What We Recycle

The Recycling Center is a do-it-yourself drop-off, open to residents, schools, organizations and businesses in the Great Lakes Bay region. To ensure a quick and easy drop-off experience please bring only acceptable materials rinsed clean, dry, and empty without lids.

Shredded Paper

Paper

Midland Recyclers works with several different processors to recycle the following types of paper. It is critical to keep each type separate and placed in the correct container.

  • Corrugated Cardboard (flattened) and paper bags
  • Cereal and boxboard (flattened)
  • Office paper and mail
  • Shredded paper (Shred your paper at the recycling center)
  • Magazines and catalogs (Glossy, more than 4 pages)
  • Newsprint and phone books

Plastic

Clean & Empty–No lids

Most plastic bottles and containers are marked with a number surrounded by the recycling symbol.

Please keep the following types of recyclable plastics separate from each other:

  • #1 bottles and jars – clear or translucent
  • #2 bottles and jars – natural colored (like most milk jugs), must have seam across the bottom
  • #2 bottle and jars – all other colors (like detergent bottles), must have seam across the bottom
  • All other plastics, including non-bottle #1 and #2, #3-7 and loop carriers
  • Polystyrene foam (PS6 only)
  • Plastic bags and shrink wrap – must be clean and dry
  • Vinyl siding – containers located outside behind building (YOU MUST HAVE STAFF ASSISTANCE)

The following types must be kept separate and placed in the packing material area:

  • Packing P-nuts
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Air Pillows
  • Foam sheets – must be flexible and bigger than 1 square foot
Plastic

Plastic Types

Plastic Symbols
Metal

Metal

Clean and empty, lids included

Steel and aluminum must be kept separate because they are distinctly different. Magnets are available on the signs and collection containers. Steel will stick to the magnet and aluminum will not.

  • Steel including aerosol cans
  • Aluminum including foil, cans, and non-magnetic aerosol cans
  • Get staff assistance for all other types of metal, large pieces of metal and appliances.

Glass

Clean & Empty–Put metal lids with steel

  • Clear bottles and jars only – no plate glass, no mirrors, no glassware like coffee pots and beverage glasses
Glass
We recycle batteries

Batteries & Electronics

You must get staff assistance to drop off the following because they are considered universal waste and we are obliged to follow many state and safety requirements.

Batteries – must be sorted into the following categories

  • Alkaline and heavy duty
  • Lead Acid
  • Li Ion – Lithium Ion (from cell phones and laptops) PLEASE NOTE – if damaged this type of battery requires special handling!
  • All other rechargeable batteries and Lithium batteries
  • Pill or Coin type batteries

Electronics

  • TV’S and computer monitors – you must pay a fee of $10 or $20 each
  • Cords, wires, burned out holiday lights
  • Computer towers, printers, keyboards, etc.
  • All other small appliances like microwaves, vacuums, and stereo equipment.
  • No refrigerators, no freezers, no air-conditioners (These contain or did contain freon and we are not allowed to accept them.)