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Disposal boxes for flags ready

Allegheny County, Pa. Sheriff William P. Mullen shows off NACo's flag disposal box.

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Flag disposal box program expands nationwide 

After a pilot program last fall, a program that provides flag disposal boxes is ready to go national.  Through a partnership between NACo, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriff’s Association, counties can request flag disposal boxes to place throughout their counties so residents can drop off their old, tattered and torn flags for a proper, dignified disposal.

The 25 counties in the pilot program have already seen great success.  

“The community response continues to grow as more people learn about how they can properly dispose of their worn out flags,” said David Zimmerman, Board chairman, Tazewell County, Ill. “This new NACo benefit allows our citizens to conveniently and respectfully recycle their flags while helping enhance our county's reputation as a positive resource for people's needs.”

For some counties, the program has seen more excitement than expected.

“When I was first approached about this program, I wondered what the response to it would be,” said Commissioner Stan Ponstein, Kent County, Mich. “But since the box was put up last month we have had 75 flags retired!”

The introduction of the flag retirement box in Kent County attracted press coverage all through the region, providing a great opportunity to educate the public about the proper care for the U.S. flag.  Other counties saw this flag disposal program as a good starting point for flag etiquette education and a useful community service.  

The flag disposal boxes are provided free of charge to NACo member counties thanks to generous national sponsorship from Nationwide Insurance & Lamar Advertising.  Koppers and Allegheny Construction Group provided local sponsorship for the pilot as well.

For more information or to request your own U.S. Flag disposal boxes, please visit

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