Plant PotsPlastic ContainersPlastic BagsBuckets, Tubs, Crates

Recycle Plastic Plant Pots and Trays

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WHAT:

  • Hanging Pots (please remove wire hangers) Plant Tags
  • Pots
  • Flats
  • Cell packs

WHERE:

Plant Plastics are accepted at the Drop-off Center only, up in the Recycle Barn. Please do NOT put them in curbside or drop-site bins.

WHEN:

Plant plastics are accepted for recycling April 1 through November 1 annually anytime the Drop-off Center is open!

HOW:

  • Tap ‘n’ stack, please. (Tap the dirt out and stack like containers with like to take up less room.)
  • Recycled into new pots, packs and flats by East Jordan Plastics–yes, in East Jordan, Michigan!

Recycle Plastic Containers

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WHAT:

Plastic containers under 2.5 gallons, no foam items.

  • Plastic lids
  • Tubs
  • Trays
  • Jugs
  • Cups
  • Clamshells
  • Bottles and jars

*NEW: Please put lids back on bottles, jugs and jars to help them make their way through collection and processing without falling out.

But No:

  • NO motor oil containers
  • NO biodegradable or corn-based plastics
  • NO buckets over 2.5 gallons, toys, furniture, etc.
  • NO large catering-size trays
  • NO containers over 2.5 gallons capacity
  • NO STYROFOAM

WHERE:

Accepted curbside or at any Emmet County Drop-off Recycling Site in the Containers bin.

HOW:

  • Plastic Lids can be recycled. Please put small ones (like from water bottles or milk jugs) back on their bottle or jug
  • There’s no need to remove labels
  • Rinse. It helps if you flatten them as much as possible, but it is not absolutely necessary.

Recycle Plastic Grocery & Bread Bags

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WHAT:

  • Air Pillows and Bubblewrap
  • Tyvek and plastic mail-order envelopes
  • Food Storage Bags
  • “Shrink” wrap, for example that used to bundle rolls of toilet paper and cases of water bottlesplastic bags
  • Other stretchy plastic bags
  • Bread Bags
  • Grocery Bags

“Stretchy, clean, and dry” plastic bags

But NO:

  • No vacuum-sealer bags
  • No mylar (metallic plastic film used in pouches and balloons)
  • No six-pack rings (they are now often made from biodegradable plastic)
  • No biodegradable or corn-based plastics
  • No potato chip-type bags (crunchy, rips before stretching, metallic lining)
  • No cling wrap (like Saran Wrap and that used to wrap meat)
  • No plastic pouches (like the following often come in: detergent pods, shredded cheese, grapes, soup, grains, snacks, mixes)

WHERE:

Accepted curbside with the Paper, Boxes and Bags or at any Emmet County Drop-off Recycling Site in the Paper, Boxes and Bags bin.

HOW:

  • Help your sort crew: Please take one of your bags and put all the rest in it.
  • Bags must be clean and dry
  • Bags must be made of a stretchy material

Recycle Plastic Buckets, Tubs, Crates & Laundry Baskets

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WHAT:

  • Lawn furniture (like Adirondack chairs)
  • Plastic laundry baskets
  • Plastic crates
  • Plastic tubs/totes and their lids
  • Plastic buckets (no metal handles)

*NEW: Please put lids back on bottles, jugs and jars to help them make their way through collection and processing without falling out.

But NO:

  • Vinyl siding
  • Tubes
  • Hoses
  • Coolers
  • Toys
  • Insulated items (coolers, etc.)
  • Black plastic items
  • Metal parts

WHERE:

These over-sized plastic items are accepted at the Drop-off Center only, up in the Recycle Barn. Please do NOT put them in curbside or drop-site bins.