Recycling Information

Join in to Recycle Right Every Day!


For many years, Warren County has provided dumpsters for rural recycling. Those dumpsters were at one point moved from points throughout the county to the Temple Building across from the Administration Building in Indianola because of garbage dumping. Unfortunately, even with it being in town, with eyes from neighbors and the administration building, dumping became a nuisance.

Our state code obligation is to have a contract with a landfill that offers a recycling program. Warren County belongs to the South Central Iowa Landfill Agency located in Madison County. They provided the dumpsters free of charge to the County, which is above and beyond their responsibility.

Now, as a County, we are going above and beyond our contractual responsibility to provide recycling to Rural Citizens.

We have chosen TRM because of centralized location in Indianola for recycling but, as of now, you have to pay $5 per 95 to 100 gallons. TRM and the County do not have a contract. Please do not drop off your recycling or dump anything without going to their office first.

When a contract is agreed upon, we will have a simple online application for rural residents to fill out. You will get approval online with a receipt you print out that you may take to TRM every time you recycle during their business hours. If you know someone who does not have online capabilities, please use phone number or email below with Name, address and contact information for an appointment.

We appreciate your willingness to recycle. It is important that we make this as easy and accessible as possible. The Board is open to suggestions if you have any ideas for the future of Warren County recycling.

Please direct your inquires and recommendations to:


Thank you. The Warren County Board of Supervisors


Reducing waste is an ongoing and important effort. The first solution is to reduce what you use and then to reuse/donate things whenever possible. Your next best option is to recycle!


Ever wonder, “Why recycle?” Sure, it’s good for the environment, but there’s more to it than that. Every day we encounter hundreds of recyclable items. By recycling properly, we can save tons of raw materials, which in turn can save time, energy, and expense.

Did you know recycling just one aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for 2 hours or power a computer for 3 hours? By recycling one pound of paper, you can conserve roughly 3.5 gallons of water.


Thanks to WM’s advanced processing technologies, it’s easier than ever to recycle. Simply put all your recyclables loose into the recycling bins – don’t bag your recyclables and please don’t include loose plastic bags. Your recyclables go to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where they are sorted and baled for use by manufacturers.

To recycle plastic bags, plastic wrap and similar items that can’t be recycled at the Warren County drop-off location, check out the bin in the lobby of Hy-Vee


Keeping your recyclable material clean (rinsed), dry and loose – free from contamination – is the best thing you can do to help ensure the materials you recycle today go on to have a useful second life. Remember, just because an item is made from plastic, or contains plastic parts, doesn’t mean recycling facilities can handle it even if it has the chasing arrows. DON’T BE A WISHCYCLER! Please make sure you are only recycling the items that you see in the “Always recycle” section on the reverse side! Plastic clamshell or takeout containers are not recyclable here. Bottles can be recycled with their caps on. If in doubt, throw it out.

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