Recycling in Shelby benefits our community by reducing the amount of waste going into our landfill extending its life. It also provided benefit in reuse of materials, reduces pollution and decreases the amount of energy needed to manufacture new products.  Most important — it’s the right thing to do!

Recycle Shelby is a free service.  Grant funding has allowed the community to purchase and/or lease the recycling trailers and bins for the benefit of the region.  Responsible recycling is a necessity to keep Recycle Shelby operating. The recycling site is at the north end of Coyote Pass.  Please follow the rules posted on each trailer or bin.  Smart recycling provides funding that supports and sustains the program now and for generations to come.  Just a little on our part can make a world of difference for our community, our country and our world. Please…


Office Paper

White paper only

  • Please….only white copy paper, envelopes, shredded office paper
  • Please…. don’t leave boxes, plastic bags or trash in bins

45% of the paper printed in offices ends up in the trash can at the end of each work day in America.  Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity…enough energy to power the average home for 5 months.

Newspaper, Magazines, & Catalogs

Other paper only

  • Please….newspapers, magazines, catalogs
  • Please….phone books, colored paper and colored junk mail
  • Please…don’t leave boxes, plastic bags or trash in bins

If everyone in the U.S. recycled their Sunday newspaper alone each week, 26 million trees would be spared from the paper mill   For each ton of paper recycled, the atmosphere is spared from one metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions.  Newspaper can be pulped and turned into a variety of products ranging from more newspaper to corrugated cardboard lining to housing insulation.

Aluminum / Tin

Aluminum / tin cans only

  • Please….rinse cans
  • Please….crush cans
  • Please….don’t leave boxes, plastic bags or trash in bins

Recycling aluminum/tin cans save precious natural resources, energy, time and money – helping out the earth, as well as the economy and local communities. Aluminum cans are 100 % recyclable and the most recyclable of all materials. Recycling 1 ton of aluminum cans conserves the equivalent of 1,665 gallons of gasoline.  Some day we will be mining our landfills for the resources we’ve buried.


Corrugated cardboard only

  • Please….only sturdy shipping boxes
  • Please…. no food boxes, paper rolls, or paper
  • Please…collapse boxes to place in trailer

The benefit of recycling cardboard is the reduction in community waste. Cardboard is the single largest component of city landfill waste that businesses produce every year. For every bale of cardboard that is recycled we save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil and enough energy to heat a home in the United States for six months. By recycling cardboard and returning it to the consumer stream, you reduce the need for new cardboard production and save vital natural resources for future generations.