Recycling in Kenton County

Recycle Guidelines

What is recyclable?

Newspaper, books, envelope, and notepad paper icons.

Fibers (Mixed Papers)

  • Newspapers
  • Copy paper
  • Magazines
  • Phone books
  • Junk mail
  • Notebooks

Glass jar, glass soda bottle, glass wine bottle icons.


  • Clear, brown, green and blue glass food and beverage containers.
Please remove caps and rinse. Paper labels do not need to be removed.

Unaccepted glass items:
  • Window glass
  • Mirrors
  • Light bulbs 
  • drinking glasses or mugs
  • Oven-cooking glassware (Pyrex).
Various plastic recycle icons.


  • Detergent bottles displaying the recycling logo with the number 1 or 2
  • Laundry detergent bottles
  • Plastic milk containers
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Water bottles
Metal soda can, metal soup can, metal food can icons.


  • Aluminum and bi-metal beverage cans
  • Steel soup and food cans
  • Empty aerosol cans are accepted. Please rinse and drain cans. 
Labels do not need to be removed. Lids may be placed inside cans.

Unaccepted metal items:
  • Pots & pans
  • Coat hangers
  • Scrap steel
Cardboard box icons.


  • Cereal boxes
  • Toilet Paper rolls
  • Boxes
Remove styrofoam or plastic liners. 

What is not recyclable?

Styrofoam container, cup and packing peanut icons.Styrofoam

  • Cups and plates
  • Packing peanuts
  • Containers
  • Coolers

Food, manure, organic material icons.Organics

  • Food
  • Manure 
  • General trash
  • Waste
Tires, paint and chemicals icons.

Hazardous Waste

  • Paint
  • Tires
  • Chemicals
  • Roof shingles
Television, computer, phone, and game controller icons.


  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Phones
  • Video game consoles

Pile of leaves, dirt and tree branch icons.Yard Debris

  • Leaves
  • Dirt
  • Tree branches
  • Grass clippings
Plastic bag, plastic toy, plastic cup and plastic silverware icons.

Other Plastics

  • Plastic flatware
  • Children's toys
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic cups

Recycling Printer & Toner Cartridges

Bring your used printer and copier toner cartridges to:

  • Kenton County Public Works:
    420 Independence Station Road (Lincoln Ridge Park)
    Independence, KY 41051
    Phone: 859-392-1920

Recycling "Big Blue Bin" Locations

There are several Kenton County recycling bin locations that are managed by Public Works. See the map below for their locations and accepted materials.

Due to the growing public health impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus),  “Big Blue Recycle Bin” recycling locations are limited at this time.

Available locations include:

  • Kenton County Public Works
  • Historic Kenton County Courthouse
  • Taylor Mill Public Works
  • Erlanger Library
  • Kenton County Library
  • Tank Transit
  • Mills Park
  • Piner Elementary
  • Pioneer Park
  • Kenton County Government Center

Please contact Kenton County Solid Waste Management for all recycling questions.