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Local Recycling

Recycle LocationsWe believe there is great value in offering recycling services to our community. The "Three R's" -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, help in saving resources and the environment. Recycling means taking a product or material at the end of its useful life and turning it into a usable raw material to make another product. Item donations to our thrift store that are not suitable for resale are sold to third-world countries (mostly Africa & South America).

We currently have 10 drop-off locations

  • Handi-Shop, Inc.
    508 E. Liberty St.
  • Vandiver Village
    2120 E. Liberty
  • Eugene Field School
    704 W. Boulevard
  • Mexico Middle School
    1200 W. Boulevard
  • Hawthorne Elementary School
    1250 Curtis
  • McMillan Elementary School
    1101 E. Anderson
  • Orscheln Farm & Home
    3001 S. Clark
  • Martinsburg Library
    Martinsburg, MO
  • Mexico High School
    639 N Wade St.
  • Auxvasse Elementary School
    Auxvasse, MO
  • Mosers
    1101 W. Monroe, Mexico

Items AcceptedRecycle Center

  • Cans, #1-#7 plastics, newspaper, magazines, paper and cardboard.
  • The Handi-Shop, Inc. location also accepts "garage sale" type items, such as clothing, shoes, hats, coats, toys, purses, belts, blankets, books, tables, chairs, lamps, bicycles, etc.  NO LARGE APPLIANCES are accepted (washer, dryer, refrigerators, stoves, box springs or mattresses).

Item Definitions

  • Cans: All aluminum & tin food and beverage cans, disposable aluminum foil & foil product containers. Please empty and rinse when possible. NO PAINT CANS.
  • Plastic: We now accept all types of plastic with a #1 through #7 recycle symbol (examples - water bottles, milk jugs, soda bottles, detergent bottles, yogurt cups and Cool Whip containers). NO STYROFOAM, NO PESTICIDE OR CHEMICAL CONTAINERS. Please empty and rinse when possible. Please note - we CANNOT recycle hard plastic items (such as children's toys).
  • Newspapers, Office Waste, Paper & Magazines: Newsprint, magazine, paper, shredded paper, envelopes, and post-it notes. PLEASE keep all items dry and away from sunlight.
  • Cardboard: Remove all contents. Please flatten. NO STYROFOAM PACKING MATERIAL