ITEMS THAT CAN BE RECYCLED
WHAT WE RECYCLE AND HOW IT SHOULD BE SEPARATED
Contact us if you have any questions about our program, Items or locations.
The inserts can be left inside. If it comes in a newspaper, it can be recycled with the
newspaper. Some of the things recycled newspapers can be made into are: Newsprint,
shoe boxes, cereal boxes, telephone books, tissues, paper towel, and insulation.
This category includes white and colored paper, envelopes, junk mail, folders,
construction paper, and cardstock. Items that CAN NOT be recycled are: tissue paper,
receipts, napkins, wrapping paper, and paper towel. For every ton of paper that is
recycled, 17 trees are saved from being cut down.
This category includes magazines, flyers, and catalogs. Glossy paper differs from
other papers because it has a heavy clay coating and must be processed differently.
This category includes bound, hardcover, soft cover, and phone books. Magazines
should not be mixed in with books, and should be placed with glossy paper. Rather than
recycling your books, many libraries, used book stores, and Salvation Army's will
accept your used books.
CARDBOARD & CHIPBOARD
This category includes corrugated cardboard boxes, cereal boxes, shoe boxes,
Kleenex boxes, and paper grocery bags. We CAN NOT accept chipboard that is dirty
with food such as paper plates, donut boxes, etc.
Glass must be separated into clear, brown, and green. Any other colors, such as blue
or red glass, should be put in with the green glass. Labels and tops can be left on the
glass, although metal tops can be recycled with the metal. Glass composites such as
Plexiglas can not be recycled. Most of the glass we recycle is pulverized and used
in road construction.
Metals of all different kinds can be sorted together. This includes steel, iron and aluminum
cans. Please make sure that your containers are rinsed. Labels do not have to be
removed. Crushing cans will help save on space. Aluminum is 100% recyclable, which
means none of the material is lost in the recycling process. Every time one aluminum
can is recycled, enough energy is saved to power a television for about three hours
(compared to mining and manufacturing a new can).
Please sort your plastics according to the number found on the bottom of the container.
We can accept #1 and #2 plastics together, and #4, #5, #6, and #7 plastics together. Make
sure your containers are clean and rinsed; otherwise they will end up in the garbage.
Tops should be removed and discarded. Any labels can be left on the container. Plastic
is one of the most important items to recycle because it is made from petroleum.
This category includes carry out boxes, packing materials, and some food containers.
We can accept Styrofoam peanuts, but they must be in a separate plastic bag from other
Styrofoam. Please make sure that no food scraps are in any containers.
This category includes orange juice, milk, soy milk, and juice box containers. The plastic
tops should be removed, and the containers flattened to save space. Please make sure
that all containers are rinsed to avoid unwanted odors.
We accept household batteries only. This includes AAA through D, 9 volt, and cell phone
batteries. Please make sure that they are in a separate bag. We CAN NOT accept car
batteries or any other heavy duty industrial batteries.
This category includes plastic grocery bags, plastic dry cleaning bags, and newspaper insert bags. We accept # 1, #2, and #4 plastic bags. Check the bottom or side of the bag to find the number. We CAN NOT accept bubble wrap, garbage bags, plastic food bags, and frozen food bags. Please make sure that your bags are clean and dry, and that receipts have been removed.
COMPUTER AND ELECTRONICS
CITY OF DETROIT RESIDENTS ONLY!
We accept old computers, CD players, VCRs, and televisions. Computers and electronics
in working condition can be donated to Salvation Army. We also accept cell phones and old
printer cartridges, but they must be collected separate from computers and electronics.
WE DO NOT accept Electronics for Non-Detroit Residents or Businesses. Please check with your local Municipal Government office for Collection Options or Contact: GEEP Michigan
For Detroit businesses and residents outside of Detroit, please visit GEEP Michigan at www.geepmichigan.com or call us toll free at 1-877-GEEP-4-YU (1-877-4337-498).