A pain-free guide to recycling in Dayton

The City of Dayton and surrounding burbs love to keep our gem city green. With that in mind, Dayton provides a simple and convenient recycling option where no sorting or separating is required. All Daytonians have to do is place their recyclables by the curb and take advantage of free recycling.

With more than 54K locals already going green, it’s the perfect time to find out how you can help. Recycling is an awesome option for cutting costs and saving taxpayers thousands of dollars each year -- and come on let’s be real, everyone loves to save some money. Plus, it’s good for the environment, saves energy, reduces harmful landfills and conserves important raw materials.

Ready to start saving and going green?

  • Call 333-4800 or visit Recycle Dayton’s site to get your very own bin

  • Citizens have the option of a 32 or 96 gallon container

  • Collect recyclables throughout the week, then toss them to the bin bi-weekly

Not sure what’s considered a recyclable item?

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  • Glass bottles and jars: clear, brown, green and blue are all accepted

  • Newspaper, magazines, telephone books, cartons and of course, the one item that every house is sure to have -- pizza boxes

  • All aluminum and metal beverage cans, including steel and tin food cans

What SHOULDN’T you toss in the container?

  • Batteries are a no-no.

  • Plastic bags are recyclable, however they are not welcomed by curbside recycling. Contact your local grocery to find the best way to dispose.

  • Styrofoam

  • Pizza boxes, ONLY if covered in grease

  • Paper plates, cups and bowls

  • Broken glass

But let’s say you don’t have that service. Where can you take your things to be recycled around the Dayton area?

  • North Transfer Facility, 6589 Old Webster St., Vandalia

  • South Transfer Facility, 1001 Encrete Lane, Moraine

  • GREEN DEBRIS ONLY: Wagner Ford Landfill, 2670 Wagner Ford Road, Dayton

Recycling stations accept:

  • GLASS: clear, brown, green and blue glass food and beverage containers

  • CANS: steel soup/food cans, aluminum beverage cans, empty aerosol cans

  • PLASTIC: soft drink bottles, salad dressing/ketchup containers, peanut butter, milk jugs, water, shampoo

  • PAPER: non-personal mail, envelopes, newspaper, magazines, telephone books, office paper, paperboard boxes, drink boxes, cartons

  • CARDBOARD: shipping, packing and storage boxes

  • ELECTRONICS: computers, VCRs, DVD/CD players, monitors, speakers, microwaves, answering machines, fax machines, typewriters

  • GREEN DEBRIS: leaves, branches, grass clippings, tree limbs (Wagner Ford location only)

Residents of Montgomery County can also dispose of large household appliances and farm tires twice a year, free of charge. Household hazardous waste disposal is available during weekly collection times. For more information regarding recycling, check with

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