The Recycle Depot will NOT ACCEPT these items. See below for alternative disposal options.

  • Alkaline batteries
  • Loose scrap (such as vinyl/aluminum siding, automotive parts, construction debris)
  • Furniture
  • Textiles
  • Luggage
  • Household goods
  • Phone or iPad cases
  • Pallets
  • Old or broken bicycles
  • Gardening tools or plastics
  • Any plastics that are NOT bottles, jars, or food grade containers such as margarine containers
  • Shrink Wrap
  • Styrofoam in any form
  • Used Videotapes
  • Gun Ammunition
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Construction Debris

Hardback Books

The best thing to do with books is not to recycle them at all, but to reuse them. Old textbooks and encyclopedias tend to have less value because they often contain outmoded information. Try contributing used books to a neighborhood book sale. Libraries and schools raise funds by selling old books at a garage sale value. Used book stores and places like the Salvation Army store, nursing homes and friends may be additional outlets.

Construction and Demolition Debris

  • Alligator Aggregate (asphalt and clean concrete), 11707 Pear Road, Plymouth, IN (574) 952-0617
  • Pyramid Excavation (asphalt and clean concrete), 2991 Fir Road, Bremen,  IN  (574) 546-5176
  • Bass Lake Sand and Gravel (clean concrete)
  • VIM (vinyl siding, dry wall, wood – no paint or treated), Goshen, (574) 642-3677
  • Vinyl Recycle Guy, Four locations in Indiana (Franklin, Pleasant View, Greensburg, and Columbus) Recycles vinyl siding, windows, doors, fencing, and decking.
  • Habitat for Humanity – ReStore, 116 S. Walnut St., Plymouth, IN (574) 935-4214  (new & gently used building materials, home and office furniture and cabinets.)


  • Blount’s Auto Salvage, US 6 West, LaPaz, (574) 784-2111
  • Dimmitt’s, P.O. Box 68, Argos, (574) 892-5097
  • Hundt’s Auto Salvage, 13600 West 5C Road, Plymouth, (574) 935-5424
  • Donate a car to charity – get tax write off. 

Eye Glasses and Hearing Aids

The Lions Club has collection boxes at the following locations:

  • Recycle Depot, 1900 Walter Glaub Dr., Plymouth
  • First Source Bank, 315 North Michigan, Plymouth
  • Dr. Jerry Kralovansky, OD, 109 North Walnut, Plymouth

Scrap Metal

  • Wager’s Salvage, 9717 East 16th Road, Argos, (574) 892-5697
  • Lewis Salvage, Warsaw (574) 267-6781
  • Rochester Iron & Metal (574) 223-4300

Sharps (used syringes)

  • Marshall County Jail
  • Bremen Police Station, 111 South Center, Bremen, (574) 546-2471
  • Recycle Depot, 1900 Walter Glaub Dr., Plymouth (574) 935-8618

Expired Meds

The Recycle Depot, Marshall County Sheriff/Jail, Town of Argos Police Station, Town of Bremen Police station, and Town of Culver Police Station, also collects expired medication.

Furniture and Bedding

The best way to get rid of furniture (assuming it has some service life remaining) is through organizations such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity ReStore or the Marshall County Neighborhood Center who can resale it in their stores, or provide it to those in need. Garage sales and “for sale” ads attract bargain hunters. To contribute your usable furniture free to a needy household, try contacting a community church or social-service agency. Or post a notice at a nearby college; students have little money for furniture and a constant need.

If the furniture is beyond repair and totally unusable, the ultimate disposal is burial in a landfill. Upholstered furniture (the most common) is composed of cloth, wire, wood, metal, and stuffing of either natural fiber or plastic. Furniture can be buried with minimal environmental risk and without occupying too much space. The bulldozers that push, crush, and compact wastes are very effective at reducing bulk.  Most waste haulers will do a big item pickup for their customers.

Household Items

Many local organizations and charities accept usable clothing, furniture, televisions, appliances, and other household items. Consider donating good usable items for reuse.

Gardening Plastics

Lowe’s will accept gardening plastics such as pots and trays.

Wood Pallets

  • North Central Pallets, 13990 State Road 10, Argos, (574) 892-6142 (also accepts other clean wood debris and industrial wood scrap)
  • N.J. Pallet, 1145 Markley Drive, Plymouth, (574) 936-1438
  • Pallet Recycle, (800) 448-2883

Cooking Fats & Oils

  • Recycle Depot, 1900 Walter Glaub Dr., Plymouth, IN  (574) 935-8618
  • National Bi-Products, 12091 Plymouth-Goshen Trail, Plymouth, (574) 936-2144

Shrink Wrap & Plastic Grocery Bags

  • Kroger’s, Martin’s, and Wal-Mart, Plymouth, IN

Gun Ammunition

The Recycle Depot does not accept any explosive devices including ammunition, however, if you contact us we may be able to direct you to a recycling or disposal option.