The Perry County Waste Reduction & Recycling office is located at 2231 State Route 13 in New Lexington, beside the PerCo Recycling Center. Matt Reed serves as Director of the program. Other employees include Mike Phillips, Litter Crew Supervisor; and Katrina Carpenter, Education Specialist. Brannon Alkire serves as our Perry County Environmental Law Enforcement Deputy.
History & Goals
The Perry County program was established by Jim Hart, the first program director, in 1990. Over the years, all activities have been funded through grants which were brought into the county from the Coshocton-Fairfield-Licking-Perry Solid Waste District (CFLP) and ODNR, Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention.
Since the beginning, efforts to change the way people think about trash and litter have been focused in several directions: educating people about various issues, enforcing litter and illegal dumping laws, maintaining a crew to address illegal dumpsites around the county, and providing alternatives to old habits of disposal.
The mission of this program is to improve the overall understanding of reducing the amount of waste we generate in our community. We strive to encourage recycling and composting, as well as reduce littering and encourage community clean-up events.
What we accept:
-Clear & Brown beverage bottles
*Remove all plastic/metal lids and rings.
-Milk jugs, pop bottles & other containers with #1 or #2 in recycling triangle near the bottom of container *Remove all plastic/metal lids and rings.
-Flattening saves space...
Steel Food Cans:
-All “tin” and steel food cans are accepted
*Again flattening saves space!
Newspapers, Magazines, Office Paper and Catalogs:
-Newspapers may be bagged or thrown in loose.
-Slick, glossy magazines and catalogs are also accepted. Bag glossy separately from non-glossy papers
Corrugated Cardboard and Pasteboard:
-All corrugated boxes. Please flatten boxes to save space!
Includes cereal boxes, pop boxes and other thin pasteboard materials.
What we don't accept:
and why we don't...
Light bulbs, window glass:
-All glass is not created equal! The glass in these items is not something you want mixed into new glass bottles!
#3-#7 Plastics, plastic toys, etc…
-…other than beverage containers with # 1 or #2 on them!
Just as brown glass is different from clear glass, a # 5 plastic tub is not the same as a #1 pop bottle… Different types of plastics cannot successfully be merged together into a usable product…
contamination costs the recycling facility time to sort and can cost them by lowering the price they receive for their finished product.
-buy what you need, use what you buy, donate what is left! As a last resort, dry it up until -completely hard and dispose of with trash (leave lids off so trash hauler knows it is not liquid!)
-is accepted at our Ultimate Recycling Days. Dates vary, but we try to organize two in the spring and two in the fall. Call our office for other options that may be available.
Hazardous household chemicals can be taken to Environmental Enterprises Inc. in Columbus. Call our office for more information 740-342-7881.