Dispose of Flags Right

The U.S. flag, our national symbol, should not be placed in the regular rubbish. When a flag is so tattered that it no longer fits to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner.

The American Legion, VFW Posts, Boy Scouts of America, National Sojourners and other organizations regularly conduct flag retirement ceremonies, often on Flag Day (June 14). Locally, American Legion Posts and other clubs collect flags for proper disposal. Find a location.

You can also mail your tattered flag to a flag disposal organization, such as Flag Keepers.

Some communities have flag drop boxes for residents. To find collection information for your community, use this website’s geolocation services, or choose your community from the green ‘Select a City’ drop-down at the top of the page and click 'See Details.' 


For more information about care and treatment of the U.S. flag, read information on the United States Flag Code. See details about care and destruction of a State of Ohio flag.



Looking to recycle, donate or dispose of other items? Use the dark blue 'What Do I Do With?' search bar at the top of every page of this website. Allow location services or use the city drop-down to find opportunities in your local area.