It may surprise you, but it costs us money to get everyone's materials recycled! The Tippecanoe County Recycling and Solid Waste District pays for the County's drop-off recycling program through property taxes. The cardboard and paper from the compactors at the transfer station go directly to a recycler and we are able to recoup a very small amount of money from that, but it does not offset the cost of maintaining the compactors and transporting the recyclables. The Recycling and Solid Waste District pays for the bins to be emptied, pays to transport the mixed recyclables to a sorting facility in Indianapolis or Muncie, and pays a sorting fee. Trash and non-recyclables going in to the recycling bins increases our fees and takes up space in the bin. Being a better recycler saves tax dollars! More information on our funding can be found on our Public Documents page.