Curbside Recycling

Doing your part to recycle will help keep trash collection costs down and save room at our landfill. Once a week, on the same day as your trash collection, Borden Waste-Away also collects recyclables. As of January 1st you have your choice or recycling container, two 18 gallon bins, a 48 gallon cart or a 96 gallon cart. To obtain the 18 gallon bins please contact the Elkhart Street Department. Their telephone number is 293-5518 and their hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm. To obtain a 48 or 96 gallon cart please contact Borden. You may go to their website at and and click Elkhart City Recycling Program. You may also call Borden (574) 293-5001, Monday - Friday 7 am - 5:30 pm & Saturday 8 am - 12 pm.
What Can You Recycle?
Glass Bottles and Jars
Clear, brown or green glass bottles or jars (but not Pyrex, light bulbs, plate glass, drinking glasses, ceramics, auto glass, tempered glass, or mirrors)
1. Remove all lids and rinse
2. Labels and rings can be left on
3. Do not break
Clean aluminum, tin and steal cans.  Please rinse before recycling.  Please do not include cans that have contained pesticides, herbicides, or paint. (Labels may be left on.)
Newspapers, magazines and catalogs, inserts, office and copy paper, junk mail, paper bags, telephone books, computer paper, and other papers. Corrugated cardboard and paperboard boxes such as cereal boxes, shoe boxes, or beverage cartons. (Please keep any contaminated paper, soiled napkins, or carbon paper out of the recycling bin.)
Plastic's # 1 thru 7 Recycling numbers
Examples include rinsed soft drink and water bottles, yogurt containers, milk jugs, detergent bottles or frozen food containers. Please no expanded polystyrene, such a packing peanuts or popcorn.
A few things to keep in mind...
  1. Please only put the bin out on the same day as your regular trash pickup.
  2. If your collection day falls on a holiday, your waste and your recyclables will be picked up on the following day.
  3. Always, have your recyclables on your curbside by 6:00 am.
  4. When you move, leave the recycling bin for the next homeowner.

For more information please check out our City of Elkhart Recycling Brochure.  


The 3 R's?  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Every day we as consumers choose to which items purchase items and how we dispose of our waste.  Remembering 3 R's can help us be green buyers and ultimately help protect the earth for future generations. 
First, reduce the waste being generated.  Some ideas include purchasing and using durable instead of disposal items (such as dishes, shopping bags, shaving razors, etc). When purchasing items, look for minimum packaging and if it will generate waste after it is used, look for items that can be recycled. When items are reduced, no new resources are expended.
Second, reuse the waste being generated. When one no longer needs an item but it still has useful life, that item can be reused either in the manner in which it was initially intended or in a new way. For ideas on how to reuse, check out Keep Indianapolis Beautiful's Reuse and Recycling Guide.
Third, recycle the waste being generated. Recycling takes items no longer needed or useful and turns it into a raw material for new product manufacturing. Glass, paper, plastic, and some metals can be turned into new products that contain recycled content, saving energy in the manufacturing, reducing pollution associated with the mining and extraction of raw materials and conserving a natural resource.