The City of East Lansing offers single-stream curbside recycling to single-family homes, duplexes and small, multi-family homes with up to 20 units. There is no fee to recycle, however, recyclables must be placed in a City of East Lansing recycling cart.
New, 96-gallon recycling carts were provided to residents in the fall of 2015. The carts were provided to residents at no cost thanks to a $125,000 grant from The Recycling Partnership and matching funds from the City of East Lansing.
What Can I Recycle?
Curbside recycling is single stream, so there is no need to sort or bag items. A number of items can be recycled, including glass, plastic, paper, newspaper, boxboard, cardboard, household scrap metal, rigid plastics, cartons and much more. Learn about everything that can be recycled with the Curbside Recycling Guide (PDF).
Collection Schedule (Bi-Weekly)
The curbside recycling program takes place on a bi-weekly schedule, and refuse collection takes place on a weekly schedule. The recycling cart should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. and there is no need to sort or bag items since the program is single stream. Collection is divided into Green Week or Blue Week. View the collection schedule:
Simple Recycling (collection is bi-weekly on the same day as a residents' curbside recycling; the bags are now orange, but green bags will still be accepted). Due to a State of Michigan Executive Order, please be advised that beginning March 24, 2020 ALL Simple Recycling collection operations in the state will be temporarily suspended. This will remain in effect until further notice. This does not impact residents' regular curbside recycling collection provided by the City.
Resident Survey on Recycling and Composting
The City of East Lansing is partnering with an MSU researcher to explore residents’ interests in recycling and composting. A brief survey is being conducted to get feedback from residents to understand potential areas to expand existing services offered by the City. Results from this survey will be a preliminary step to help direct the City’s efforts towards improving recoverable materials management services. The survey is 15 questions long and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey.
Community members with questions about the City's curbside recycling programs can contact the East Lansing Department of Public Works at (517) 337-9459 or DPW Environmental AdministratorCathy DeShambo.