Recycling Information
The United States is the number one trash producing country in the world. On average, each American produces 1,609 pounds of trash each year. In other words, each person generates an average of 4.4 pounds of trash each and every day. If you think about it, this includes everything from your newspaper, eggs shells, cereal boxes, coffee grounds, and styrofoam cup in the morning to your food wrappers, water bottles, chip bags, and soup cans at lunch to your plastic wrap for vegetables, plastic meat containers, and aluminum foil used to cook your evening dinner . . . and let's not forget other items such as tissue, paper towels, deodorant containers, perfume/cologne bottles, and shampoo bottles. All of these items can really add up to produce a significant amount of waste. Need more incentive? Check out these Ten Reasons to Recycle.  For additional contacts, check out the Bay County Recycling Program Contact Information page.

Spring into Action to Help Protect the Saginaw Bay!
It's spring and as thoughts turn to outdoor activities, we need to remember that we can all do our part to help protect the Saginaw Bay! Please click HERE to find out ways you can make a difference.

Special Events & Community Programs . . .  

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference:
The Saginaw Bay Watershed Conference Will be taking place on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Saginaw State University (SVSU), Curtiss Hall, University Center, MI. This day-long conference will focus on tools and strategies for protecting water quality, the critical need for action and the development of local policies to protect and restore the Saginaw Bay. Stakeholder groups from around the Lake Huron Basin, and particularly the Saginaw Bay watershed, are encouraged to attend. Breakout sessions will showcase stakeholder projects addressing various water quality, land use and related restoration issues in the urban and rural parts of the Saginaw Basin. Cost to attend is $30 ($15 for students). Registration includes lunch and conference materials. Registration is available online. Be sure to select for "Workshop Registration and Conference”. If you have any questions, please contact Pardeep Toor at 517-432-2222 or via email at toorpard@landpolicy.msu.edu

8th Annual Beach Wellness Event - Saturday, June 21, 2014
The 8th Annual BEACH WELLNESS event will take place on Saturday, June 21, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Bay City State Recreational Area located at 3582 State Park Drive, Bay City, MI 48706. The event will feature the 8th Annual Beach Wellness 5K run & walk and 10K run as well as a children’s 1/4 mile run. There will be a volleyball tournament on the beach which will be run by the YMCA and information for this tournament can be obtained by contacting Willi Pickvet at the “Y”- 989-895-8596. A classic car cruise is also part of the day’s festivities! Click HERE for more details or to sign up for the event. ALL PROCEEDS DONATED ARE STRICTLY USED FOR BEACH GROOMING!

Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program:
Yellow Jug Old Drugs is a program operated by Great Lakes Clean Water Organization to collect and properly dispose of unwanted/unused drugs in a safe and approved manner to help keep our water clean. Individuals bring in unused/unwanted/expired drugs to their local pharmacy for proper disposal. The Yellow Jug Old Drugs containers and contents are picked up at pharmacies and are then transported to a Waste-to-Energy facility for secure and assured destruction.  Click HERE to find a participating pharmacy in your area.

Dispose My Meds:
Dispose My Meds is an online resource to help you to find medication disposal programs at the local independent community pharmacy near you. More than 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and streams throughout the world. Pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment and there is genuine concern that these compounds, in the small concentrations that they're at, could be causing impacts to human health or to aquatic organisms.

Michigan Clean Sweep Program:
Looking for a way to safely dispose of unusable, outdated or unwanted pesticides? There is no charge for properly disposing of these materials through the Michigan Clean Sweep Program. Both pesticides and mercury items are accepted. No fertilizers will be accepted for disposal under the Clean Sweep Program unless they are part of a pesticide formulation.

2012-13 HolidayLEDs.com Christmas Tree Light Recycling (Free):
HolidayLEDs.com
is conducting their 2012-2013 Christmas light recycling program will be ending the end of February, 2013  Please post mark your lights by February 28, 2013.  The program will re-open October 2013. 

Local Recyclers . . .
Click on any item below and it will take you to information regarding local recycling locations in and around Bay County:

OTHER WASTE

 

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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

 

Curbside Recycing . . .

Many cities and townships have curbside recycling, Check the links below to see if you have curbside recycling in your area:

Bangor Township Recycling 
Beaver Township
City of Auburn Recycling Schedule
City of Bay City Recycling Schedule
City of Essexville Recycling Schedule
City of Pinconning Website
Frankenlust Township Website 
Fraser Township
Garfield Township
Gibson Township
Hampton Township Recycling Schedule 
Kawkawlin Township Recycling Schedule
Merritt Township
Monitor Township Recycling Schedule
Mt. Forest Township
Pinconning Township
Portsmouth Township
Williams Township Recycling Schedule

Government Recycling Websites . . .

EPA Pay-As-You-Throw Program
In communities with pay-as-you-throw programs (also known as unit pricing or variable-rate pricing), residents are charged for the collection of municipal solid waste-ordinary household trash-based on the amount they throw away. This creates a direct economic incentive to recycle more and to generate less waste. Most communities with PAYT charge residents a fee for each bag or can of waste they generate. In a small number of communities, residents are billed based on the weight of their trash. Either way, these programs are simple and fair. The less individuals throw away, the less they pay. To check out Michigan Counties that have the Pay-As-You-Throw Program please click HERE.

MDNRE Recycling Website
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) website with tips on how you can recycle in your community.

 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 
The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE):
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. 

United States Recycling Statistics
United States recycling statistics have vastly improved each year since the first U.S. recycling center opened its doors in 1896; but the U.S. still has a long way to go before it hits a perfect recycling stride.

Rain Barrels . . .

Bangor Township Green Team Rain Barrel Project:
The Rain Barrel Project will allow residents to use specially crafted rain barrels to capture rainwater from their roofs and use it for watering their gardens. The project could keep more than 5 million gallons of runoff from entering storm drains, which carry muck-making phosphorus and other pollutants to Saginaw Bay, the area’s source for drinking water. 

Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy Rain Barrels
For more information on SBLC Rain Barrels, please contact the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy at 989-891-9986.

Green Job Training . . .  

SVSU Green Job Training
SVSU is offering Green Training programs in partnership with Everblue Training Institute. Training includes: BPI BuildingAnalyst/Energy Auditor Certificate Training, BPI Envelope Shell Training, and Solar PV Bootcamp.

School Recycling Links . . .  

School Waste - Saginaw Bay Region
Schools in the Saginaw Bay Region with waste should contact Trisha Confer, MDNRE Hazardous Waste Inspector for Saginaw Bay Region at 989-894-6296.

EPA Education Outreach
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created this website to help in the classroom.  You can also check out the EPA Healthy School Environment webpage.

Kent County School Supplies Recycling
This interactive website allows you to search by school supply item in order to find the appropriate recycling method.

MDNRE - School Recycling List
The following sites are neither endorsed nor supported by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This list is provided to help you find more information about recycling.

Michigan Green Schools
A non-profit 501(c)3 agency dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools – public and private – achieve environmental goals which include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state along with world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship of students pre-kindergarten through senior high school.Michigan Green Schools Application Form. 

Edcational & Interactive Recycling Websites for Schools & Children . . .

The African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA)
Founded in 1985, The African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA) is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, promoting the efficient use of natural resources and increasing African American participation in the environmental movement.

 

Cherry Hill Showing the Way on America Recycles Day
November 15, 2008 marks the 11th annual America Recycles Day, an opportunity for cities and citizens to re-commit to improving recycling rates and protecting the environment. Cherry Hill, NJ, stands out among communities that are "greening" themselves, and can be a model for others looking to do the same.

Custom Boxes Now! 
Teaching Kids About Recycling: A kid - oriented recycling resource guide.

EPA Education Outreach
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created this website to help in the classroom.

Global Footprint Network
Global Footprint Network is pleased to announce a new Ecological Footprint Calculator! Currently we have calculators available for the U.S. and Australia, with more countries being added all the time. Check out this website to see how your living habits relate to your use of the planet's resources.

Imagination Factory- Trash Matcher
Quickly find an art or recycling activity based upon the materials you plan to use.

MDNRE - Environmental Educational
You can learn something about Michigan's environment and the many ways that you can care for it. New resources are added to this site every day that promote environmental education.

Michigan Green Schools
A non-profit 501(c)3 agency dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools – public and private – achieve environmental goals which include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state along with world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship of students pre-kindergarten through senior high school.  Michigan Green Schools Application Form

Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC)
The MRC is working to Advanced recycling and resource conservation in Michigan.  For additional resources, please check out the Resource Recovery Educators of Michigan (RREM)

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
Midland Volunteers For Recycling and the City of Midland Landfill offer FREE environmental programs and tours. MVFR and the Landfill are located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads. To schedule a tour for your students call Esther Seaver at 989.631.1668 or e-mail midvolrec@yahoo.com. They can accommodate one or two buses per visit.

Recycling Calculator
Provided by the National Recycling Coalition, this interactive program turns Recycling facts into fun.

Recycle City
This EPA website will help you learn how recycling reduces waste and saves money. Find out where all the garbage goes. Also play the 'Dumptown Game.'

School Gardens
School gardens provide children with an ideal outdoor classroom! Within a single visit to a garden, a student can record plant growth, study decomposition while turning a compost pile, and write a short essay. Gardens also provide students with opportunities to make healthier food choices, learn about nutrient cycles, and develop a deeper appreciation for the environment, community, and each other. The California Integrated Waste Management Board offers resources to school gardens related to compost, recycled-content garden supplies, free supplies and more.

School Waste Management Education and Assistance
The California Integrated Waste Management Board (Board) believes that through education, current and future waste generators will respect and conserve natural resources by making informed waste prevention choices. The Board's Office of Education and the Environment (OEE) provides standards-based K-12 curriculum and assistance for schools and districts. The OEE works with local agencies to promote waste management education in local schools and informal settings, such as science centers and museums. The Board's Office of Local Assistance continues to assist school districts in developing waste reduction programs and addressing other solid waste management needs.

U-Pack Moving - Saving Money & the Environment: A Kid's Guide to Recycling
Kids can be an enormous help when it comes to recycling. Apart from simply helping to sort items into the right bins, you can also make people aware of recycling. Kids can ask parents or teachers to help organize a recycling event in their neighborhood. This website has ideas on how kids can be involved with recycling along with other links for more ideas on how kids can get involved with recycling.

World Environmental Organization Recycling Data Base
Find ways to give new life to things that might otherwise end up in the trash. Use the World Environmental Organization Recycling Data Base to learn how to reuse common household items.  Just click on an item listed on the data base page to learn how to reuse it.

Recycling Organizations . . .

The African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA)
Founded in 1985, The African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA) is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, promoting the efficient use of natural resources and increasing African American participation in the environmental movement. 

Ann Arbor Clean Cities Coalition
The Ann Arbor Area Clean Cities Coalition is a public/private partnership formed to initiate the infrastructure and increase demand for alternative fueled vehicles within Washtenaw County, Michigan, with the goals of improving air quality, reducing dependence on imported oil, and empowering the businesses and residents of the community to move towards creating a more sustainable community.

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. ACEEE fulfills its mission by:  Conducting in-depth technical and policy assessments; Advising policymakers and program managers; Working collaboratively with businesses, public interest groups, and other organizations; Organizing conferences and workshops; Publishing books, conference proceedings, and reports; Educating consumers and businesses.

Bangor Township Green Team
The purpose of the "Green Team" is to educate and encourage our community to be more ecology minded. Our goal is to help people find ways to conserve energy, save money and work together to make out Township an active leader in the "Green Movement". We believe that working hand-in-hand for GREEN will make our community a better place to live, work and play.

City of Portland Waste Prevention and Recycling
Founded in 2000, the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development (OSD) brings together community partners to promote a healthy and prosperous future for Portland. OSD advances improvements and innovation in reducing global warming emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy, biofuels, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable economic development, sustainable food systems and green building practices.

Cool Earth
Cool Earth is a charity that protects endangered rainforest to combat global warming, protect ecosystems and provide sustainable jobs for local people. Working with partners throughout the Amazon, Cool Earth secures rainforest, helps protect it around the clock and ensures communities benefit from keeping the forest standing. Sponsoring an acre of rainforest with Cool Earth challenges global warming.

Global Releaf of Michigan
This state-wide non-profit volunteer based tree organization has a mission "To educate the public about the value of trees and the need to properly select, plan, and maintain them".  The Global Releaf of Michigan is currently seeking partnerships with neighborhood organizations throughout Michigan that are interested in planting trees on public property in their communities.  For more information, please check out their website at www.globalreleaf.org or contact them via phone at 1-800-642-7353.

Michigan Green Schools
A non-profit 501(c)3 agency dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools – public and private – achieve environmental goals which include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state along with world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship of students pre-kindergarten through senior high school.  Michigan Green Schools 2008-09 Application Form

Michigan Recycling Coalition
The Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to foster effective resource use in Michigan by developing, supporting and educating a coalition of business, government, non-profit and individual members working toward the common goals of waste reduction, recycling, reuse, composting and recycled-content purchasing.

Mid Michigan E-Waste
Performs environmentally friendly recycling using
de-manufacturing and asset recovery. Computers, monitors, terminals, printed circuit boards, telephone equipment, Cell Phones, Electronics and communications systems that are unusable are disassembled into component parts. Components of value are sold for reuse, and other parts are sent to certified facilities for metals recovery. All items from the de-manufacturing process are recycled. Even items with no value are recycled at MME’s expense. Using Do-All Incorporated a non-profit agency in Bay City Michigan, You can feel good that your recycled electronics are helping individuals with disabilities obtain employment in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Do-All performs all the de-manufacturing of electronics ensuring that nothing you donate ever ends up in a landfill.

NAHB National Green Building Program
Through the National Green Building Program, the National Association of Home Builders is helping its members move the practice of green building into the mainstream. Energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality are increasingly incorporated into the everyday process of home building.

NextEnergy
Launched in 2002, NextEnergy is already one of the nation's leading research catalysts and business accelerators for alternative and renewable energy and offers more than a hundred years of experience working with utilities, alternative fuels, hybrid power trains, business development, venture capital investment and more in the alternative energy industry. Located in Detroit, NextEnergy is within an hour of more than a dozen major research universities, and in the heartland of America's transportation, technology, and manufacturing industries. Fostering dynamic research and innovation, combining this intellectual capital with Michigan's legendary manufacturing prowess and entrepreneurial ingenuity to help generate new technologies, viable businesses, solid growth, and industry leadership.

The National Recycling Coalition
The National Recycling Partnership (NRP) is a coalition committed to improving recycling programs in the United States and reinvigorating recycling among consumers. Under the direction of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), grocery, food and beverage producers and retailers are engaged in two major initiatives to maximize the potential of recycling programs nationwide.

Tuscola County Wind Energy Program
Website dedicated to the use of Wind Energy in Tuscola County, Michigan.

U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

World Environmental Organization
The World Environmental Organization (World.Org) is devoted to the preservation of the natural diversity of plant and animal species, and their habitats, through the prevention of environmental degradation and destruction. World.Org develops and implements scientific strategies for decreasing fossil fuel use, preventing climate change, and preserving plant and animal species and their habitats.

Ways to be involved . . .

Affordable Lamps - Lighting Recycling Guide 
AffordableLamps.com has been offering fine lighting at significant cost savings since 1999. With over 30,000 of the latest lighting styles updated daily, we carry a large selection of lighting fixtures at heavily discounted prices compared to retail stores.

America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day is a nationwide event hosted by the National Recycling Coalition and sponsored by EPA. Every year, it highlights the progress we've made as a nation in recycling, and serves as a call to action for Americans to work together and improve recycling nationwide.

Bay County Environmental Health Division's Household Hazardous Materials Collection
The Bay County Environmental Heath Division has a 
Household Hazardous Materials drive in an effort to incinerate various materials that cannot otherwise be recycled and would end up in the landfills.  Please call 989-895-4006 for more information. 

Change a Light Campaign
The Change a Light Campaign is a national campaign encouraging all Americans to join with millions of others and take small, individual steps that make a big difference in the fight against global warming.

Classic Computer Recovery (CCR)
One of leading computer recycling companies in the Midwest. Classic Computer Recovery offers the highest value for retired computers, monitors, hardware components, networking equipment, media tapes and phone, fax and copier systems. Classic Computer Recovery also has a competitive advantage when it may become necessary to dispose of your equipment if your equipment exceeds a marketable value.

Consumers Energy - Green Generation Program 
This program adds diversity to the overall energy mix supplied by Consumers Energy, reduces our dependence on traditional energy sources, and preserves our natural resources. That’s important today and down the road.  Join green generation today and make a natural energy choice for Michigan. A new generation is here, and it is time to put our positive energy to work. It’s time for Green Generation, the renewable energy program from Consumers Energy.

Container Recycling Institute (CRI)
Founded in 1991, CRI is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that studies and promotes policies and programs that increase recovery and recycling of beverage containers, and shift the social and environmental costs associated with manufacturing, recycling, and disposal of container and packaging waste from government and taxpayers to producers and consumers.

The Daily Green
A website with tips and ideas on how you can live more Green. 

Earth 911
Earth 911 is a comprehensive communication medium for the environment. Earth 911 has taken environmental hotlines, web sites and other information sources nationwide, and consolidated them into one network. Once you contact the Earth 911 network, you will find community-specific information on eCycling and much more.

Eartheasy
A website of information, products, and seasonal articles to help you lead a more sustainable life.

Electronic Industries Alliance's Consumer Education Initiative
The Electronic Industries Alliance's eCycling Central Web site helps you find reuse, recycling and donation programs for electronics products in your state.

Energy Star
Provides an extensive list of products, services, manufacturers, and retailers who have taken the Energy Star Pledge.

Freecycle
It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free, and everything posted must be FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages. To view the items being given away or sought in your area, you must be a member of the local group.

Getting Clean by Going Green
When chemicals flow into the earth or the air, they can cause much harm to both the environment and living creatures alike. However, there are many eco-friendly alternatives for making DIY cleaning supplies. Simple ingredients like lemon, baking soda, and vinegar can be substituted instead. This site shares a variety of useful tips on how to live a green lifestyle!

Global Releaf of Michigan
This state-wide non-profit volunteer based tree organization has a mission "To educate the public about the value of trees and the need to properly select, plan, and maintain them".  The Global Releaf of Michigan is currently seeking partnerships with neighborhood organizations throughout Michigan that are interested in planting trees on public property in their communities.  For more information, please check out their website at www.globalreleaf.org or contact them via phone at 1-800-642-7353.

Great Lakes Electronics Corporation
Great Lakes Electronics performs environmentally friendly recycling using de-manufacturing and asset recovery. Computers, monitors, terminals, printed circuit boards, telephone equipment, TV's, VCR's and communications systems that are unusable are disassembled into component parts. Components of value are sold for reuse, and other parts are sent to certified facilities for metals recovery. All items from the de-manufacturing process are recycled. Even items with no value are recycled at GLE's expense.

Green Cars
Buying green is just the first step in reducing the environmental impacts of automobile use. Your choice of vehicle is most important, but how you drive and how well you maintain your car, van, or light truck will also make a difference. This site can provide you with more than 10,000 vehicle ratings, plus a host of resources to help you better understand the impact of vehicles on the environment.

 

Green & Save
Saving your money and the planet one household at a time.

Home Depot
The Home Depot has launched a national in-store, consumer compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program at all 1,973 The Home Depot locations. This free service is available to residents ONLY - no waste from businesses is accepted. 

Internet Consumer Recycling Guide
This recycling guide provides a starting point for consumers in the USA and Canada searching the net for recycling information. The information is for regular folks with regular household quantities of materials to recycle. The goal is to help make recycling so easy and automatic that it blends into the flow of everyday life.

Let's Recycle
A website aimed at those involved professionally in the recycling business, but also informative for anyone interested in recycling. In addition to recycling news, this website also lists the latest prices for various recyclable materials, a comprehensive waste services directory, and details of recycling-related legislation.

Living Green: A Guide to Recycling Electronics   
Most electronic items can actually be recycled. There are centers in every state that accept various types of electronic items, parts, and appliances. Some even offer to pick it up as a free service, while others also offer a cash payment as a token incentive. Apart from impacting the environment in a very positive way, residents can also free up more space at home in mere minutes. When it is this easy to recycle e-waste, there really isn’t any excuse not to!  This website can guide you with your recycling organization.

Mosquito Control Scrap Tire Drive
The Bay County Mosquito Control Divison hosts Scrap Tire Drives in an effort to eliminate potential mosquito breading ground.  Please call 989-894-4555 for more information.

Mover's Guide to Recycling Boxes:
Once you face the task of taking care of the empty boxes, there are several things you could do with them. You can reuse them to store some of the items that you may have in your home. You can also recycle them so that they can be reused again. And, you can also use some of the boxes for young children to use and explore their imaginations.  This website has suggestions and websites you can use to discover how to overcome your box dilemmas.

My Green Electronics
Provided by the Consumer Electronics Association, this site is a resource for consumers wishing to purchase green products and/or searching for local opportunities to recycle or donate used electronics.

OurEarth.Org
This website began as a simple idea to make it easier for people to find environmental information. There are outstanding environmental programs, activities, initiatives, ideas, and grassroots efforts across the country but it can be difficult to sort through all of the websites and information available. As a result, important natural resources, energy savings, and pollutant reductions are lost each and every day, causing unnecessary damage to our planet. OurEarth.org is a non-profit environmental organization based in Baltimore.

PermaLife Internet, LLC
An exclusive online retailer of PermaLife Products LLC. PermaLife Products, LLC is a fully integrated, rubber recycler operating facilities in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Arizona and Oklahoma where they transform environmental problems into opportunities to beautify and enhance America's landscape and leisure activities. PermaLife offers a full line of recycled rubber products that add safety and beauty to your home or commercial landscape, your children's playgrounds, at home or at school, and sports-playing surfaces throughout the world.

RecycleBank
RecycleBank is here to change behaviors and attitudes – not as enforcers, but encouragers. Whether you are taking baby steps, learning the path to greater awareness, or are a bona fide tree hugger, we respect your shade of green.

Recycler's World
Recycler's World was established to promote the trade of scrap & waste materials. The site is structured by Section/Category/Grade and encompasses the entire spectrum of by-products, scrap or waste materials and includes all types used items. To get the best result from this website, please add a listing into the exchange of anything you wish to buy/sell or trade.

Recycling Guide
Find out how to recycle at home and how materials are recycled. Includes a detailed guide to recycling a wide range of different materials ranging from paper to mobile phones, and from plastic bottles to printer cartridges.

Recycle More
This website offers a one-stop recycling information centre. This is an excellent site for children, but also presents masses of information for people of all ages who are interested in recycling in homes, businesses, and schools.

RecycleNet 
RecycleNet Corporation operates a unique trading system for secondary commodities.  They are not dealers, brokers or processors.  RecycleNet is a trading system that generators, brokers, dealers, processors and consumers use to buy/sell/trade recyclable materials or used items. RecycleNet tracks prices for over 1,000 grades of scrap and recyclable commodities from the Recycler's Exchange spot market . Each day at 10:00am EST a snapshot is taken of the on-line spot market prices, this information is archived as historical pricing data.  For more pricing information, check out the RecycleNet Composite Index.

Recycle Now
Tips and ideas on how you can start recycling now!  RecycleNow has a 4-step guide to easy recycling. Find out how to recycle in your local area.

TechSoup
TechSoup has compiled a comprehensive body of information to promote computer recycling and reuse. This site provides resources for those who would like to donate hardware, those who would like to acquire recycled hardware, and refurbishers.

Tropicana and Cool Earth - Rescuing the Rainforest
Tropicana in association with Cool Earth have teamed up to help preserve the rainforest. When you create an account and enter codes from specially marked packages of Tropicana products, they will help protect 100 square feet of rainforest and you will be entered into their sweepstakes and daily instant win game. No purchase is necessary to enter or win sweepstakes or instant win game.

UK Recycling Websites
A list of online resources that covering all aspects of reuse and recycling in the United Kingdom.

Waste Line
A website dedicated to information on and ways to dispose of waste.

 Xtc's, LLC  
Aa recycling venture created specifically to be part of the environmental solution for the digital TV transition.  Their solution includes implementing FREE one day TV and computer collection events for the residential population in targeted states where no electronic waste (e-waste) legislation exists.

 Yahoo Green
A website dedicated to living green.  News, blogs and tools for living green.

Zero Waste Management Group
Zero Waste Management Group sets itself apart from other recycling and waste management companies by our determined efforts to eliminate waste. We are not only experts in identifying and recommending viable solutions to waste-related issues, but we raise the bar in waste management by planning, facilitating and finally executing zero waste programs. The Zero Waste Management Group team works effectively towards the achievement of our unified goal: to reduce waste to zero.

Recycling Articles & Journals . . .

Eartheasy
A website that contains seasonal articles to help you lead a more sustainable life.

Energy Daily, The
Whether your business is nuclear power, natural gas, electric utilities, oil, coal or alternative fuels, The Energy Daily will analyze and explain breaking energy business news, congressional hearings, regulations, market intelligence and trends that are important to your competitiveness.

Daily Green, The
A consumer’s guide to the green revolution.

Great Lakes News
Great Lakes News reports on developments in the effort to protect and restore the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River ecoystem. This site is operated by Great Lakes United, relaying news and information from across the region and our coalition members.

Mlive.Com Articles:

 

NextEnergy News and Newsletters:

Resource Recycling
This is North America's Recycling & Composting Journal on the web.  A great source for recycling & composting information.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
An article on the basics on how consumers can reduce, reuse and recycle.

Renewable Energy World
Started in 1998 by a group of Renewable Energy professionals who wanted their work to relate to their passion for renewable energy. With this passion and the desire to create a long term sustainable business, we have created perhaps the single most recognized and trusted source for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet.

  • Renewable Energy E-Newsletter (Free)
    We Cover All Renewable Energy Technologies: Solar Energy - Wind Power - Geothermal - Hydropower - Hydrogen - Bio Energy - Ocean Energy - Green Power - and other emerging renewable energy technologies. Daily, we collect and distribute the latest Renewable Energy news and deliver it to your personal e-mail. You don't need to search or jump from site to site to find the latest news in renewable energy. Our editors track and write about up to the minute news, industry trends, policy, new products and technology, investment news, finance and more.

        Village Green, The
        
Your Monthly Email Connection to the RecycleBank Community.

        WWJ News Radio 950 - Detroit

Yahoo Green
A website dedicated to living green.  News, blogs and tools for living green.

Wind Energy . . .

Wind Resource LLC - Landowner Information
Founded in 2007, Wind Resource has been actively developing projects in Michigan and throughout the Western United States. Wind Resource builds on the experience of Rich Vander Veen and Bruce Barget.  Vander Veen helped lead the team that developed the first privately financed commercial scale wind project in Michigan in 2001 in Mackinaw City. Vander Veen has continued to develop over 600 MW’s of wind energy that are in various stages of development throughout the state.

Bay County Renewable Energy - Wind Energy Webpage

Michigan Siting Guidelines for Wind Energy Systems
These guidelines have been developed by the Energy Office, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth to assist local governments to develop siting requirements for wind energy systems.  

Tuscola County Wind Energy Program
Website dedicated to the use of Wind Energy in Tuscola County, Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind Towers Installed in Tuscola County
Two wind farms have been built in the Thumb area, both built by private companies. Now the groundwork has been laid for the first public utility wind farm.  Article by WJRT-TV12 News.

Harvest Wind Farm Fact Sheet
This fact sheet was produced by Creative 360 took tours to the wind farm in June and October of 2008. The wind farm is a leading example of Michigan's future in renewable energy technology. Their next tour will be on August 8, 2009.

Wind Energy Articles: 

Muskegon Chronicle: Offshore wind turbine issue not on Michigan’s radar screen until fall (Thursday, May 12, 2011)

 

The Bay City Times:  Bay County to install wind turbines, run solar-powered golf carts (Friday, March 26, 2010) 
The Bay City Times:  Bay County businesses jockeying for spot in growing renewable energy industries (Monday, January 26, 2009)
The Bay City Times:  Delta College to offer wind turbine technology degree (Wednesday, April 15, 2009)

Composting . . .

Eartheasy - Composting
Composting is the single most important supplement you can give your garden soil. Composting is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus which fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil. It's also free, easy to make and good for the environment.

EPA Composting Website
Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 24 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. That's a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead. Composting offers the obvious benefits of resource efficiency and creating a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled.

Recycling Locations (alphabetical by item) . . .

Appliance Disposal & Recycling - (Residential Appliances Only):
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Consumers Energy
All Consumers Energy residential electric customers are eligible. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition, cleaned out and between 10 cubic feet and 30 cubic feet in size. Limit two units per residence, per calendar year. Someone age 18 years or older must be present to sign and release the unit at pickup.

 

 

DTE Energy
To participate in the DTE Energy program, you must be a Detroit Edison customer. Room air conditioner and dehumidifier pick-ups must be scheduled with your qualified refrigerator or freezer appointments.

Great Lakes Bay Recycling
1603 Woodside
Bay City, MI
Phone: 989-798-1953
* Will recycle anything with a plug!

 

 

Millars Appliance
721 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989-545-1911

Aluminum Recycling:
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Brady News & Recycling, Inc.
3240 Schuette Road
Midland, MI 48642
989-496-9900
Steel and Aluminum Cans and Aluminum Foil Products: Such as tuna, soup, vegetable cans, etc. They accept a wide variety of other metals, but please call ahead to verify acceptance.

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Aluminum (all sizes and types accepted)

Omnisource-Bay City
1414 North Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
989-895-5571
Aluminum, Steel Cans and other various scrap metal Recycling. 

The Rifkin Group
1445 North Niagara Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
989-752-7646
Ferrous Metals: Obsolete Material, Appliances & Sheet Metal, Car Bodies, Industrial Production Scrap, Mixed Steel w/ Tool Steel, SEG Steel. Non-Ferrous Metals: All Grades of Aluminum, Copper, Stainless Steel, Brass, Batteries, Lead, Carbide.

 

 

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle: Metal - steel, aluminum; Non-Ferrous Metal - copper and all types of Brass. 

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle:  
All types of metal (please rinse cans and remove labels),

Antifreeze Recycling
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change
401 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
989-686-1343

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Antifreeze (cannot be mixed with anything)

Automotive Battery Recycling: 
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Batteries Plus
2930 McCarty Road
Saginaw, 
MI 48603
Phone: 989-497-8288
Auto: Car Batteries, NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries (non-NiCad)

Interstate Battery of Bay City
1408 Marquette Street
Bay City, MI 48706
989-684-1382 
Auto: Car Batteries

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Auto Batteries, Marine Batteries, NI-CAD Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle: Batteries - all. 

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle:  Batteries - Rechargeable, Household and Car Batteries

 

Battery Recycling:
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Recycling Common Household Alkaline Batteries and Button Batteries:  Today's standard household batteries -the AA's, AAA's, C's, D's, and 9-volts that you pick up at the supermarket or drug store - have been re-engineered so that the components in them are of low toxicity, making them safe to dispose of with your normal trash. But consider this: If you're using more than a dozen or so disposable batteries per year, your can probably save a lot of money by going to rechargeables. (from http://www.grinningplanet.com/).  Below are locations that accept Batteries: 

Call 2 Recycle - Rechargeable Battery Recycling Coalition
Call2Recycle is the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America.

 

Anderson Radio
149 Westside Saginaw Road
Bay City, Mi 48706
Phone: 989-768-4996
Batteries: NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries (non-NiCad)

Batteries Plus
4041 North Euclid Avenue, Suite C
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989-667-8722
Batteries: NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries (non-NiCad)

Batteries Plus
2930 McCarty Road
Saginaw, 
MI 48603
Phone: 989-497-8288
Auto: Car Batteries, NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries (non-NiCad)

Best Buy
4406 Bay Road
Saginaw, 
MI 48603
Phone: 989-799-8266
Batteries: NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries (non-NiCad)
Electronics: Compact Discs (CDs)/DVDs, Electronics (note), Inkjet Cartridge
Reuse: Cell phone and Equipment Reuse/Recycle, Computer Floppy Disks

Great Lakes Bay Recycling
1603 Woodside
Bay City, MI
Phone: 989-798-1953
* Recyles batteries along with anything with a plug!

Home Depot
3860 State Street Road
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989-671-9402
Recycles rechargable batteries from Residents Only.  No commercial or business recycling accepted. 

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
NI-CAD Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries, Auto Batteries, Marine Batteries

RadioShack
4101 Wilder Road
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989-768-4072
Batteries: NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries (non-NiCad)

RadioShack
4073 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989-684-0512
Batteries: NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries (non-NiCad)

The Rifkin Group
1445 North Niagara Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
989-752-7646
Ferrous Metals: Obsolete Material, Appliances & Sheet Metal, Car Bodies, Industrial Production Scrap, Mixed Steel w/ Tool Steel, SEG Steel. Non-Ferrous Metals: All Grades of Aluminum, Copper, Stainless Steel, Brass, Batteries, Lead, Carbide.

 

 

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle:Batteries - all 

 

Staples The Office Superstore
4021 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, 
MI 48706
Phone: 989-667-0422
Batteries: NiCad Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries (non-NiCad)

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle:  Batteries - Rechargeable, Household and Car Batteries

Cardboard/Corrugated Recycling
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions

Brady News & Recycling, Inc.
3240 Schuette Road
Midland, MI 48642
989-496-9900
Corrugated: Includes packing boxes, brown paper grocery bags, pop/beer cartons and most standard cereal boxes. Not accepted are food-stained boxes or wax impregnated cardboard. Tape and staples are okay (no foam or wood) and boxes do not need to be collapsed before placing on the conveyor.

Do-All, Inc.
1400 S. Lincoln Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 894.2851
Fax: (989) 894.4522
Standard cardboard, certain plastics and wooden pallets.

 

 

 

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Corrugated cardboard (flattened), Cereal boxes (flattened), and boxboard (flattened)

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle: Paper - cardboard, newspapers.

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Cardboard (please flatten), Boxboard - Cereal Boxes & Tissue Boxes

Cell Phone Reuse/Recycling 
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions. 

Best Buy
4406 Bay Road
Saginaw, 
MI 48603
Phone: 989-799-8266
Reuse: Cell phone 

Do-All, Inc.
1400 S. Lincoln Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 894.2851
Fax: (989) 894.4522
Electronic waste (e-waste) including computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, telephones and a variety of other items.

Great Lakes Bay Recycling
1603 Woodside
Bay City, MI
Phone: 989-798-1953
* Recyles cell phones along with anything with a plug!

Mid-Michigan Waste
2204 Schauman Court
Bay City, MI 48706
989-895-5282 Office
989-509-5905 Fax
Computers, monitors, terminals, printed circuit boards, telephone equipment, cell phones, electronics and communications systems

Staples The Office Superstore


4021 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, 
MI 48706
Phone: 989-667-0422
Reuse: Cell phone and Equipment Reuse/Recycle.

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Cell Phone

Computer Recycling 
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions. 

Best Buy
4406 Bay Road
Saginaw, 
MI 48603
Phone: 989-799-8266
Compact Discs (CDs)/DVDs, Electronics, Inkjet Cartridge, Computer Floppy Disks

Cartridge World

206 N Euclid Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706
(989) 686-1491
Recycling, Reuse and Refilling computer ink cartridges.

CBC Recycling, Inc. of Flint
1801 S Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48503
(810) 239-5040
Old computer equipment.

Do-All, Inc.
1400 S. Lincoln Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 894.2851
Fax: (989) 894.4522
Electronic waste (e-waste) including computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, telephones and a variety of other items.

Great Lakes Bay Recycling
1603 Woodside
Bay City, MI
Phone: 989-798-1953
* Recyles alll forms of E-Waste, Computers, etc. 

Mid-Michigan Waste
2204 Schauman Court
Bay City, MI 48706
989-895-5282 Office
989-509-5905 Fax
Computers, monitors, terminals, printed circuit boards, telephone equipment, cell phones, electronics and communications systems

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Recycle:  Ink jet cartridges

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle: Any electronic items such as: computers, auto parts, office equipment, fax machines, DVD players, Playstations, electronic motors. 

Staples The Office Superstore
4021 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, 
MI 48706
Phone: 989-667-0422
Trade in newer technology like laptops, desktops, digital cameras, and LCD monitors for Staples coupons to spend online or in stores through Staples Online Technology Trade In Program, available at www.staples.com/greensight. Equipment without trade in value can be brought to any Staples store for responsible recycling.  Materials Collected / Services Offered:  Electronics: Computer Monitors, Computer Recycling, Electronics, Inkjet Cartridge, Office Machines, Toner Cartridge. 

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Computer disks, floppy disks, video & audio cassettes, CD's & DVD's, Ink Jet Cartridges, Laserjet cartridges, Electronics - Computer & Stereo Equipment (there is a fee for monitors and TVs for out of county residents)

Concrete
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

 

Bond Crushed Concrete
3740 Patterson Rd
Bay City, MI 48706-1965
(corner of Wheeler & Wilder)
989-684-0900
Recycle: Will accept drop-off of concrete at no charge to be crushed and re-used at a later date. Concrete should be clean of most dirt and have no lead based paint.

Champagne & Marx Excavating
1445 Liberty Rd
Saginaw, MI 48604-9779
(corner of Michigan and Liberty)
989-755-8971
Recycle:  Will accept drop-off of concrete at no charge to be crushed and re-used at a later date. Concrete must be clean (i.e. no paint, dirt or other contaminants).

Construction & Demolition Waste
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Construction and demolition (C & D) waste is waste building material, packaging, and rubble that results from construction, remodeling, repair, and demolition operations on houses, commercial or industrial buildings, and other structures. C & D waste may be generated at many sources including households, commercial establishments, and industrial facilities. 

The MDNRE Open Burning Regulations state that the open burning of any C & D waste is prohibited, even if the burning is to be conducted on the person’s own property. 

A person may NOT take C & D waste to another location (such as a household) to be burned. C & D waste should be reused, recycled, or disposed of in a landfill that accepts C & D waste.

Bay County Landfills that take Construction & Demolition Waste (including treated wood):

Republic Services of Northern MI/Whitefeather Landfill
2401 E. Whitefeather Road
Pinconning, MI 48650
Phone: 989-879-3372
Services: Landfill 

Electronic Waste
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Great Lakes Bay Recycling
1603 Woodside
Bay City, MI
Phone: 989-798-1953
* Recycles all forms of E-Waste . . . if it plugs in, they'll recycle it!  

Mid-Michigan Waste
2204 Schauman Court
Bay City, MI 48706
989-895-5282 Office
989-509-5905 Fax
Computers, monitors, terminals, printed circuit boards, telephone equipment, cell phones, electronics and communications systems

Electronic Waste Takeback Program
The Electronic Waste Takeback Program was established in 2008 as part of a law promoting electronic waste recycling.  The law requires:

Manufacturers who are selling new TVs and computers in Michigan must:

  • Register with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Have an electronic recycling (takeback) program-free and convenient for households and small businesses (less than 10 employees)
  • Maintain a Web site and otherwise inform consumers how to recycle TVs and computers
  • Submit annual information about their takeback program (number of units collected, names of collection or recycling agencies involved)

 Retailers must:

  • Sell ONLY new computers and TVs produced by registered manufacturers
  • Recyclers of TVs and computers must:
  • Register with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Comply with federal and state recycling laws
  • Annually report the amount of recycled material and the names and locations of recycling facilities under their direct control in Michigan who processed the recycled equipment.

 More Information:

Extension Cords 
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Mid-Michigan Waste
2204 Schauman Court
Bay City, MI 48706
989-895-5282 Office
989-509-5905 Fax
Computers, monitors, terminals, printed circuit boards, telephone equipment, cell phones, electronics and communications systems

 

 

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Rubber covered cords- Extension Cords

Fluorescent Lightbulbs
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Home Depot
3860 State Street Road
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989-671-9402
Recycles Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL) from Residents ONLY.  This service is free to residents.  No commercial or business recycling accepted.  They DO NOT recycle fluorescent tubes.

Menards
2864 Wilder Road
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: 989-686-1764
Recycles both fluorescent lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes.

Glass Container Recycling: 
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Recycle:  Glass (Clear and lightly tinted green container glass)

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle: Paper - cardboard, newspapers; Glass; Metal - steel, aluminum; Non-Ferrous Metal - copper and all types of Brass; Oil - car, used; Batteries - all; All Types of Plastic including vinyl siding; Tires; Any electronic items such as: computers, auto parts, office equipment, fax machines, DVD players, Playstations, electronic motors.

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Clear Glass Bottles and Jars (remove lids and rinse)

Magazine Recycling:
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Brady News & Recycling, Inc.
3240 Schuette Road
Midland, MI 48642
989-496-9900

Magazines/Catalogs: Defined as being purchased from a store magazine rack or received through the mail, can include subscription type magazines or gift catalogs. They also accept phone books.

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com

 


Magazines and Catalogs (glossy), Office paper, mail (keep shredded paper), Paper Bags, Newspapers (and what comes in them), Phone Books

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234
Recycle: Paper - cardboard, newspapers.

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Newspaper ( Inserts and Ads too), Magazines, Catalogs (staples are okay), Phone Books, Cardboard (please flatten), Boxboard - Cereal Boxes & Tissue Boxes, Junk Mail (including envelopes)

Mercury Disposal
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions. 

Bay County Environmental Health
Household Hazardous Materials Collection
Call 989-895-4006 for availability and schedule of events.
Disposal Collection and Mercury Thermometer Exchange.

Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Michigan Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, Michigan 48909
989-758-1778
Toll Free: 1-800-292-3939
E-Mail: 
mda-info@michigan.gov

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
Saginaw Bay District Office
503 N. Euclid Ave, Suite 1
Bay City, MI 48706-2965
(989) 686-8025
For a complete list of Mercury drop-off locations in Michigan, please contact the MDEQ.

Microwave Ovens
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Do-All, Inc.
1400 S. Lincoln Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 894.2851
Fax: (989) 894.4522
Electronic waste (e-waste) including computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, microwaves and a variety of other items.

Great Lakes Bay Recycling
1603 Woodside
Bay City, MI
Phone: 989-798-1953
* Microwaves and all forms of E-Waste . . . if it plugs in, they'll recycle it!  

Mid-Michigan Waste
2204 Schauman Court
Bay City, MI 48706
989-895-5282 Office
989-509-5905 Fax
Computers, monitors, terminals, printed circuit boards, telephone equipment, cell phones, electronics and communications systems

Omnisource-Bay City
1414 North Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
989-895-5571
Microwave Ovens: For scrap metal recycling. 

Motor Oil 
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change
401 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
989-686-1343

 

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle:  Used Motor Oil (cannot be mixed with anything)

Newspaper Recycling Locations: 
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Brady News & Recycling, Inc.
3240 Schuette Road
Midland, MI 48642
989-496-9900
Newspaper: Anything published with the newspaper can remain in it for recycling. Please remove newspapers from bags or bundle straps as they may get caught in the balers.

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Newspapers (and what comes in them), Magazines and Catalogs (glossy), Office paper, mail (keep shredded paper), Paper Bags, Phone Books

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234
Recycle: Paper - cardboard, newspapers

Office Machine Recycling:

Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions. 

Do-All, Inc.
1400 S. Lincoln Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 894.2851
Fax: (989) 894.4522
Electronic waste (e-waste) including computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, telephones and a variety of other items.

Mid-Michigan Waste
2204 Schauman Court
Bay City, MI 48706
989-895-5282 Office
989-509-5905 Fax
Computers, monitors, terminals, printed circuit boards, telephone equipment, cell phones, electronics and communications systems

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle: Any electronic items such as: computers, auto parts, office equipment, fax machines, DVD players, Playstations, electronic motors.

Staples The Office Superstore
4021 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, 
MI 48706
Phone: 989-667-0422
Trade in newer technology like laptops, desktops, digital cameras, and LCD monitors for Staples coupons to spend online or in stores through Staples Online Technology Trade In Program, available at
www.staples.com/greensight. Equipment without trade in value can be brought to any Staples store for responsible recycling.  Computer Monitors, Computer Recycling, Electronics, Inkjet Cartridge, Office Machines, Toner Cartridge.  
 

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Computer disks, floppy disks, video & audio cassettes, CD's & DVD's, Ink Jet Cartridges, Laserjet cartridges, Electronics - Computer & Stereo Equipment (there is a fee for monitors and TVs for out of county residents), Mixed Office Paper (Colored, White, Computer Paper).

Paint Recycling/Reuse:
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions. 

Latex Paints
Open lids and allow the paint to air dry in a well-ventilated area. Dispose of dry paint cans at the curbside with your regular garbage pick-up.  Paint must be completely dry in order for them to be picked up at curbside.

Exterior Paint (more than 10 gallons same color)



Unopened Exterior Paint-   Bay County Habitat for Humanity ReStore – 989-894-0415

Bay County Environmental Health
Household Hazardous Materials Collection
Call 989-895-4006 for availability and schedule of events.
Disposal Collection of Paint.

Paper Recycling
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions. 

Brady News & Recycling, Inc.
3240 Schuette Road
Midland, MI 48642
989-496-9900

Office Paper/Junk Mail: Any type of paper, including shredded from a typical household or office setting. However, plastic overheads, carbon paper and window envelopes are not accepted.

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Office paper, mail (keep shredded paper), Paper Bags, Phone Books, Newspapers (and what comes in them), Magazines and Catalogs (glossy)

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle: Paper - cardboard, newspapers.
 

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Mixed Office Paper (Colored, White, Computer Paper), Newspaper ( Inserts and Ads too), Magazines, Catalogs (staples are okay), Phone Books, Cardboard (please flatten), Boxboard - Cereal Boxes & Tissue Boxes, Junk Mail (including envelopes).

Pesticide Disposal
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions. 

Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Michigan Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, Michigan 48909
989-758-1778
Toll Free: 1-800-292-3939
E-Mail: 
mda-info@michigan.gov

 Plastic Recycling
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Brady News & Recycling, Inc.
3240 Schuette Road
Midland, MI 48642
989-496-9900
#1 and #2 Container Plastic: Common examples are laundry soap, milk jugs and water bottles. Used oil and anti-freeze containers are not accepted due to contamination.

Container Recycling Institute (CRI)
Founded in 1991, CRI is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that studies and promotes policies and programs that increase recovery and recycling of beverage containers, and shift the social and environmental costs associated with manufacturing, recycling, and disposal of container and packaging waste from government and taxpayers to producers and consumers.  This website also has a listing of Plastic Recycling Rates.

Do-All, Inc.
1400 S. Lincoln Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 894.2851
Fax: (989) 894.4522
Standard cardboard, certain plastics and wooden pallets.

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Plastic #1 bottles (clear or translucent), Plastic #2 bottles (must have seam across bottom, keep milk jugs separate), Plastic bags (all types accepted, including shrink wrap)

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle: All Types of Plastic including vinyl siding. 

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle:Plastic Bottles and jugs #1 and #2 (remove lids and rinse, must have screw lids IE: pop bottles), Plastic bags (No Trash/Water/Debris/ Must be clean)

Sharps Collection/Medical Needles:
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Safe Needle Disposal Program
Recommendations and links for proper needle disposal, including mail-back programs.

Bay County Environmental Health
Household Hazardous Materials Collection

Call 989-895-4006 for availability and schedule of events.
Houshold Hazardous Materials Collection Program.

Smoke Detectors
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Great Lakes Bay Recycling
1603 Woodside
Bay City, MI
Phone: 989-798-1953
* Recycles Smoke Detectors and all forms of E-Waste . . . if it plugs in, they'll recycle it!  

 

Smoke Detectors are made up of primarily plastic. In order to recycle the plastic part of your Smoke Detector you will need to remove the working parts/wires/guts of the unit along with the battery. You can then recycle the plastic and batteries from your Smoke Detector unit. 

 

 

Steel Can Recycling Locations:
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Brady News & Recycling, Inc.
3240 Schuette Road
Midland, MI 48642
989-496-9900
Steel and Aluminum Cans and Aluminum Foil Products: Such as tuna, soup, vegetable cans, etc. They accept a wide variety of other metals, but please call ahead to verify acceptance.

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Steel cans (including aerosol), Metal, Aluminum (all sizes and types accepted)

Omnisource-Bay City
1414 North Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
989-895-5571
Aluminum, Steel Cans and other various scrap metal Recycling. 

The Rifkin Group
1445 North Niagara Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
989-752-7646
Ferrous Metals: Obsolete Material, Appliances & Sheet Metal, Car Bodies, Industrial Production Scrap, Mixed Steel w/ Tool Steel, SEG Steel. Non-Ferrous Metals: All Grades of Aluminum, Copper, Stainless Steel, Brass, Batteries, Lead, Carbide.

 

 

Riverview Auto & Recycling
987 Ellington St M-24
Caro, MI 48723-8922
989-673-3234

Recycle: Metal - steel, aluminum; Non-Ferrous Metal - copper and all types of Brass.

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle:  All types of metal (please rinse cans and remove labels)

Styrofoam Recycling
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Polystyrene foam (must be broken up and bagged)

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle:
#6 Styrofoam - Cups, Trays, Egg Cartons & Packing Peanuts

Televisions
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Goodwill
4011 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706-2406
(989) 671-1140

Great Lakes Bay Recycling
1603 Woodside
Bay City, MI
Phone: 989-798-1953
* Recycles TVs and all forms of E-Waste . . . if it plugs in, they'll recycle it!  

Mid-Michigan Waste
2204 Schauman Court
Bay City, MI 48706
989-895-5282 Office
989-509-5905 Fax
Computers, monitors, terminals, printed circuit boards, telephone equipment, cell phones, electronics and communications systems

Tires, Scrap
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Bay County Mosquito Control 
810 Livingston (located in the Bay County Fairgrounds)
Bay City, MI 48708
989-894-4555
Service:  Scrap Tire Drive. 

CM Rubber Technologies
4711 Pere Marquette
Coleman, MI 48618
Phone: 989-465-0200 
Service:  Year-round tire recycling facility 

Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Service:  Recycling Tires - There is a fee per/tire

Vinyl Siding
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.
Midland Volunteers for Recycling
located on East Ashman between Waldo and Rockwell roads
Midland, Michigan
Phone: 989-631-1668
Fax: 989-631-3025
Email:
midvolrec@yahoo.com
Recycle:  Vinyl Siding
 
Tuscola County Recycling
1123 Mertz Road
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 672-1673
Recycle: Vinyl Siding - No wood or nails

Waste from Businesses
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
MDNR - Bay City Office
503 North Euclid Avenue, Suite 1
Bay City, MI 48706
989-684-9141.

Waste from Farms
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Michigan Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, Michigan 48909
989-758-1778
Toll Free: 1-800-292-3939
E-Mail: 
mda-info@michigan.gov 

Wood/Pallets Waste
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Do-All, Inc.
1400 S. Lincoln Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 894.2851
Fax: (989) 894.4522
Standard cardboard, certain plastics and wooden pallets.

Yard Waste & Wood

Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions

Putt Inc./Salzburg Landscape Supplies
2610 Salzburg Road
Freeland, MI 48623
Phone#: 989-496-2335
Recycling yard accepts all forms of yard waste: wood chips, stumps, logs, branches, brush, wood chips, and Christmas Trees.
No building/construction wood scraps or pallets accepted.

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Donate  Old or Used Items
The following are orgainizations that accept donnations of old or used items to be reused, repurposed and/or sold.
Please check with each location for drop off dates, times and restrictions.

Cat's Meow
1465 Center Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 894-0712

Goodwill
4011 North Euclid Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706-2406
(989) 671-1140

Salvation Army
401 10th St
Bay City, MI 48708
989-893-3041

St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store
523 Michigan Avenue
Bay City, MI
(989) 893-5772

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Top 10 Reasons to Recycle
(from the National Recycling Coalition)


Good For Our Economy

American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.

Creates Jobs
Recycling in the U.S. is a $236 billion a year industry. More than 56,000 recycling and reuse enterprises employ 1.1 million workers nationwide.

Reduces Waste
The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into to landfills, where it's compacted and buried.

Good For The Environment
Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.

Saves Energy
Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. (Manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.)

Preserves Landfill Space
No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.

Prevents Global Warming
In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gases) into the air.

Reduces Water Pollution
Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.

Protects Wildlife
Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.

Creates New Demand
Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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