News & Events

New hours for Community Recycling Drop-off Sites

ACDEM’s Community Recycling Drop-off Sites with attendants in Allen County have new business hours (excluding Monroeville), effective Jan. 21: 

Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

❄️ ACDEM’s Community Recycling Drop-off Sites will be closed if the air temperature is at, around, or below zero, until the weather improves for the safety of attendants.

♻️ Recycling guidelines: acwastewatcher.org/recycle/recycling-tips


Live Christmas tree recycling available until Jan. 11

Allen County residents may drop off and recycle their live Christmas trees at various locations free of charge until Friday, Jan. 11.

Ornaments, tinsel, and plastic bags must be removed from live trees prior to dropping them off at recycling locations. Wreaths are not accepted at live tree recycling locations.

Allen County residents may drop off their live trees at the following locations:

Fort Wayne Area

Allen County Highway Garage

2234 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne

Hours: 24/7 

Bio-Solids, Lime & Yard Waste Recycling

6202 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne

Hours: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed New Year’s Day.

Grabill / Leo-Cedarville Area

Metea County Park

8401 Union Chapel Road, Fort Wayne

Hours: Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

New Haven Area

City Hall— North Side

815 Lincoln Highway E., New Haven

Hours: 24/7

Jury Park Pool

1702 Glencoe Blvd., New Haven

Hours: 24/7

Meadowbrook School—Parking Lot

1065 Woodmere Drive, New Haven

Hours: 24/7

For questions or concerns regarding live tree recycling, contact Allen County Department of  Environmental Management at 260-449-7878 or info@acwastewatcher.org.


Tire Amnesty Day Update

We have retired our annual Tire Amnesty Day event due to decreased demand for collection. Many auto service businesses in Allen County now accept used and worn tires, offering more opportunities for residents to dispose of their tires properly.

A complete list of businesses in Allen County that accept used tires can be found here or in our Waste Watcher Guide on page 37.


Tox-Away Tuesdays

ACDEM’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off program is now open to the public every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ACDEM’s Tox-Away Tuesdays program is located at 2260 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne. View fees here.

A downloadable map to ACDEM’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility along with items accepted can be found here: tinyurl.com/ycutg3cd

  • Drop-off Hours: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Drop-off Location: 2260 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818  (you must enter the HHW Facility via Fort Recovery Road from Lima Road)

We encourage residents and small businesses to reduce purchasing toxic HHW products and give away leftover HHW products to others who may need to use them for intended purposes.

Small businesses and nonprofits in Allen County who are interested in our new HHW service must make an appointment with ACDEM by calling our facility at 260-449-4433.

For more information, follow us on Facebook or call our downtown Fort Wayne office at 260-449-7878.

Please help us spread the word about our new Household Hazardous Waste program by sharing this information with your family, friends, and community!


The Fish Are NOT Happy!

Every year, Americans throw away millions of plastic straws.  They are not recyclable and never biodegrade.  Most of us don’t need them, yet use them for minutes then discard them to last forever.  Many straws make their way into rivers and can harm wildlife.  All of us can make the small change of saying, “No straw, please”  and challenging our friends and family to do the same.

This video is our reminder of what might happen if the fish decide to fight back.