Unique Trash Items

  • Air conditioners have Freon that must be removed by a certified technician to prevent damage to the environment. Call the Tippecanoe Transfer Station at 765-742-7131 for a list of vendors who will come and get a CFC appliance, take out the freon and recycle the metal for a hauling fee.
  • Antifreeze can be recycled at the West Lafayette Street Department, located at 705 S. River Road, 24 hours a day, or at the Tippecanoe Transfer Station, 765-742-7131. Please call first.
  • Appliances will be taken during weekly trash pickup. If you cannot wait until your weekly pickup, you may bring the items to our drop off site, located at 260 South 3rd Street. You may drop off items Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. You must check in at the office before dropping items off. Please note, that anything containing freon, such as refrigerators, freezers, or air conditioners, will not be picked up or accepted at the drop off site.
  • Brush and yard waste will be picked up by a separate truck, usually on your regular trash day. Tree branches should be no more than 20 inches in diameter and 3 feet long. Disposal of large trees is the responsibility of the property owner; call a tree trimmer from the yellow pages to handle large trees.
  • Car batteries can be recycled at Oscar Winski Company, AutoZone, West Lafayette Street Department, Wal-Mart Automotive, or Pep Boys.
  • Car Donation Program: Consider donating your car to the Wheels for Wishes Charity Car Donation Program benefiting your local Make-A-Wish®. You can make a local child's wish come true with a simple car donation. Donate that rusty old vehicle sitting in the driveway, and stop paying insurance and registration. Eliminate the costs for a car that rarely if ever gets used and get a tax donation by supporting Make-A-Wish®. Your donation helps not only the children, but the environment as well by recycling your car. Learn more at the Wheels for Wishes website.
  • Cardboard must be flattened and free of packing materials. It is picked up weekly and should be set out beside your toter and recycle bin on your normal collection day. Please note, however, that it will be picked up separately from your trash & recyclables.
  • Dehumidifiers have freon that must be removed by a certified technician. See information above under "air conditioners."
  • Electronics (TVs, stereos, computers, CRT monitors, LCD or LED monitors, microwaves, video game consoles, cell phones, printers, etc.) It is a violation of Indiana State Code to dispose of e-waste in your normal trash, IC-13-20.5. E-waste must be recycled properly. Contact Oscar Winski Company or Midwest E-waste for help with recycling your electronics.
  • Freezers have freon that must be removed by a certified technician. See information above under "air conditioners."
  • Glass jars must be rinsed, cleaned, and placed in your blue recycle bin. However, drinking glasses are not accepted.
  • Grass clippings should be left where they lay. Turf grass experts at Purdue found grass clippings return nitrogen and build healthy soil in lawns. Grass clippings contain over 20 nutrients your lawn needs to fight disease and grow properly. Leaving clippings reduces the amount of fertilizer your lawn needs, saving time and money. If you choose to have your grass clippings removed, they must be bagged in paper bags and set curbside! Grass clipping shall not be placed in the City-issued toter.
  • Hazardous items such as gasoline, motor oil, mercury, paint thinner, acids, pool chemicals, and pesticides should never be put in the trash! They can spill & injure sanitation workers, start fires in the truck, and pollute our land, air, and water. Call the Tippecanoe Transfer Station at 765-742-7131 to tell them what materials you have. Then bring items to their hazardous waste collection site on North 9th Street. Please call them for further details.
  • Holiday trees can be brought to drop off sites located in Shamrock, McCaw, Murdock, and Armstrong parks, from the last week in December through January. In addition, during this time frame, we will pick them up curbside. Please remove tinsel, plastic bags, and tree stands.
  • Large items, such as carpet, sinks, sofas, toilets, and mattresses, will be taken during weekly trash pickup. Items should be set out beside your toter on your normal collection day. Large items will be picked up by a separate truck than the 1 that picks up your normal trash, so it will not be picked up at the same time. Please note, the city cannot pick up anything with refrigerant such as window a/c units, refrigerators, and chest freezers. In addition, if you are paying a contractor for remodeling, they are responsible for removal of debris. If you can't wait until your weekly pickup, items can be brought to the Tippecanoe Trash Transfer Station at 2770 North 9th Street for a fee. Please call the Transfer Station at 765-742-7131 for more details.
  • Leaves: From May through September leaves must be bagged in paper bags and set curbside to be picked up on your trash day.  (Please note that leaves raked in the spring can be used as mulch in flower beds and gardens.  You can also mow your leaves and mulch them right into your lawn.)  The City sends out leaf vacuums from October through April.  During this time, loose leaves may be left curbside.  
  • Metal cans should be rinsed and placed in your blue recycle bin. You do not need to remove labels.
  • Mixed paper such as magazines, cereal boxes, phone books, newspapers, and other paper may be placed in your blue recycle bin.
  • Motor oil can be recycled at Wal-mart Automotive, West Lafayette Street Department, and AutoZone. After you change your oil, pour used oil into a sturdy container and take it to be recycled.
  • Oil filters can be recycled at the West Lafayette Street Dept. at 705 South River Road. They are open 24 hours a day, all year long. Place them in a gray bin next to the oil collection container.
  • Paint that can be cleaned with soap and water is latex. It can be dried out by mixing as much floor dry or kitty litter as there is paint in the can. It will dry out in 24 hours and can be set out for the regular trash with the lid off. This way the sanitation workers can see it is dry and they can pick it up. Call the Tippecanoe Transfer Station at 765-742-7131 with questions or if you have oil based paint.
  • Refrigerators have freon that must be removed by a certified technician. See information above under "air conditioners."
  • Scrap metal such as old fencing, hot water heaters, ovens, washers, dryers, and metal lawn chairs can be recycled. Set it out in a separate pile at your property line on your normal trash collection day. It will be picked up separately from your toter and recyclables. Or you may take it to Oscar Winski Company. Call them at 765-742-1102 for details.
  • Tires cannot be accepted by the City. Look in the yellow pages, under "automotive" or "tires" for a list of local businesses that might accept tires for a fee.