Proposed New Recycling Center & Landscape Recycling Facility

Macon County is proposing to construct a recycling center/office building and develop a new compost facility northwest of U.S. Highway 36 and Wyckles Road at 1129 N. Wyckles Road.

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has already made a generous donation of 107 acres for this purpose.

Recycling Center

Rendering of Proposed Recycling Center

The proposed recycling center will increase customer service by allowing recycling/safe disposal services during year-round, regular, predictable hours.

Residents will be able to drop-off items that are typically hard to manage, such as paints & electronics, all in one-stop.


Drive-through, covered unloading zone for year-round use regardless of most weather conditions.


The convenience of single-stream recycling increased participation more than 20 fold.  Likewise, the convenience of the recycling center, is expected to dramatically increase participation.

Last year, 238,072 pounds of electronics & 4,350 gallons of paint were received during event-based collections.  How much more could be collected with the convenience of a recycling center?

After the initial phase, the recycling center intends to apply for permits to collect household hazardous wastes such as pesticides, harsh cleaners & fuels.

Household Chemicals

Landscape Recycling Facility

The proposed compost facility on the western section of the parcel will be a show-case site for environmental stewardship to:

Provide an environmentally-sound solution for managing landscape wastes, such as clippings, leaves and brush, for residential and commercial customers.

bags and crew

Produce high-quality compost & mulches and pro-actively marketing these products for home & community gardens, agricultural applications and land improvements

spreader and wheelbarrow
Aerial View Drawing

The site has adequate space for landscape disaster debris following an ice storm, high winds or a tornado.

snow trees

This site is well-suited for compatible uses such as a pollinator plot, community gardens and a solar farm.

solar farm
FFA Test Plot

Funding for the Recycling Center & Landscape Waste Recycling Facility

The proposed funding for the project is with a 20-year bond, which would be paid-off through an existing tax levy.  The funding would cover the costs for site development, building construction, and select equipment purchases.


The tax levy for a $75,000 home decreased $18.14/year with the final payment of the bond for the County Courthouse Complex & County Office Building.  For this project, the levy for the same home is expected to increase $6.17/year for an overall reduction of $11.97/year.

Land & Associated Costs $0
Recycling Center/Office Building $2,000,000
Recycling Area Site Work $1,300,000
Haz Mat Storage $100,000
Equipment Storage Building $200,000
Compost Facility Development $2,400,000
Compost Equipment $1,400,000
Signage $100,000
Total $7,500,000