Corbin Recycling


Recycling Facts and News You Can Use!
Did you know that much of what you throw away could be recycled? Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Collecting used bottles, cans, and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection facility is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns.

What exactly is waste?
Waste is anything we throw away or get rid of, that doesn’t get used.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — Three great ways YOU can eliminate waste and protect your environment!

Waste, and how we choose to handle it, affects our world’s environment—that’s YOUR environment. The environment is everything around you including the air, water, land, plants, and man-made things. And since by now you probably know that you need a healthy environment for your own health and happiness, you can understand why effective waste management is so important to YOU and everyone else. The waste we create has to be carefully controlled to be sure that it does not harm your environment and your health.

How can you help?

You can help by learning about and practicing the three R’s of waste management: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Practicing all three of these activities every day is not only important for a healthy environment, but it can also be fun too.

Many items cannot be recycled by the city, but should not end up in the landfill. Before you throw something away, consider taking the item to an organization or business that can reuse or recycle it. Many household items are easy to recycle.

The City has several recycling drop-off centers where residents can take other recyclables in addition to items collected curbside.

We house an industrial shredder that can shred any paper, dvd, cd, or confidential files. You can view your confidential items being shredded to insure the confidentiality.

Locations of drop-off centers are:

  • 707 S Main Street (Recycling Center)
  • 404 W 17th Street (Corbin Intermediate School)
  • 100 One Pennington Way (Eastern Kentucky University Campus)
  • In front of Norvex
  • Corbin High School
  • Smartwood
Accepted Recyclable Items
  • Milk, juice, pop and water bottles
  • Yogurt, dairy and margarine tubs
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Detergent and fabric softener bottles
  • Prescription vials
  • Rigid plastic cups or plates (no Styrofoam or polystyrene)
  • Clean garden pots or flats
  • Rigid packaging material (with recycle symbol)
  • Five Gallon Buckets
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper grocery sacks
  • Newspaper and advertising inserts
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Paper-back books
  • Magazines, catalogs, and phone books
  • Pin Tins
  • Aluminum Foil
  • * Remove any Lids: Labels may stay on
  • * Aerosol and Paint Cans must be empty



  • Plastic Bags
  • Styrofoam

Tom Jackson