Curbside Recycling Guide

Recycling is easy in East Lansing! Recyclable materials can be placed loose (no sorting required) in residents' recycling carts. Recyclables are collected curbside on a bi-weekly schedule. View the 2016 Recycling Schedule & Map (PDF).

Unsure of your recycling day? Contact the East Lansing Department of Public Works at (517) 337-9459.

To learn about additional materials that can be recycled, visit Other Recycling Options.

Single-Stream Curbside Recyclables

Material

Details (single stream, no sorting required)

Available for Drop Off

Glass Bottles & Jars

Paper labels acceptable. All colors accepted, including green.

yes

Tin, Foil, Steel & Aluminum Cans 

Paper labels acceptable. All sizes accepted. Remove food residue.

yes

Household Scrap Metal

Includes metal pots/pans, metal trays, metal bakeware, metal utensils, etc. Empty aerosol containers accepted. No wire hangers.

 

Plastic Bottles & Containers

Labeled #1-#7 (NO #3 PVC, Styrofoam or plastic bags); do not need to remove caps.

yes

Bulky Rigid Plastic

Includes buckets, lawn chairs, toys, bins, etc. (look for HDPE symbol)

 

Cartons

Includes milk cartons, juice cartons/boxes, etc.

 

Newspapers, Magazines & Phone Books

Includes inserts. NO plastic bags or packaging wrap.

yes
Paper

Includes office paper (do not need to remove staples), junk mail, envelopes, file folders, greeting cards, paper bags, shredded paper in secured clear plastic bag, etc.

yes
Boxboard

Includes dry food/cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.

yes

Corrugated Cardboard

Break down boxes, please. yes

Clothing/Textiles/Shoes

available via Simple Recycling

 

Small Household Goods / Appliances / Electronics

available via Simple Recycling