled items to be dropped off.  Please call 217-0320 from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays for recycling questions. Call the RecyclingCenter prior to bringing large amounts of recycling material.  If you have a question when you are at the RecycleCenter, please ask the Center staff.  You may also email the Center with your questions or suggestions:  pgonzales@johnsoncowy.us

The Recycling Center Joint Powers Board meets the second Monday of the month at 5:15 pm at the RecyclingCenter.  Visitors and suggestions are welcome.  Please contact Dean Knauer (dknauer@johnsoncowy.us) to be placed on the agenda.

Please note we have listed a few items below that can not be accepted, since we do not have a recycling outlet to send them to.  Check the bulletin board mounted on the front of the building, for recycling item updates. 

Check back often because we may be taking additional items or we may have to stop taking an item if we do not have a recycling outlet to ship it to.

Thank you for your support of the RecyclingCenter.  Without you we would not be able to recycle the wide variety of items we have listed below.  You are also contributing toward keeping around 1,300,000 pounds of material from being placed in the CountyLandfill yearly.

The following items can be dropped off to be recycled.

Plastics:  Plastic bags, bottles, plastic cups and glasses, milk jugs, bubblewrap, shrinkwrap,  plastic sheeting or similar items. We take any plastic item with a recycle logo  numbered 1 thru 7, but prefer to take only 1 and 2 plastics and film (plastic bags, bread sacks and similar).  Please remove plastic caps from containers, rinse and remove all metal.  You can help our processing efficiency by bagging all of your plastic bags and film together and separating your number 1 and 2 plastics and put in separate plastic bags.  We do take plastic oil containers if they have been thoroughly drained.  We do not take chemical containers; please dispose of these items properly.

We are accepting PVC and HDPE pipe, reinforced nylon tarps, and plastic twine commonly used when bailing hay.  Please stop by the Center to get storage bags.  Please cut all pipe into 3 ft lengths and place plastic twine in a separate bag. 

Cans:  Please rinse and separate aluminum cans from tin and steel cans.  Place metal lids (from glass jars and cans) with the tin and steel cans.  Place aluminum foil in the can by the aluminum drop-off window.  Use a magnet to determine if some cans with white linings are aluminum or steel.  We are accepting oil cans if they are thoroughly drained.  We do not accept chemical containers and propane tanks; please dispose of these items properly.

Glass:  Food jars, canning jars and drink bottles, regardless of color. Please rinse jars.  Remove metal lids and place them with the tin and steel recycling products. Place glass in the blue metal bins located in front of the building.  We do not accept corks.  We are not accepting chemical containers or windows or mirrors; please dispose of these items properly.

Cardboard:  Corrugated, paperboard (like cereal boxes, shoe boxes and other lightweight boxes), egg cartons, cardboard tubing or similar.  To help us recycle these items faster, place small paperboard containers and tubing in larger cardboard boxes before dropping them off.    We are not accepting waxed containers like paper milk cartons or similar.

Paper:  School and office paper, newspapers, catalogs, magazines, telephone books, and junk mail.  Christmas and other wrapping paper are being taken during December and January.  Place wrapping paper in sacks before dropping off.  Note that single bags of shredded paper can be dropped off daily.  However, we ask that businesses with large numbers of bags, please drop them off the first Thursday of each month.

Books:  Hard and soft-cover books.  There is a separate opening in the front of the building.

Styrofoam:  Hard and soft Styrofoam used as packing and used for food products such as plates and cups.  Clean and remove all tape, paper, shrink wrap, etc before depositing.   Packing peanuts are accepted if they are placed in closed bags.  We are not accepting blown-in or sprayed Styrofoam. 

Electronic Waste and E-Waste:  Anything that runs on electricity or uses batteries, except large appliances.  Typical items are cell phones, chargers, radios, small TV's and microwaves, cameras, computers, printers, small appliances or similar, Christmas lights and electrical cords and wire.  These items are taken year round. Place these items on wooden pallets in front of the RecycleCenter.

Textiles and Clothing:  Any condition, but please clean.  Clothing, sheets, towels, tablecloths, blankets, curtains, sleeping bags, socks and undergarments.  Paired or single shoes or boots.    Place these items in the large boxes in front of the RecyclingCenter.

Batteries:  Sealed household batteries including AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt, watch, hearing aid or similar batteries.  Recycle lead acid vehicle batteries at local businesses that handle these items.

Printer Ink Cartridges:  Place these in the Battery drop-off window.

Car Seats:  We are accepting car seats.  Please place in front of the RecycleCenter.

We Do Not Accept:  Refrigerators, air conditioners, large appliances or similar, light bulbs, purses, wallets, backpacks, totes, suitcases, belts, stuffed animals, baseball caps,  toys, puzzles, board games, pots and pans, silverware, vases, ceramics, dinnerware, window glass or mirrors, vehicle parts, mattresses, furniture, blown-in or sprayed Styrofoam, non-drained oil containers, chemical containers (either plastic or cans), propane containers, waxed containers like paper milk cartons or similar and vehicle batteries.  Please dispose of these items properly.


A printable copy of this document can be downloaded here.

Thank you for Recycling; it is the right thing to do.  It extends the life of our landfill and it reduces the need to use limited natural resources to manufacture new products.

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.