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The Solid Waste Disposal Authority (SWDA) operates the residential curbside recycling program (blue bin) for the entire City of Madison.  This is a free service offered to all Madison single family residences every Wednesday (both Madison and Limestone).

Need a Blue Bin?
Contact SWDA at (256) 880-6054 or via email.  Please include your address and phone number so they can contact you in the event there are questions.

What Goes in the Bin?





All newsprint and inserts
Junk Mail

Brown paper bags


Cardboard     Cardboard (Must be broken down flat, smaller than 2’ x 2’, and fit inside of your recycling bin.  Larger items may be dropped at the Recyclery, 1004 A Cleaner Way, Huntsville, AL  35805)
Fiberboard (Cereal Boxes)


Mail / Flyers
Loose Paper
Paperback Books

PLEASE remove paper or plastic wrappers.



Aluminum Cans
Steel Cans
EMPTY Aerosol Cans from Shaving Cream, Hair Spray or Air Freshener.

PLEASE remove and discard lids.

Cans that contained Poison, Paint or Auto Products
Scrap Metal
Aluminum Foil
Disposable Aluminum Pie Plates


Milk Jugs
Soft Drink Bottles
Laundry Products Bottles
Shampoo Bottles
Any narrow neck bottle that has a #1 or #2 on the bottom

PLEASE: RINSE and REMOVE LIDS and pumps.Containers may be crushed to conserve space.

Motor Oil Containers
Poison Containers
Plastic Wrap
Plastic Bags
Wide mouth plastic containers such as Yogurt and Margarine Tubs.


Household dry cell batteries used in:
Smoke Detectors
Electronic Equipment

PLEASE: Put used batteries in a clear plastic bag beside your blue bin.

Lead acid batteries used in:

These batteries are accepted at the Handle With Care Collection Center as part of our Household Hazardous Waste Program on the first Saturday of each month.

Used Motor Oil

Engine Oil used in vehicles and lawnmowers.

PLEASE: Put used oil in a CLEAN, CLEAR, PLASTIC container (such as a milk jug or a soft drink bottle) and fasten the lid securely. Put the container NEXT to your recycle bin. If the oil is not in a clear plastic container, it will not be picked up.

Transmission Fluid
Brake Fluid
Motor oil that has been mixed with other things

Currently, there is no pickup for commercial property or apartments complexes.  To request this service, please contact Republic Services at (256) 881-2347.

There are 3 drop-off locations for glass recycling (James Clemons High School, Discovery Middle School, and Huntsville Recyclery at 1004 A Cleaner Way, Huntsville).  Generally all household glass is recyclable.  Large glass, i.e. window panes, glass doors, car windshields are not.

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