Solid Waste Management District

RECYCLING LOCALLY - ways you can contribute - do your part

Recycle  *  Reduce  *  Reuse  *  Re-purpose

CLICK HERE for a printable Household Recycling Directory-
which contains info about the places to recycle locally and the items various locations accept.

What is Recycling?

Recycling is the process of collecting, separating, and re-manufacturing or converting used or waste products into new materials.  Recycling helps extend the life and usefulness of something that has already served its initial purpose by producing some other product that is usable.
Curbside Recycling  - Due to the number of available collection haulers in the Findlay and Hancock County area, the City of Findlay does not currently provide a curb-side collection service.  However, If you are interested in subscribing to recycling curbside collection services, please look up waste haulers in your area for more details. 


1. RECYCLING SAVES THE ENVIRONMENT :    Recycling different products will help the environment.  For example, we know that paper comes from trees and many trees are being cut down just to produce paper.  By recycling paper, we can help lesson the number of trees that are cut down.  Products made from raw materials that came from our natural resources should be recycled so that we can help preserve the environment.    

2. RECYCLING SAVES ENERGY :  It takes less energy to process recycled materials than to process virgin materials.  For example, It takes a lot less energy to recycle paper than to create new paper from trees.  The energy from transporting virgin materials from the source is also saved.  Saving energy also has its own benefits like decreasing pollution.  This creates less stress on our own health and our economy.     

3. RECYCLING HELPS MITIGATE GLOBAL WARMING and REDUCE POLLUTION :   By saving energy in industrial production through recycling, the greenhouse gas emissions from factories and industrial plants are lessened and the use of fuels that emit harmful gasses during production is also minimized.  Recycling biodegradable waste (rather than burning it) will contribute to the reduction of air pollution and greenhouse gasses that deplete the ozone layer.    

4. RECYCLING SAVES NEEDED SPACE IN LANDFILLS :  Not all materials are recyclable.  By recycling the products that are recyclable we can lesson the amount of waste materials that are placed into landfills over time and save that space for materials that are not recyclable.    

5. RECYCLING HELPS YOU SAVE MONEY :  Products that are made with recycled content are less expensive than products made from virgin materials.  If you live in an area that charges you for your trash removal on a per bag basis you can see a significant drop in your trash removal costs by recycling.  It is common for residents to lower their trash bills by 50% once they start recycling.



Recycling needs to be a habit not a chore. Think of recycling in terms of mowing the yard, folding laundry or cleaning your room; these are not things that we always enjoy doing but they must be done from time to time to maintain our lifestyles.  Education and repetition is the most effective way to develop good habits. The habits we instill in our children today will benefit the generations of tomorrow.  Hancock County Solid Waste District has coarse specific curriculum relating to the three R's; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Presentations may be scheduled with the Hancock County Solid Waste District to meet your organizations needs.

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At the Hancock County Solid Waste District, we want our community to feel welcome and involved. For more information contact 419-424-1113.


Recycling Roll-off Locations

Modular Recycling Roll-off Unit locations are available throughout Hancock County.   These Roll-off Units are placed on a semi-permanent basis at various locations week to week.  Please use all the units properly, which means no contamination (items that are NOT accepted being deposited), no littering or leaving materials outside of the unit and no illegal dumping will be tolerated.  These are illegal actions and are prosecutable offences. This will result in the roll-off unit being removed and the program discontinued.   
Please Recycle Responsibly.  

These Modular Recycling Units collect materials such as:
     Steel Food Cans
     Aluminum Beverage Cans
Corrugated Cardboard
Magazines & Catalogs
Plastic Bottles & Containers: #1, #2, #3, #5 and #7
GLASS Bottles & Jars ONLY

NEW PAINT JOB- Unit#1-2019 
*** Do NOT leave materials on the ground. Please use responsibly. ***

The Modular Recycling Unit locations for your  convenience:
   Arlington Community Park - North End
   Benton Ridge Comm. Park, Benton Ridge
   Biglick Twp House – 8273 Twp Rd 258, Alvada
Bob Evans – 1111 County Line  - Fostoria
      Hancock Education Service Center     7746 CR140, Findlay
   Jackson Twp House – 16006 CR 8, Houcktown
Mount Cory Grain Elevator, SR 235       
Portage Twp House – 8037 SR 613
      Riverdale School - 20613 SR 37, Mt. Blanchard       
Spectrum Lot – 4500 Fostoria Ave - Findlay    
Van Buren – @VB School Bus Garage Alley
   Vanlue Grain Elevator alley– 309 Main Cross St, Vanlue
   West Independence Church – US 224/CR 23

 ** Denotes location has unit on specific days for a limited time only 
   **Mc Comb Maintenance Bldg, Mc Comb        **Drop 1st Tuesday of the month/PU-Thurs
   **Mt Blanchard -Hurricane Park     **Drop 2nd Tuesday of the month/PU-Thurs
   **First Presbyterian Church – 2330 S. Main St      **Drop 2nd Friday of the month/ PU-Monday
   **Trinity Lutheran–300 W. Bigelow Ave, Findlay  **Drop Last Friday of the month/PU-SAT

*** Remote Unit Access may change without notice due to holidays, unit abuse, illegal dumping and staff availability***

For a visible reference where these are located and information regarding Part-Time locations please view or print the following document.    
      Roll-Off location MAP(updated as of 1/04/2024) 

Don't let your community be left out. 
 The SWMD will provide recycling stations free of  charge to your location on a temporary or permanent basis.  Reminder - please use all the units properly, which means no contamination (items that are NOT accepted being disposed), no littering or leaving materials outside of the unit and no illegal dumping will be tolerated.  This may result in the unit being removed and the program discontinued.       Contact us today for  more information about  getting a recycling station for your community. For more information about these modular recycling programs contact  


ADD Recycling to Your  Event     

Hancock County Solid Waste Management District wants to help you recycle at your youth, community or business event.   Whether your event will last one day, one week, or longer, we want to make recycling available to you.  We will place Recycling Bottles or Recycling Units at your event, free of charge. For more information about recycling at your events please contact via e-mail at  










Christmas Tree Recycling  -

Tree Recycing

Recycling tree & wreaths - DEC 26th  thru January 17, 2023 

Where: Two (2) Location Options:
 Hancock County Sanitary Landfill CR 140,  Findlay, OH   or
     at Kaleidoscope Farms, 14841 CR 54, Mt. Cory

Hancock County would like to use your holiday tree for habitat preservation in wetland

s and  ponds around the area.  Please consider donating your BARE holiday tree, which means
no decorations, no tinsel, no lights and no plastic wrap, to the Solid Waste Management District at the Sanitary Landfill (south of the shop, signs are posted) or at Kaleidoscope Farms. 

Your contribution will help our environment and it's wildlife & wetland habitat. 




Paper Shredding Day  -  2023 

Event Hours:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: behind  7746 CR 140,  Findlay  
(Educational Service Center - aka Old County Home)
Look for the entrance to the event by the Job & Family Services building (across from Kohl's Distribution)...follow the cones. 

Thank you to everyone that participated and made the July 2022 event a success.   We shredded 10 TONS of paper from over 250 county residents. 

   Don't be a Victim of Identity Theft!
*Confidential and Complete     *Destruction of your Documents 
*On-site, shredding while you watch
*NO plastic bags will be accepted
**Reminder - Please place documents in the t
runk of the vehicle or in truck bed for easy, less-confusion, 
no-hassle speedy collection**

Acceptable items include: Bank information and cancelled checks / outdated bills /  mortgage and loan information / medical information / obsolete invoices / letters / envelopes / ledgers / any other clean paper

Please limit the amount to be shredded to 4 boxes of documents per vehicle.  Paper clips, binder clips, and rubber bands can remain in the files.  This service is Offered FREE of Charge and is open to all Hancock County Residents and Small Businesses.



GY-Cooper LOGO (2023)
Tire Recycling

 Hancock County Residents will have the opportunity to bring their old passenger and light truck tires for recycling. This collection event is sponsored by Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Inc. Residents will be able to participate in this FREE collection event.  This event is for Hancock County Residents Only and is not for businesses or organizations.


Next Event will be held:   
Where:  Behind the Educational Service Center (Old County Home) 
7746 County Rd. 140, Findlay
Look for the entrance to the event by the Job & Family Services Building (across from Kohl's Distribution)   Follow the cones.  
Hours:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - ONE DAY ONLY!!

Thanks to those that participated in the 2023 event

*ALWAYS need more volunteers - so many tires, so little time - let us know if you are able to help throw a few tires & be a part of the collection solution* 

Event Guidelines:.

  • Any Hancock County Resident 16 years of age or older can recycle up to (4) four passenger or light duty truck tires.
  • All tires must be 17 inches or less in rim diameter and be off the rim for recycling.
  • Proof of Hancock County residence will be required at the collection site.
  • The transporting of more than 9 new or used tires in a single vehicle requires an Ohio EPA tire transporter license.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines for a successful event!
If you have tires because you missed the event, tires can be collected of for a FEE at the Hancock County Sanitary Landfill on County Road 140.


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & Paint Recycling

Hancock County Residents have the opportunity to bring their old paints, household chemicals and other Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) to Litter Landing for recycling during approved recycling event times times listed below.  This program is open to Hancock County residents only and we will not accept HHW from businesses or organizations.
Proof of Hancock County residence is required at Litter Landing.

*2024 Event TBD*
**HHW-Paint is not acceptable at this time**
Please do not illegally leave/dump at the facility when not accepting materials. 


 *Helpful Note: Latex paints may be dried out and placed into regular trash to be disposed at a sanitary landfill.
This drying process may take a few hours / days. An additive such as oil dry, saw dust or kitty litter may be added to help speed this drying process.

Items to be accepted Include:

•Latex Paint (Limit:  10 cans per vehicle)
•Oil Based Paint
•Aluminum Paint
•Varnishes & Stains
•Paint Thinners

•Flammable Solids

•Propane Cylinders
•Fluorescent Bulbs (4' max)
•Antifreeze/Motor Oil


Used oils and fluids may NOT Be Mixed with any other materials such as Solvents, Paint / Lacquer Thinners, Varnish, Household Chemicals, Antifreeze, Gasoline, Or Crop Protection Products.
CFL light bulbs and rechargeable batteries can be dropped off at collection boxes located in Lowe's and Home Depot stores.
Litter Landing will NOT accept these items!

For any questions please e-mail


Electronics Recycling
Electronics are collected and recycled at Litter Landing anytime during regular business hours. We also accept large appliances at Litter Landing. ex. stoves, washers, dryers, etc.


Accepted items at Litter Landing include:

  • CPU's     
  • Keyboards
  • Radios
  • Phones
  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • Scanners
  • Hard Drives
  • Lap tops
  • CD/ROM Drives
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Computer Speakers
  • Cables
  • VCR's

In Cooperation with:      Rader Environmental Services, Inc.
328 East Sandusky Street • Findlay • OH 45840 • 1.419.424.1222

For any questions please contact the Hancock County Solid Waste Management District at
 via e-mail at