Curbside Recycling Program

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, 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:

Additional Recycling Options

Additional recycling options are available, including drop-off recycling, Simple Recycling for clothing/textiles/household items and more.

  • Drop-Off Recycling
    UPDATE (11/28/20): The DPW 24/7 recycling drop-off site will re-open to the public at noon on Monday, Jan. 4. Learn more.
  • Other Recycling Options
  • 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). 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.
  • Christmas Tree Collection
  • Extra Holiday Recycling Days


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 Administrator Cathy DeShambo.