Recycling Information

Conservation easements and permanent protection:

How to best protect your land and care for it can be a web of legal language, agreements and lengthy management plans. There are organizations specifically set up to handle conservation easements and other ways to permanently protect land, such as the Red-tail Conservancy or Whitewater Valley Land Trust (1730 Airport Rd., Centerville, IN 47330).

Recycling, Reusing & Disposal: is a web site setup and updated by the Conservation Education Coordinator at the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District. The purpose of the site is to provide information for the people in Wayne and Union Counties regarding waste disposal, recycling, conservation, and local resources.

Batteries and Bulbs:

  • Batteries + Bulbs recycles batteries!  Small bags are free and large boxes are $0.30/pound. They are located at 3741 National Rd E, Richmond.
  • Batteries can be taken to drop bins at Earlham College. Visit this site for details and locations:

Misc. Recycling:

  • Your local Goodwill Industries recycles nearly everything you can think of (even electronics)! The company has been recognized for their sustainability efforts and are a great stop before the landfill! Call 765-966-4108 for local hours and item acceptance policies.
  • Have extra Amazon boxes? Fill them with all the stuff you’ve been meaning to take to Goodwill. Then visit and print off a shipping label and drop it off at any UPS or USPS. Amazon will send your unwanted items to Goodwill for free! Recycle a box, and help others reuse your old items! It’s  a win-win!

Did you know there are SEVEN different types of plastic? Each type of plastic has a specific use, and not all of them are recycled everywhere. Here are some other useful links that will guide you in your recycling journey!

E-Recycling at IU East Whitewater Hall Parking Lot

We are so very excited to announce that we have found a new location for E-Recycling! IU East has generously agreed to partner with Cope Environmental Center to begin hosting E-Recycling. E-Recycling will take place on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Whitewater Hall parking lot! As always, we will be accepting electronic waste materials. Any TV that is not a flat screen will not be accepted. Paper shredding is also NOT available.

E-Recycling will continue to take place at the same place and time the fourth Saturday of each month. Call 765-855-3188 for more information!

Electronic and Appliance Recycling:

Best Buy has an assortment of electronics and appliances that they accept for recycling. Check out their page for more information.

Proper Medicine Disposal:

Disposing of medicine improperly can lead to a whole host of problems for our water! Do the right thing and return unused or expired meds to Phillip’s Drugs (Richmond, IN) for collection and proper disposal. Thank you to Phillip’s Drugs for researching and implementing this green initiative! (Visit or call 765-966-5544 for information)

Proper Smoke Detector Disposal:

Do you have an old malfunctioning smoke detector? Did you know that some smoke detectors have radioactive material in them?  Some state and local laws and regulations prohibit the disposal of ionization smoke detectors (that contain radioactive material) in the municipal waste stream. For this reason, smoke detectors containing radioactive material should be returned to the manufacturer for disposal. If the manufacturer refuses to accept the return of the smoke detector, check with your local governmental agency or contact the Office of Sustainability via email at Visit this link to for more information.