FAQs of Recycling

Who operates Jackson County’s Recycling Program?

Matt Otting, Operations Manager
Phone: (563) 652-5252 Ext. 1113

When Can I Recycle In Jackson County?


Monday-Wednesday: 7 AM – 3 PM
Thursday: 6:30 AM – 3 PM
Friday: 7 AM – 3 PM

(Closed on the Weekend)

The The Recycling Center, located at 1710 E. Maple Street in Maquoketa, Iowa, is available for recycling drop-off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Can I Schedule An appointment?

Yes. You are encouraged to contact us during business hours.

Where Can I Recycle?

  • The Agency offers several convenient recycling bins located in rural areas:
    • Bellevue, Iowa
    • Iron Hill, Iowa
    • Preston, Iowa
    • Otter Creek, Iowa
  • Along with the primary Recycling Center and the Jackson County Transfer Station.
  • Or, have us come pick it up from you! Contact Matt Otting at 563-652-4242 ext. 1113 today to schedule a large quantity pickup.

 What Can I Recycle?

  • Glass Containers (Only accepted at the Recycling Center or Transfer Station)
    • DO RECYCLE: Food-containing jars, salad dressing bottles, condiment bottles, juice containers, pop bottles, beer bottles, liquor bottles, wine bottles, etc.
    • DO NOT RECYCLE: Mirror glass, window glass, crystal, drinking glasses, light bulbs, ceramics, ovenware, broken glass, etc.
  • Aluminum & Tin
    • DO RECYCLE: Soft drink cans, juice cans, beer cans, food-containing cans/lids, aluminum foil, empty spray cans, disposable bakeware, etc.
    • DO NOT RECYCLE: Pots & pans, baking pans, cans containing hazardous materials (paint, varnish, sealers, etc.), etc.
  • Plastic Bottles & Containers
    • DO RECYCLE: Milk & juice jugs, soft drink bottles, water & juice bottles, laundry detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, cleanser bottles, food containers, plastics with a recycling symbol, etc.
    • DO NOT RECYCLE: Contaminated plastics (from motor oil, paint, gasoline, antifreeze, etc.), plastic bags of any kind, plastic toys, Tupperware, medical supplies, laundry baskets, plastic cookware & utensils, polystyrenes, prescription bottles, etc.
  • Paper & Cardboard
    • DO RECYCLE: Cardboard boxes, chipboard material (frozen food boxes, pop & beer cases, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.), office & writing paper, telephone books, newspapers & magazines, paper bags, junk mail, etc.
    • DO NOT RECYCLE: Food-stained cardboard, packing material, Styrofoam, etc.
  • Apparel / Clothing & Shoes
    • DO RECYCLE: Fair condition and clean men’s, women’s and children’s clothing (including coats); fair condition and clean shoes in pairs, fair condition and clean household materials (towels, sheets, and blankets)
    • DO NOT RECYCLE: Belts, purses, heavy work boots, women’s high heels, bedroom slippers, rugs, carpet, quilt cuttings, or rags

What is the Jackson County Transfer Station?

What materials are accepted here?

  • The Jackson County Transfer Station is located at 25184 250th Street in Maquoketa, Iowa. This is a location where people can bring large quantities of waste materials that are not accepted by local refuse collection. The waste collected at the transfer station is loaded onto semi trailers and shipped to a cooperating landfill in Illinois.
  • RECYCLE: All solid waste material (non-recyclable waste), recyclable materials (unbroken container glass, plastic containers, paper & cardboard products, aluminum & tin cans, and scrap aluminum & steel), materials of hazardous waste (household cleaners, home improvement, pesticides, automotive, etc.) and sharps disposal (needles, syringes, lancets, or self-administering medicinal pens in a secure closed container).
  • DO NOT RECYCLE: Free flowing liquids, dead animals, burning waste, asbestos in any form, radioactive waste, etc.
  • What other materials are recyclable?
    • Motor Oil: To find the best way to dispose of oil, contact the Jackson County Transfer Station, local garbage company or local service station. For more information on recycling locations, call 1-800-MOTOROIL.
    • Car Batteries: Contact your local auto dealer, service station, or battery dealer for recycling or trade-in as an alternative to disposal.
    • Household Batteries: Contact local stores for recycling or call 1-800-8BATTERY
    • Rubber Tires: In Iowa some scrap tires are ultimately used for tire derived fuel (TDF). The rest are made into products like door mats, crumb rubber, roofing, playground material and asphalt. Contact your local tire dealer or the transfer station for disposal information.
    • Ink/Toner Cartridges: Laser ink & printer cartridges can be recycled and refilled multiple times. Most stores that sell ink cartridges also have recycling bins for your old cartridges. Some organizations collect ink & toner cartridges for charity.
  • What other services are provided through the recycling program?
    • Confidential Shredding: This program was initiated to provide businesses with a secure method to dispose of confidential and sensitive documents. The Agency will pick up materials from businesses in Jackson County and the surrounding area by appointment. The cost is $3 per 100 pounds. To schedule a pickup, or for more information about the program, schedules or fees, call the Recycling Center between the hours listed below at 563-652-5252.
      Recycling Center Hours:
      Monday through Friday ~ 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • 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, call the Recycling Center at 563-652-5252 during the hours above.


  • Why should I recycle?
    • In the simplest answer, it’s great for our environment! We’ll give you 10 shocking facts and hopefully these give you enough reason to START RECYCLING TODAY!
      • Fact 1: Recycling 1 ton of paper conserves 17 trees!
      • Fact 2: For every soft drink bottle you recycle, you save enough energy to run a television set for an hour and a half!
      • Fact 3: Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates 1 job. Land filling this same amount of waste creates 6 jobs. Recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs!
      • Fact 4: Each person in the United States throws away about 4 pounds of garbage a day!
      • Fact 5: To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
      • Fact 6: If all of our newspapers were recycled we could save about 250,000,000 trees per year! (That’s 250 Million!)
      • Fact 7: Americans use about 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away.
      • Fact 8: It takes about 500 years for an aluminum can to biodegrade at a landfill.
      • Fact 9: It takes about 3,000 years for a glass bottle or jar to biodegrade at a landfill.
      • Fact 10: Plastic and Styrofoam is not biodegradable. They will last forever!


How much did the Recycling Center recycle during the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year?

  • Glass: 269.08 tons
  • Cardboard: 336.46 tons
  • Plastic: 90.79 tons
  • Tin: 36.30 tons
  • Paper: 311.01 tons
  • Textile: 14.68 tons

How much did the Recycling Center recycle during the 2013 – 2014 fiscal  year?

  • Glass = 400.60 tons
  • Cardboard = 391.09 tons
  • Plastic = 82.44 tons
  • Tin/Aluminum = 60.78 tons
  • Paper = 485.00 tons
  • Clothing & Shoes = 21.55 tons