Recycling

Curbside Recycling Program

The City of Paducah offers voluntary, single-stream, curbside recycling for its residential customers.  For more information and to sign up for this voluntary service that costs $3 per month, visit Curbside Recycling.

Green for Life (GFL) Recycling Drop-Off Facility  

Through a contract with Green for Life (GFL), Paducah offers a recycling drop point location next to GFL’s transfer station at 400 State Street in Paducah.  The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.  There is no charge for the general public to drop off recyclables. 

Note:  This facility is closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Customers can drive through and unload recyclables by placing them in one of the large blue containers.  Please separate cardboard and place it in the marked bin.  All other accepted recyclables can be placed together in the blue single-stream bins. 

Accepted recyclables:

  • Pasteboard (which includes cereal and other similar-type boxes)
  • Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, phone books, hardback and paperback books, office paper
  • Tin, steel, and aluminum cans
  • Plastic containers.  Please rinse containers before bringing them to the facility. 

GFL will NOT accept electronics, batteries, household hazardous waste, refrigerators, freezers, tires, or glass.

Commercial Recycling Collection

Commercial solid waste haulers are allowed to collect recyclables from commercial entities in the City of Paducah.  An annual permit is required at a cost of $50 per year.  Call the Public Works Department at 270-444-8511 for more information. 

Waste Stream Reduction

Through composting, the City of Paducah is reducing the waste stream by more than 23%.  This diversion occurs from the yard waste as well as the biosolids from the wastewater treatment process.  Click Compost Facility for more information about the facility located on North 8th Street and the composting process.  The City of Paducah also offers a corrugated cardboard recycling program for local businesses.  This amounts to approximately a 3% reduction in our waste stream.  The combination of these recycling programs amounts to more than a 26% reduction in our waste stream. 

Christmas Tree Recycling

To dispose of a live Christmas tree, the City of Paducah urges residents to recycle by taking the tree to the Compost Facility located at 1560 North 8th Street during regular business hours. Please remove all lights, garland, ornaments, and tree stand/base before taking the tree to the Compost Facility. Residents also can dispose of trees by calling the Public Works Department at 270-444-8511 to request the tree to be picked up by city crews.

Private Recycling Companies

To find recycling centers in any Kentucky county (including McCracken County), visit Kentucky Division of Waste Management.  Also, visit Recycling Centers for a website that allows you to enter your zip code to find recycling centers in your region.