2016 Recycling Numbers

In 2016, the Lawrence County Solid Waste Management District collected many recyclables from residents

and businesses. In most cases these materials are sold at a market value, and the revenue generated is used to fund future recycling efforts in our county! 

 

Here are the 2016 Totals:

 

 

Material

Tons

 

Aluminum Cans

6.0495

 

Scrap Metal

118.39

 

Steel Cans

7.53  

Paper

255.17

 

Glass

52.56

 

Tires

121.16

 

Plastic

45.85

 

Cardboard

319.25

 

Totals:

925.9595

 

Keep on recycling, so we can keep these

valuable materials out of the landfill!


*Why do we pay for glass to be recycled? LCSWMD actually saves money by recycling glass instead of taking it to the landfill: it costs $7.11/ton to recycle glass with our purchaser Strategic Materials, but over $30/ton to discard it in the Medora Landfill.

The money we spend on glass recycling covers the cost of sorting and crushing the glass at the Strategic Materials plant. A good way to help keep down the cost of glass recycling is to reduce contaminants like trash... make sure you only recycle glass bottles and jars!