Recycling Details

Residents can mix all allowed recyclable materials together in the same recycling container. Plus, plastics #1, #2, #4 – #7  are now recyclable, except for plastic #6 foam materials: those items must still be thrown away.

As well, there is no longer a requirement to use official recycling bins. To easily hold the additional recyclables allowed in the program and get them to the curb, residents may use any plastic or metal 45 gallon or smaller container* and label such with a “Recyclables Only” sticker or paint/mark a large letter “R” on the front. “Recyclables Only” stickers can be obtained by contacting your local city, township or village office, or MMWA.

* Note: In the City of Frankenmuth, residents must use only the 18-gallon recycling bins available through the city office. 

Recycling is Now a 1-Step Process! No Sorting Required!

Mix all allowed paper, glass, metal and plastics #1, #2, #4 – #7 recyclables together in your recycling container. No sorting needed! Remember to empty and rinse all containers before recycling. Removing labels is not necessary. Throw plastic lids in the trash. Recycle metal lids. Flatten containers when possible.

Empty, flatten and cut down cardboard boxes into pieces no larger than 3′ x 3′ and place in or under recycling container.

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Paper Items

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Recyclable Paper

Empty, flatten and cut down cardboard boxes into pieces no larger than 3 foot by 3 foot and place in or under recycling container.

Acceptable Paper

• Cereal And Cookie Boxes
• Phone Books
• Dry Food Boxes
• Magazines
• Shoe/Gift Boxes
• Paper Towel Rolls
• Catalogs
• Envelopes (Including Windows)

• Cereal And Cookie Boxes
• Phone Books
• Dry Food Boxes
• Magazines
• Shoe/Gift Boxes
• Paper Towel Rolls
• Catalogs
• Envelopes (Including Windows)

Unacceptable Paper

• Product Samples
• Laundry Soap Boxes
• Metal inserts
• Board Inserts

• Food Contaminated Boxes (Pizza Boxes, etc.)
• Plastic Grocery Bags

Plastic Items

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Recyclable Plastic

Remember to empty and rinse all containers before recycling. Removing labels is not necessary. Throw plastic lids in the trash. Most of the acceptable plastics are containers and other packaging. All must have the resin code # in chasing arrows marked somewhere on the item. If there is no resin code marked, please throw away: do not place in recycling bin.

Acceptable Plastic

• Beverage Bottles
• Juice and Soda Bottles
• Milk Jugs
• Laundry Detergent Bottles
• Clamshell Containers
• Blister Packs
• Squeezable Bottles

• Yogurt Cups
• Margarine Tubs
• Deli Containers
• Food Trays
• Aspirin Bottles
• Assorted Packages

Unacceptable Plastic

• Plastic Grocery Bags
• Motor Oil Bottles
• Cooking Oil Bottles
• Plastic Wrap

• Foam Items
• #3 Plastics
• Medical Items

Make recycling efforts count by keeping plastic bags out of the recycling bins. Be sure to dump recyclables out of plastic bags before putting them in the bin for collection. Plastic bags are not recyclable at curbside and are a problem both on the street when they blow out of the bin or truck, and at the recycling plant, where they wrap around the conveyor belt and ruin the ball bearings.

Click here to find drop off locations for plastic bag recycling.

Glass Items

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Recyclable Glass

Remember to empty and rinse all containers before recycling. Removing labels is not necessary. Throw plastic lids in the trash. Metal lids can be recycled.

Acceptable Glass

• Clear, Brown, and Green Glass
• Beverage Glasses and Plates

• Ceramics and Cookware
• Plate Glass

Unacceptable Glass

• Light Bulbs
• Table Glass

• Black, Blue or Frosted Glass
• Mirrors

Metal Items

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Recyclable Metal

Remember to empty and rinse all containers before recycling. Removing labels is not necessary. Throw plastic lids in the trash. Metal lids can be recycled.

Acceptable Metal

• Aluminum and Food Cans
• Metal Can Lids and Ends
• Foil Food Trays/Pie Plates

• Empty Aerosol Cans
• Empty Paint Cans

Unacceptable Metal

• Large Metal Scraps

• Coated Foil Wrappers

Other Recycling Options

See the list below for local businesses that will properly recycle your old television set. Many of these locations will no longer accept the old analog TV’s, as they are very expensive to recycle. Call first to ensure that the location accepts TV’s and what type they accept.

Where To Recycle It

The ReCommunity Recycling center, located at 911 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Saginaw, is no longer open as a public recycling drop-off site, but residents may still take their recyclable materials to Waste Management Recycle America, 1957 Findley St, Saginaw. The center is also open to businesses, churches, nonprofit organizations, and schools.

Recycle America accepts all materials included in the Mid Michigan Waste Authority recycling program including glass, paper, metal and plastics #1, #2, and #4 – #7. Used motor oil is not accepted at the Recycle America facility. The center is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4:30 pm. For other information about the public recycling drop-off center, please call (989) 754-6511.

For more information about recycling, visitwww.recyclemotion.com, or call (989) 781-9555.

The Listings on this website do not constitute an endorsement by Mid Michigan Waste Authority. The information provided is not all inclusive and is subject to change without notice.

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community-loopguide

The Loop Guide provides curbside solid waste service requirement info for residents of Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) member communities.

These trash, recycling and yard waste guidelines are in place to provide residents an efficient, safe, cost-effective services program. By following these guidelines, you will ensure the health and safety of collection workers and experience curbside service without interruption.

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