Meade County Recycle Center
In 1996, Meade County purchased a 70’x 120’ building at 211 north Fowler (which is also State Highway 23) in the City of Meade. A baler was purchased in 1996 and a bobcat loader was purchased in 1997 with funds from the KDHE grant program. We have also leased another baler from Sonoco Recycling in May of 2007. The building is the central collection site for the county recycle program. A converted 8’ x 24’ trailer is located in Fowler and a metal shed approx. 40’ x 60’ is located in Plains. They are used as collection sites in those cities.
The Recycle Center in Meade is divided into two areas. There is a walk area open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the public to bring in material. The remainder of the building is secured from the public and is used to store and process material. The type of recycle materials accepted are: cardboard, newspaper, office paper, magazines, telephone books, aluminum cans, metal cans, #1 PETE (clear and colored plastic), and #2 HDPE heavy plastic. Appendix A-5 list the approximate yearly tonnage collected at the center. The capacity of the Recycle Center has not been met, which leaves ample room to expand the recycle program.
Meade County owns and operates a pick – up truck and trailer that is used to collect cardboard from businesses in each city. Cardboard is collected and brought to the Recycle Center to be baled and stored until the material is shipped out of the county for further processing by a commercial contractor. A full time person is employed by the county to operate the Recycle Center. His job description includes collection of cardboard throughout the county and to process the material, including all material collected in the walk-in area. After the material is collected and processed, it is stored until there is enough material to fill a semi-trailer, and then it is shipped to a commercial processor.
Jim Welch, Operator
Brad Foster, Manager
OPEN 24 hours-a-day
Items Accepted for Recycle:
1. All white paper with black print only
1. Please NO cereal or pop boxes
2. NO Asian Cardboard, this is yellow in color and is usually from imported items. It is made from rice and recycle companies will not accept it.
Please rinse and remove labels, they do not need to be crushed and bottoms should remain intact.
Milk Jugs: please rinse and remove caps
Clear Plastic Pop Bottles: please rinse and remove caps
Heavy Plastic: jugs, margarine containers, etc. Please rinse and remove lids
Green Plastic Pop Bottles: please rinse and remove caps
Plains has a building by the airport where recycle materials are collected.
Fowler has a trailer across the street west from Don's Farm Tire where recycle materials are collected.