Recycling Collection

Recycling Bins & Bags

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You may purchase bins for a price of $15 (tax included) at City Hall. The City of Cameron provides clear blue recycling bags, free of charge, every week for customers who use bags. The same number of bags as were used will be replaced under your bin when the crews collect your recyclables. Bag your recyclables as before, and place the bags in or around the bin curbside on the usual recycling pick-up days. You only need one bin. If you have more recyclables than will fit, simply use the blue recycling bags and place them near the bin at the edge of the street. Make sure they are clearly separated from your household trash.

*NEW* The City now offers recycle bin accessories. Wheel kits are available for $10 and are easy to mount on your bin using existing holes. Lids for the bins help keep materials dry and critters out and are available for $5.50. Included with the wheel kit is a pull rope which makes it easier to transport full bins to the curb for pickup. All prices listed include sales tax.

Tips for Recycling Day

In Cameron, recycling is now picked up on the same day as household trash. That means the trash-haulers may mistakenly pick up recyclables mixing them with the regular trash. In order to ensure that recyclables are collected separately, we continue to use a program that involves the use of recycling bins in which recyclables are placed and set by the edge of the street. The use of a recycling bin is required in order to participate in the weekly pick-up program.

Strong winds and neighborhood pets will scatter trash if it is not rinsed or prepared properly. It is not the collector’s responsibility to clean up messes. Prepared glass, plastic, and metal cans should be placed in secured see-through bags or bundled for curbside pick-up. Please place newspaper and magazines in brown paper bags and flatten cardboard. When citizens deliver recyclables to the collection bins, please separate items into the appropriate container. Remember: People, not machines collect and sort your recyclables. Please treat them with respect by following these easy guidelines. View more recycling guidelines.

Recycling Drop-off Center

The drop-off center has been moved to Clinco Industries located at 1205 W Grand.

Cameron also delivers all collected material to Clinco Industries. Clinco Industries is a sheltered workshop that provides over 50 job positions to handicapped employees. Clinco has become the area’s leading recycling processor collecting and sorting recyclables for sale to companies which use recycled products in manufacturing.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

The Cameron Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Storage Facility opened on May 9, 2020.  The facility is open from 8:00 am –12:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.  The facility will operate from May through October.  The facility is located at 1100 West Eighth Street. The location is behind the Water Plant with the entrance off of 8th Street.

There is no charge to utilize this service. It is open to residents of Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton and DeKalb Counties. The City of Cameron has partnered with Region D Recycling & Waste Management District for the support of the facility with district solid waste management funds.

HHW items accepted for recycling include: batteries, varnishes, cleaners, pesticides, garden sprays, brake fluid, antifreeze, and fluorescent bulbs. Outdated agricultural chemicals will also be accepted for proper disposal (no containers over 5 gallons).  

Please note the following restrictions: 

No business waste will be accepted, no containers over 5 gallons, no items are to be dropped off early.

No latex paint, ammunition, or explosives. See below methods for proper disposal of latex paint. Also please note Motor Oil will not be accepted for recycling.  Please recycle your used motor oil at Wal-Mart Automotive Centers and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Stores. For additional motor oil recycling centers call the Recycling District Office at 816-393-5250. Please consider safe alternatives for non-hazard paint and batteries as listed below.

Also note the following instructions: 

Latex paint can safely be dried at home by mixing one part paint to one part kitty litter.  Mix in the can until oatmeal consistency.  Allow the paint and cat litter to sit for one hour before putting in with your regular household trash.  Leave the lid off.   If you have more than a half a can, line a cardboard box with newspaper, add kitty litter and then slowly add paint, then add more kitty litter, carefully stir and let dry, then deposit with your household trash.  Also, check your local paint, hardware stores as they may sell at a very reasonable cost (approximately $2 per gallon) waste paint additives for drying waste paint for disposal. 

Alkaline batteries (A, AA, AAA, C & D) are composed primarily of common metals – steel, zinc, and manganese and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal.  Alkaline battery manufacturers have eliminated mercury in the manufacture of alkaline batteries, making them safe for disposal in household trash.  It is important to not dispose of alkaline batteries in a group, as grouping used batteries together can bring these live batteries into contact with one another, creating a safety risk.  The safest thing to do is to discard the used batteries in the trash when they are taken out of a device to put in new batteries.  Taping the ends of batteries when disposing in groups will eliminate any risk.