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Materials accepted at the Recycle Center
If you want to recycle any of the items below please follow the instructions provided. All items will need to be delivered to our Recycling Center. We look forward working with you and we will continue striving to meet your recycling needs.
  • Office paper: Staples and paper clips are okay
  • Computer paper: Bond, letterhead, ruled tablet, notebook, envelopes without plastic windows or self-adhesive labels, yellow and blue bar paper. No carbon paper.
  • Office pack / colored paper: Pastels and light shades only, carbonless, light colored envelopes - no windows or labels
  • Shredded office paper: Should be sorted into the same categories as above and can be mixed with unshredded paper of the same type. No carbon paper!
  • Newspapers: Inserts okay
  • Magazines: Inserts okay
  • Aluminum cans: Donations only
  • Tin cans: Rinse and remove labels
  • Corrugated cardboard: Non glossy
  • Plastics 1's and 2's: There should be a triangle with a number in it, usually on the bottom. Remove lids and rinse out. Please no plastic bags.

Materials accepted at trailers
The City of Garden City has recycle trailers located throughout town. See a complete list here. Recyclables will not be accepted if items are not clean and on our list of accepted material. The list of accepted material is as follows:
  • Magazines: may be put with the paper products as long as they are bagged separately or bound together.
  • One bin for aluminum cans:please no aluminum foil
  • One bin for tin cans
  • Two bins for plastic containers: number 1's and number 2's, please no plastic bags
  • Two bins for paper products: please sort the paper accordingly and please bag

Items not accepted
The items not accepted in our recycling program are listed below. These are items that are not necessarily non-recyclable; just items in which we do not currently have the facilities required to recycle them.
  • Anything that is dirty or unprepared
  • Construction, groundwood, carbon microfiche, wax / plastic coated, goldenrod, dark colors, or neon paper
  • Envelopes with adhesive labels or windows, brown, or tan clasp envelopes
  • Food wrapping, paper towels, or trash
  • Glass
  • Non-corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, or glossy boxes
  • Notebooks/workbooks with glue or spiral binding, including hardback books
  • Tin foil, pie plates, styrofoam, or plastic bags
  • TVs
  • Stereos
  • Microwaves


Certain electronic waste can be dropped off at the Recycle Center, located at 125 J.C. Street. Those items include:

  • Computers and Laptops
  • Computer Parts: Drives, Key Boards, Wires, Mice, Power Supplies, Etc.
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • Scanners
  • Fax Machines
  • VCR/DVD Players
  • Two-way Radios
  • Telephones
  • Cell phones
  • Calculators
  • MP3 Players


Items Not Accepted:

  • TVs
  • Stereos
  • Portable Stereos
  • Microwaves

Volunteers needed
Our Recycling Center is run by the City of Garden City with the assistance of volunteers. If your organization would like to work at the Recycle Center, or you have any questions about recycling and the materials we accept, please call the Public Works Department at (620) 276-1260 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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