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Recycling Center & Community Services

Imagine The Possibilities offers vocational training in a supervised environment to individuals with disabilities. The training provides emphasis on developing employable work skills and habits to help introduce them into the community for competitive employment. Individuals earn wages while performing work from local businesses, such as cleaning, kitchen, light assembly, packaging and/or recycling.

The Recycling Center, which has been in operation since June 1990, continuously strives to increase efficiency and popularity of recycling in Jackson County. The Agency worked in conjunction with the Jackson County Sanitary Disposal Agency to create a county-wide recycling program, which was implemented in 1991. The recycling program has been very successful in reducing county waste, creating more jobs while maintaining a cleaner environment.

recycling-300x288Since 2014 the Agency has contracted with the Jackson County Board of Supervisors to haul rural recycling bins from Bellevue, Preston, Iron Hill and Otter Creek.  The Bellevue bin is typically emptied out on Mondays and Fridays.  Otter Creek is also emptied on Mondays with Iron Hill being emptied on Wednesdays.  The Preston bin is on a 4-day rotation with bins being emptied on Wednesday one week and Monday and Friday the following week.  This schedule then repeats throughout the year.  These containers are designed for rural customers in Jackson County.  If you have any questions or concerns about the rural bins, please contact our office.

The Recycling Center is located at 1710 East Maple Street in Maquoketa, Iowa – just off the industrial bypass east of town.

The Outdoor Recycling Drop-Off is available to residents of Jackson County – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Clothing & Household Materials Program

Clothing

  • Men’s, Women’s and Children’s clothing- including coats, etc.
  • Only clothing that is in fair (wearable) condition, please.
  • All clothing should be clean, dry and free of grease and mildew.
  • Do not recycle belts or purses.

Shoes

  • Shoes in a re-wearable condition, and must be in pairs.
  • All shoes should be clean, dry and free of mildew.
  • No heavy work boots, women’s high heels or bedroom slippers.

Household Materials

  • Including drapes, towels, sheets, blankets and feather pillows.
  • Do not recycle rugs, carpet, quilt cuttings or rags.

Please view our FAQs of Recycling Page for a list of accepted materials.


The majority of the materials in Jackson County are delivered to the Recycling Center. In addition to being the central recycling facility for typical materials for Jackson County, the Recycling Center also offers specialized recycling services.

Confidential Shredding Program

This program was initiated to provide businesses with a secure method to dispose of confidential and sensitive documents. The Recycling Center will pick up materials from businesses in Jackson County and the surrounding area by appointment.

Large Quantity Pickup

Businesses that generate large quantities of recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, tin, aluminum and clothing will find recycling easier by taking advantage of this program. The Recycling Center will pick up materials from businesses in Jackson County and the surrounding area by appointment.

To schedule a pickup, or for more information about the program, schedules or fees, contact Matt Otting (Maintenance & Recycling Operations Manager) at 563-652-5252 ext. 1113 between 8 AM and 3:30 PM, or email .

Recycling Trailer

In 2012, we received a grant from the for the purchase of a mobile recycling trailer. The Recycling Trailer is available for all community and private events in Jackson County and surrounding areas.

There is no charge for use of the trailer. The Agency will also deliver the trailer prior to the start of the event and pick up the trailer afterward at no cost.

To schedule a pickup, or for more information about the program, schedules or fees, contact Matt Otting (Maintenance & Recycling Operations Manager) at 563-652-5252 ext. 1113 between 8 AM and 3:30 PM, or email .