Recycle

Meade County Recycle Center

In 1996, Meade County purchased 70 feet by 120 feet 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 Kansas Department of Health and Environment 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 recycling program. A converted 8 feet by 24 feet trailer is located in Fowler and a metal shed approximately. 40 feet by 60 feet is located in Plains. They are used as collection sites in those cities.

The Recycle Center in Meade is divided into two areas. There are 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 recycled materials accepted are cardboard, newspaper, office paper, magazines, telephone books, aluminum cans, metal cans, Number 1 PETE (clear and colored plastic), and Number 2 HDPE heavy plastic. Appendix A-5 lists 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 recycling 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 a collection of cardboard throughout the county and processing 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.

OPEN 24 hours-a-day

Items Accepted for Recycle

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Phone Books
  • Corrugated Cardboard
    • Please NO cereal or pop boxes
    • No Asian Cardboard, this is yellow in color and is usually from imported items. It is made from rice and recycling companies will not accept it.
  • Computer Paper
    • All white paper with black print only
    • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Tin Cans
    • Please rinse and remove labels, they do not need to be crushed and the bottoms should remain intact.
  • Plastic
  • Milk Jugs
    • Please rinse and remove the caps.
  • Clear Plastic Pop Bottles
    • Please rinse and remove the caps.
  • Heavy Plastic
    • Jugs, margarine containers, etc. Please rinse and remove the lids.
  • Green Plastic Pop Bottles
    • Please rinse and remove the caps.


 Fowler has a trailer across the street west from Don's Farm Tire where recycle materials are collected.