Magazines & Catalogs
Accepted with curbside recycling or at SEIRD recycling centers.

Margarine Tubs
If clean, accepted at some SEIRD recycling centers. Some centers accept only # 1 and # 2 plastics. Check the bottom of the container for the number and look in locations for the rules in your county. Place lids in the regular trash. Some recycling containers set up across the district will now take #1-#7 plastics.

Mattresses (all types)
Heavy trash pick-up.

Medical & Infectious Waste
Each county has an assigned drop-off location for unused/expired medications and used syringes. Check with your local health department, pharmacy or physician to determine where to take these items.  There is a rule that unused 'controlled substances,' or narcotics, must be disposed of by law enforcement, so be sure to check with your local police or sheriff. Check under a specific county on this website for more information as to where you can dispose of this waste. Do not flush medications down the drain or toilet or throw in the trash.
 
 
Mercury (liquid), Mercury-Containing Devices, Mercury Thermometers & Thermostats
Mercury is toxic and should not be thrown out in the trash! Elemental mercury is a silvery liquid that is commonly used in thermometers and thermostats. Mercury is not hazardous to humans when it is in a sealed device. The danger to health and the environment arises when mercury-containing articles are broken and discarded in the trash. (Or broken after being discarded in the trash.) If you have liquid mercury, it must be brought to the SEIRD processing center at the Jefferson Proving Grounds north of Madison or saved for special quarterly collections at SEIRD county recycling centers.

Metal
Steel and aluminum are the major metals in our everyday lives and both are easily recyclable. Recycling one aluminum can saves the energy equivalent of one cup of gasoline. There are 16 cups to a gallon. So, recycling eight 24-packs of soda would be the energy equivalent of filling a 12-gallon gas tank! To recycle beverage cans or food cans, simply rinse them and place for curbside recycling or take to your SEIRD recycling center. Scrap dealers accept these metals also. SEIRD does not offer payment for aluminum cans or scrap metal.

Metal Polish
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the SEIRD processing center at the Jefferson Proving Grounds north of Madison or saved for special quarterly collections at SEIRD county recycling centers.

Microwaves
Microwaves are accepted at your SEIRD recycling center. There is not charge for disposal.

Milk Cartons
Plastic milk cartons are accepted for curbside recycling and by SEIRD recycling centers. Discard plastic caps in the garbage. If this is a waxed paper carton, place in garbage.

Milk Jugs
Accepted at SEIRD recycling centers and by curbside recycling. Place lids in the regular trash.

Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is not hazardous and may be placed in the garbage.

Mirrors
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. Unbroken mirrors in good condition can be taken to a SEIRD Reuse Center.

Mortar
Landfill.

Moth Balls
These are a hazardous material and must be brought to the SEIRD processing center at the Jefferson Proving Grounds north of Madison or saved for special quarterly collections at SEIRD county recycling centers.

Motor Oil
Accepted in special receptacles at SEIRD recycling centers. Limit: 5 gallons of motor oil. Some auto repair shops will accept used oil. Oil Filters: Accepted at SEIRD recycling centers. There is no charge for disposal.

Motor Oil Bottles (empty)
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Muriatic Acid
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the SEIRD processing center in the Jefferson Proving Grounds north of Madison or saved for special quarterly collections at SEIRD recycling centers.

Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD) ● 6556 North Shun Pike Road, JPG #534 ● Madison, IN 47250 ● 1.800.997.4793