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Although participation in Monticello's curbside recycling program is not mandatory, the waste program is designed to encourage residents to recycle because doing so will reduce the volume of your trash and lower your disposal costs. Materials accepted include: Tin and aluminum cans, bound newspapers and magazines, collapsed cardboard, and #1 and #2 plastics.

Recycling is picked up every two weeks at residents who choose to recycle.  
Citizens participating in the recycling program are asked to put accepted household and consumer waste recyclables into a separate bin purchased at the city, or tote provided by the hauler, and place it at curbside, along with any garbage tote, for collection on trash pick up day. Recycling bins may be purchased for $8 at the Municipal Building, 210 N. Hamilton Street.  Recycling totes are provided through the garbage haulers.

Hazardous items can be recycled at the following locations

Used Oil-
- Bill Abbott's GM/Chrysler
- Bumper to Bumper
- Rick Ridings' Ford Mercury

Non-Rechargable Batteries-
- County Market
- City of Monticello Municipal Building
- Monticello Post Office
- Shopko
- True Value

Cell Phone & Hearing Aid Batteries
- True Value

Old Paint
- Latex paint must be dried out prior to disposing. Additives for this, or kitty litter may be purchased to help dry it out.  Once the paint is dried, it may be safely disposed of.