The Recycling Center 3100 W. South Ave. recycle center

(located next to the Transfer Station)

Hours: Monday thru Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The City of Emporia’s recycling efforts began in 1989 and over 2000 tons of recyclable materials are accepted and processed annually. Revenue generated from sales is returned to the program. The Recycling Center and equipment was purchased in part by grant money provided by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

Materials accepted: cardboard, paperboard, newspaper, magazines, slick paper, office paper/junk mail, aluminum cans/other aluminum, tin cans, container glass and plastics numbered 1-7. Please remove lids from plastics and rinse containers. No sorting is required

Shredded paper: Place shredded paper in clear plastic bags, and close securely.


Materials not accepted:plastic


  • Plastic bags/plastic sheeting
  • Unnumbered plastics
  • Styrofoam ™ and polystyrene
  • Glass and ceramic cookware and dishes, mirrors, window glass, lightbulbs
  • Wax or plastic-coated cardboard or paper; photographs
  • Facial and toilet tissue, paper towels, plates, cups or any paper in contact with food, gift wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Trash/Organics (food & waste)
  • Electronics and small appliances
  • Clothing, fabric, carpets and shoes             (see Yes & No list for complete list)
  • Scissors, sharps, aerosol cans
  • Household hazardous waste


Recycling Trailers

recycle-trailors A recycling trailer for community use is located in the parking lot of Emporia's east Dillon’s grocery store Thursday noon to Saturday 10:00 a.m.


Recycling trailers are also located in area communities.





County Trailer Schedule



Strong City > 1st & 3rd Thursday

Cottonwood Falls > 2nd & 4th Thursday

Cedar Point >      1st Tuesday in June, August, September, November & December

                              2nd Tuesday in July & October

Matfield Green>               3rd Tuesday in July and October

                                             4th Tuesday in June, August, September, November & December

Lake Kahola > July 4 & 5 and September 5 & 6


Olpe > Every Monday except Holidays (Trailers are staged on the Friday before Holiday's)

Admire > 1st & 3rd Tuesday

Neosho Rapids > 2nd and 4th Tuesday

Americus > 1st & 3rd Wednesday

Hartford > 2nd & 4th Wednesday

Reading > 1st & 3rd Thursday

Northern Heights > 2nd and 4th Thursday

Drop-Off Recycling Options

Many items can be recycled at drop-off locations throughout town. Some of the more common items are listed below.

  • Books to the Public Library
  • Clothing, housewares, furniture, working electronics and small appliances to organizations such as The Salvation Army or Goodwill.
  • Plastic sacks to Walmart, Dillon’s or JC Penney
  • Yard waste to the City landfill/Transfer station
  • Hazardous waste to facility at 3000 W. South Avenue

Recycling Directory

Not sure if an item can be recycled? Use the Emporia Recycling Directory 

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