Tip Of The Month

Each month we'll post some helpful recycling tips for you!

APRIL 2019

For a variety of reasons many Licking County residents find themselves with unwanted scrap tires that need proper disposal. Regardless of where they came from, scrap tires can be a a health hazard, an eyesore for the community, and can be illegal in large quantities. Fortunately there are ways to responsibly recycle and/or dispose of scrap tires.

To recycle/dispose of small quantities of scrap tires, contact a local tire retailer to see if they accept used tires. Several Licking County tire retailers provide this service, but contact them in advance to learn about their policies and fees. A search on the internet will help locate a nearby tire store.

For disposal of larger quantities of tires, contact one of the commercial operations in the area that specializes in shredding, re-purposing, and recycling tires. Since they are located in adjacent counties, you will certainly want to call in advance for their hours, fees, etc.:
- Campbell Tire, Zanesville: 740-849-2230
- Liberty Tire, Columbus (Grove City): 614-871-8097

If you are victim of illegal tire dumping, you may wish to contact the Licking County Sheriff's Office at 740-670-5555, and/or your township office.

NOTE: Hauling more than 10 tires per load requires special tire hauling registration with the Ohio EPA.




MARCH 2019
You can recycle toner and ink jet cartridges!

You can recycle those ink/toner cartridges at several locations right here in Licking County:

Best Buy on Rt. 79 in Heath 740-522-6606
Staples on Rt. 79 in Heath 740-522-5230
Wal Mart on 21st St., Newark 740-366-8701
Wal Mart on Rt. 79 in Heath 740-522-5841

Some retailers may even offer programs that provide a discount on future purchases when you recycle your ink cartridges. Many companies that sell larger sized toner cartridges also offer free mail-in services and provide postage paid return labels with new or refurbished cartridges. Just look for a return label in the box with the new cartridge and follow the simple instructions.





Where to recycle fluorescent lighting!

Are you replacing fluorescent light bulbs and have old tubes to recycle? Are you replacing your entire fluorescent fixtures with new LED fixtures and have tubes to recycle? Those old tubes from local residents can be recycled right here in Licking County.

Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lights (the twisty light bulbs) from Licking County residents can be recycled at the CFLP Solid Waste District located in the lower level of the Licking County Health Dept. The Health Dept. is located at 675 Price Rd., Newark, and is open from 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday. No broken bulbs please.

Please note, this service is for residents only - no businesses or industries please. Businesses are encouraged to look on the internet for recycling options for their unwanted fluorescent tubes.

Also in the Newark area, both Lowes and Home Depot collect compact fluorescent bulbs (twisty bulbs). Stop by or call them for additional information.

Fluorescent tubes gained popularity through the 1950's and 60's as a brighter and more energy efficient alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. Unfortunately fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury that can be released into the environment if disposed of improperly. With new LED technology, many residents are now replacing their fluorescent fixtures with LED fixtures, resulting in a large number of unwanted fluorescent tubes that should be recycled whenever possible.

Unfortunately, older, traditional incandescent bulbs should be placed in the trash as there is no reasonable way to recycle those types of bulbs.




Please do not put plastic bags in our public drop off bins!

Many recyclers use plastic bags to collect their recycling and then put the plastic bags and all into the recycling bins. The plastic bags can then contaminate recycling and can disrupt the entire sorting process by binding up machinery.

Take a moment to watch this short video (click HERE) that explains why we shouldn't put plastic bags into our recycling bins. The video also explains where to recycle those plastic grocery store and department store bags. Thanks for recycling!

Think Green - Recycle in 2019!




Licking County Recycling and CFLP Solid Waste District partner with the “Big Green Box” to offer easy battery recycling in the Newark area.  Boxes are located at:

  • Licking County Recycling, 777 E. Main Street in Newark
  • CFLP Solid Waste District, 675 Price Road in Newark

But we need your help so the batteries can be safely stored and then shipped to the recycling facility.  Read on for specific instructions regarding types of batteries accepted, and precautions you must take with certain types of batteries.

Traditional “household” alkaline batteries like AA, AAA, C, D, and 9 volt batteries can be simply placed in the Big Green Box.  NiMh Batteries also can be placed in the box.  Most batteries state on the battery itself what kind of battery it is. 

Other batteries need to be protected before placing them in the box.  The following types must be “insulated” – placed in a small plastic bag or have clear tape placed over the ends, so they don’t interact with each other and possibly cause a fire!

  • Any lithium ion/metal battery (non rechargeable)
  • Any lithium ion/metal battery (rechargeable)
  • Lithium ion/metal button cells
  • Lithium ion batteries from power tools, laptops, and cell phones
  • Non-spillable lead acid batteries (from mechanical and electrical backup systems, medical equipment, electric wheelchairs, emergency lighting, etc.)
  • Any batteries that are rated higher than 9 volts


Larger batteries from vehicles or lawnmowers, or “replaceable acid” batteries are not accepted in the Big Green Box.  Go to the “Batteries” sections in our Recycling Guide HERE to learn how or where to recycle those types of batteries.

Thank you for protecting our Earth and recycling batteries in Licking County!


We’ve had a few questions about LIDS lately, so here’s an update for you. If you are using the Licking County Public Drop Off Bins…. MOST LIDS CAN BE RECYCLED! If you are using curbside recycling, check with your hauler to find out if lids are accepted through their program.

Loose lids are NOT accepted.... but you can save them to donate to the Licking County Library! (See our Facebook post from 11/1/18 for more information.)  Loose lids get "lost" in the separating machinery and can get stuck, halting operations until the lid can be found and extracted.

Attach metal lids to glass jars or bottles. The lids actually stabilize the glass during transportation!

Keep metal food can lids ON the container, if you are skilled with a can opener!  If you go too far with the can opener, and the metal lid comes all the way off, never fear. Just push the lid all the way down into the can, and everything can still be recycled.

Keep plastic lids on plastic bottles or jugs. Everything will be recycled!


Please do not put soiled or GREASY PIZZA BOXES in your curbside recycling or in any of Licking County’s public drop off bins.  Oil seeps into the corrugated cardboard and cannot be cleaned out or separated from the cardboard pulp during the recycling process.  Cardboard that is “contaminated” is less valuable and less marketable to future buyers.   So, what should you do with that pizza box?  If it looks like the one in the photo, throw it in the trash.  You can still rip the “lid” off and recycle that part if it is clean.  If your favorite pizza store lines the pizza box with parchment-type paper, throw the paper in the trash.  If the cardboard is still clean, recycle it!  Now…. Who’s hungry for pizza? 


LICKING COUNTY RECYCLING WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING ELECTRONICS FOR RECYCLING STARTING OCTOBER 1ST.   So, how/where do you recycle electronics and televisions? Throughout the county, there are at least 12 places where you can recycle your electronics, and at least 6 where you can recycle televisions. 

 Why will Licking County Recycling no longer accept electronics?  A few reasons:

  • Our office is moving in October!  (More on that soon…)
  • We want our residents to support local businesses that participate in recycling.
  • We are exploring the idea of hosting an electronics collection day next year.

Please call any of the businesses below to get more information about recycling your electronics and televisions! 



  • A.S. Recycling Worldwide, 740-408-1013                          
  • Licking/Knox Goodwill, 740-345-9861
  • Best Buy, 740-522-6606                          
  • Ohio Drop Off, 614-478-0808
  • Complete Computer Care, 740-364-0115                          
  • Staples, 740-522-5230
  • Denison University's Red Barn (M-F, 10am-1pm only)                       
  • T.D.R. Computers, 740-964-0993
  • Hebron Scrap Metal Recycling, 740-527-2126                           
  • The Works, 740-349-9277
  • Licking County Computer Society, 740-404-3963                           
  • Waste Away Systems, 740-349-2783


  • 345-JUNK, 740-345-5865                           
  • Sherman's Recycling, 740-345-8994
  • Best Buy, 740-522-6606                           
  • Southeastern Data, 407-971-4654
  • Ohio Drop Off, 614-478-0808                           
  • T.D.R. Computers, 740-349-2783


Are you buying new markers for back-to school season?  Do you have old markers that don't work anymore?  You can recycle those old markers and stop that waste from going into a landfill!  See the websites below for more information on how and where to recycle old markers and even mechanical pencils.

Recycle all brands of markers at Crayola for free:  http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx

Prang markers can be recycled after requesting a free shipping label.  Seven pounds of markers are recommended:  http://www.dixonrecycle.com/

Other brands, as well as mechanical pencils can be recycled (seven pounds also recommended) through Terra Cycle:  https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/zero_waste_boxes/pens-pencils-and-markers


JULY 2018
Did you know that you can "recycle" your car?  Many agencies accept old cars to fix up and reuse, or will scrap the car's metal for charitable money and the metal can be recycled/reused elsewhere.  Check out the websites for information about recycling your car.  And thank you to recycling fan Roy Huntley Ranario for the information!