Emmet County Recycling Guide

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Your day-to-day recyclables are collected in two simple categories, as shown in the boxes below. But you can also recycle many less common items, so keep scrolling all the way to “Wood!”

Antifreeze

Antifreeze only

Where
Antifreeze is accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Hazardous Materials Recycling area. For the location and hours of the Center got to our "Where to Drop Off Recyclables" page.

 

Asphalt Shingles

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Asphalt Shingles Includes

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Tar Paper
  • Felt
  • Nails OK

 

But NO

  • Cedar Shake, Roll or Tile Shingles
  • Treated or finished wood
  • Plywood
  • Food Wrappers or bottles or residential garbage from the site
  • Glue or Sealant buckets
  • Hazardous materials

 

Details

  • $14/cubic yard fee
  • $24/cubic yard for disposal if load is co-mingled or contaminated
  • Have your load checked by the Attendant before unloading
  • Accepted for recycling April 1 through November 1. Outside the season, call 231-348-0640 to confirm availability of recycling. The hot mix asphalt plant we supply closes for the winter.
  • Accepted for disposal by the Waste Transfer Station year round.

 

Where
Asphalt shingles are accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Bulky Materials Recycling area.

 

 

Batteries

Battery Recycle Includes

  • Automobile Batteries
  • Household Batteries (including rechargeable) 
  • Other Batteries

But NO 
We've never come across a battery we can't recycle, but call ahead (348-0640) if you have something very unusual.

Details
Accepted FREE from households.
Businesses (including landlords), institutions and organizations, please call 231-348-0640 for fee information.

Where 
Batteries - both household and vehicle types - are accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Hazardous Materials Recycling area.

Household batteries can also be dropped off during business hours at the following retailers:

  • in Alanson at W.W. Fairbairn & Sons
  • in Harbor Springs at Meyer Ace Hardware and Preston Feather Building Center,
  • in Pellston at Cook's Hardware, and
  • in Petoskey at Meyer Ace Hardware and Radio Shack.

All kinds of household batteries are collected together in the same bucket or barrel.

 

Cans, Foil, and Foil Trays

Cans, Foil, and Foil Trays Includes

Steel/Tin Cans
Aluminum Cans
PLUS
Aluminum Foil
Foil Trays
Metal lids
All accepted together in the same drop-site bin. 

But NO 
No aerosol cans
No gas cylinders (propane, helium, oxygen, etc)
No paint cans
No propane tanks
No scrap metal
No wire hangers

Details

  • Please rinse items
  • Foil doesn't have to be perfectly clean, but shouldn't have pieces of food remaining on it.
  • Remove labels
  • Flatten as much as possible

Where 

SIMPLE SORT! Metal Cans, Foil and Trays go in the Containers category.

Accepted curbside or at ANY Emmet County Recycling Drop Sites in the Containers group.

 

Cardboard Plus

Cardboard Plus Includes

  • Corrugated cardboard
    PLUS
  • Boxboard (for example cereal boxes, the tubes from rolls of paper towels, and boxes medicines come in).
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Greeting Cards (but not with glitter or metallic inks or foils)
  • All accepted together in the same drop-site bin.
  • Cardboard frozen and refrigerated food boxes

But NO

  • No construction paper
  • No padded envelopes
  • No plastic bags Recycle them with Plastic Grocery and Bread Bags. See section below
  • No Styrofoam

Details

  • Flatten the boxes
  • Remove plastic bags, Styrofoam and other packing materials
  • It works well to stuff smaller boxboard into larger boxes (for example into a large cereal box) then recycle the whole thing when it's full.
  • Both gray and white boxboard are okay.
  • Glossy printing on the boxes is not a problem.
  • You don't have to remove tape or staples.

Where
SIMPLE SORT! Small Cardboard, Boxboard and Brown Paper Bags, go in the Paper, Boxes and Bags category.

Cardboard is now accepted at all Emmet County Recycling Drop-Sites.
Small cardboard (small enough to fit in a brown paper bag) can go in the Containers bin. Otherwise please use the Large Cardboard bin.

You can avoid the difficulty of loading very large cardboard into drop-site bins by taking it to the Drop-off Center. Ask the attendant to point out the cardboard tipping area.

Curbside Notes:
Our curbside trucks are designed to collect day-to-day quantities of cardboard from households--roughly a grocery bag full per home per week. Please observe the following limits:

  • Size: To be accepted curbside, cardboard must be small enough to fit entirely in a brown paper grocery bag. Larger boxes are accepted at the drop sites listed below and at the Drop-off Center*.
  • Quantity: Businesses and institutions which regularly generate larger quantities of cardboard can recycle it either at the drop-sites listed below, at the Drop-off Center*, or by setting up collection service through any of the waste haulers serving Emmet County (specify separate collection for recycling). Call (231) 348-0640 for our brochure on cardboard recycling for businesses.

 

Clothing and Textiles

Clothing and Textiles Includes

  • Clothing
  • Bedding
  • Accepted together in the same bin.

But NO
No fabric scraps
No insulated coats
No rags

Details 

  • Clothing and bedding should be clean, dry, and in plastic bags.
  • Please do not remove buttons or zippers.

Where 
Bins for recycling Clothing and Textiles are located a the County Drop-off Center

 

Electronics (also see Appliances, Small)

Electronics Include

  • CDs and DVDs and their cases
  • Computers
  • Computer peripherals (monitors, printers, key boards, mice, etc.)
  • Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
  • Telephones and their accessories (fax machines, answering machines, etc.)
  • TVs and their accessories (VCR's, DVD players, video games consoles, etc.)
  • Copiers
  • Small electronic items and loose parts can be collected in a box together.

 

But NO 
Small appliances with minor electronic components (for example coffee makers). See Appliances, Small

 

Details  

Electronics from households are accepted for recycling for FREE*!
Businesses, institutions and organizations with more than seven items, please call 231- 348-0640 before bringing your equipment out.

*Monitors and Television Sets:

  • Households may bring up to seven per day for free.
     
  • Businesses and institutions with over 10 employees are charged $5 each for TVs and monitors. 

 

The Backstory 
Emmet County’s FREE electronics recycling is the result of Michigan’s Electronic Waste Take Back Program. This is an Extended Producer Responsibility policy enacted in 2008. Also called “Product Stewardship” or “Manufacturer Take Back” policies, these tools are used to free tax- and rate- payers from the burden of paying for disposal of hazardous products.

They do this by giving manufacturers responsibility for disposal of certain hazardous products—like electronics. Though they generally don’t literally “take back” the used products themselves, the manufacturers pay for the recycling or disposal of their products which, in turn, it is hoped creates an incentive to make the products less hazardous and more easily recyclable. 

Recycle Electronics Right with Emmet County!
As with all your recyclables, you can count on Emmet County Recycling to recycle your electronics right! When you drop off your unwanted electronics at Emmet County Recycling, they are handled by electronics recyclers who use environmentally and ethically sound systems as defined by the e-Steward (www.BAN.org) and/or 
R2 (http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/materials/ecycling/r2practices.htm) standards.
 
This means no irresponsible shipments overseas, no dumping or release of toxics to the environment, and no misuse of the equipment. Data is thoroughly erased if needed and equipment which is not fully reusable is deconstructed in the United States. Component parts or materials are bulked for shipment to industry for reuse or recycling into new products.

If you are considering recycling electronics through other systems, ask to see proof of their e-Steward and/or R2 certifications.

Where 
Electronics are accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Hazardous Materials Recycling area.

 

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling Includes

Fluorescent Light Bulbs (technically called "lamps") only

But NO

  • Halogen light bulbs
  • Incandescent light bulbs (the ordinary household kind)

Details

  • Fluorescent light bulbs are accepted for recycling because they contain mercury (a very potent neurotoxin and environmental pollutant).
  • Avoid breaking the bulbs. The mercury inside the tube can escape when the bulb is broken.
  • Accepted FREE from households. Businesses (including landlords), institutions and organizations please call 348-0640 for rate and packing information.

Where
Fluorescent bulbs are accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Hazardous Materials Recycling area.

 

Glass Bottles and Jars

Glass Bottles and Jars Includes

  • Blue glass bottles and jars
  • Brown glass bottles and jars
  • Clear glass bottles and jars
  • Green glass bottles and jars
  • Red glass bottles and jars

NOW! Accepted in the Containers group both curbside and at all Emmet County Recycling Drop-off Sites.

But NO

  • No drinking glasses
  • No glass dishes
  • No glass pots or pans
  • No light bulbs (Fluorescent Light Bulbs are recyclable but not with glass)
  • No window glass

Details

  • Please rinse them
  • Sort by color
  • Blue glass can be recycled with green

Where
SIMPLE SORT! Glass Bottles and Jars go in the Containers category.

Accepted curbside or at ANY Emmet County Recycling Drop Site (click for locations and hours of our 12 Drop Sites) in the Containers group.

 

Juice Boxes, Milk Cartons, and Paper Cups

Juice Boxes, Milk Cartons, and Paper Cups Includes
Aspetic beverage cartons: for example juices boxes, soup, and broth boxes, Milk-type cartons. Some juice also comes packaged in these Paper ice cream cartons.

NOW! Accepted in the Containers group both curbside and at all Emmet County Recycling Drop-off Sites.

But NO

  • Juice pouches
  • Styrofoam

Details
Please rinse and flatten

Where
SURPRISE! Cartons go in the Containers category

Accepted curbside or at ANY Emmet County Recycling Drop Site (click for locations and hours of our 12 Drop sites) in the Containers group.

 

Large Appliances

Large Appliances Includes

Metal appliances, for example stoves, water heaters, washers, and refrigerators

But NO
Largely plastic items

Details

  • Have your load checked by the Attendant before unloading.
  • There is a $5 per item handling fee for large appliances (for example stoves, washers refrigerators, water heaters)
  • Refrigerators and freezers must have the refrigerant ("freon") removed by a licensed individual. We can provide this service for an additional $25. See the Scrap Metal section if you have an air conditioner or dehumidifier to recycle.

Where 
Large appliances are accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Bulky Materials Recycling area.

 

Latex Paint

Emmet County held three latex paint recycling events in 2013. For more information visit our Latex Paint Recycling page.

 

The paint collected at these events is recycled in Battle Creek. The resulting high quality new paint is sold at Habitat for Humanity Restores, including the Harbor Springs location on M-119!

 

 

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Mattresses Plus

Mattresses Plus Includes
Mattresses
Box Springs
Futons

But NO
Wet mattresses

Details
Twin/Single $8 per piece (compare to $11 to landfill--SAVE over 25%)
Full/Double/Queen/King $12 per piece (compare to $22 to landfill--SAVE 45%)
Sheets, blankets, and other bedding can be recycled with the Clothing.

Where
At the Drop-off Center, ask the Gatehouse Attendant where to unload.

 

Motor Oil Plus

Motor Oil Plus Includes

  • Motor Oil
    PLUS
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Fuel Oil
  • Hydraulic Fluid
  • Lube Oils
  • All collected together in one tank.

NOW Collecting Oil Filters, too: look for the cart by the oil tank!
Please drain as much oil as possible from them before putting them in the cart.

But NO

  • No antifreeze (see Antifreeze category)
  • No gasoline
  • No water

Details 
We store motor oil in a tank so you can take your container home to use again. There is a cart for oil filters near the oil tank.

Where 
Motor oil and oil filters are accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Hazardous Materials Recycling area. There is a cart for oil filters adjacent to the oil tank.

 

Newspaper Plus

Newspaper Plus Includes

  • Newspapers 
    PLUS
  • Magazines and Catalogs
  • Books, and
  • Phone Books
  • Wrapping Paper (but not if it has metallic inks or foils)
    Accepted in the Paper, Boxes and Bags category

But NO

  • No newspapers which have gotten wet
  • No yellowed newspapers 

Details

  • If you have more than a dozen books, please bring them to the Recycling Center and give them to the attendant at the Transfer Station Drive Through.

Where 
SIMPLE SORT! Newspapers, Magazines, and Books go in the Paper, Boxes and Bags category 

Accepted curbside or at ANY Emmet County Recycling Drop Site (click for locations and hours of our 12 Drop Sites)

 

Office Paper Plus

Office Paper Plus Includes

  • Office Paper (copier, computer printer, letterhead)
  • PLUS
  • Junk Mail
  • Envelopes
  • File Folders
  • All accepted together in the same drop-site bin.

But NO

  • No padded envelopes

Details

  • If junk mail feels like it has a CD, credit card, or other non-paper items in the envelope, please open it and remove these before recycling it.
  • Envelopes with plastic windows are okay: there's no need to remove the plastic.
  • There's no need to remove the following: mailing labels, paper clips, staples, stickers, sticky notes, tape.

Where
SIMPLE SORT! Office Paper, Envelopes and File Folders go in the Paper, Boxes and Bags category.

Office Paper is accepted curbside and at all Emmet County Recycling Drop Sites in the Paper, Boxes and Bags bin.

 

NEW ! Plant Plastics

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

Plant Plastics Include

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

 

Details

  • Tap out the dirt please
  • Stack like containers with like to take up less room
  • Ask the gatehouse attendant where to put them.
  • Recycled into new pots, packs and flats by East Jordan Plastics.

 

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

 

Plastic Containers

Includes

Nearly all plastic containers under 2.5 gallons capacity. No need to check the number!

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

For Example: #1 Plastic Bottles and Jars; #1 Plastic Clamshells and Trays; #2 Plastic Bottles and Jugs; #2 Plastic Tubs; #6 Plastic Trays (clear, not styrofoam); Buckets, ice cream;

 

But NO

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

 

Not With These, but Recyclable

  • No plastic bags with the containers, however they are recyclable in the Paper, Boxes and Bags bin
  • No plant plastics (cell packs, trays, pots, hanging baskets) at the Drop Sites or Curbside, however they are recyclable at our Drop-off Center on Pleasantview Road from April 1-November 1 annually.

 

Details

  • NEW! Lids can be recycled. Please put small ones (for example from water bottles or milk jugs) back on their bottle or jug.
  • Rinse and flatten
  • There's no need to remove labels

 

Where

Plastic Containers go in the Containers category

Accepted curbside or at ANY Emmet County Recycling Drop Site in the Containers group

 

Plastic Grocery and Bread Bags

Plastic Grocery and Bread Bags Include

  • Grocery Bags
  • Bread Bags
  • Other stretchy plastic bags
  • Bundling wrap, for example that used to bundle rolls of toilet paper and cases of water bottles
  • Food Storage Bags
  • Tyvek and plastic mail-order envelopes

NOW! Accepted in the Paper, Boxes and Bags group both curbside and at all Emmet County Recycling Drop-off Sites

 

But NO

  • Cereal Box Liners
  • Cling Wrap (like Saran Wrap and that used to wrap meat)
  • Potato Chip-type bags (crunchy, rips before stretching, metallic lining)
  • No biodegradable or corn-based plastics

 

Details
Bags for recycling must be:

  • Stretchy
  • Clean
  • Dry

Help the sort crew: PLEASE BAG YOUR BAGS!

 

Where
SURPRISE!
 Plastic Grocery and Bread Bags go in the Paper, Boxes and Bags category.

Accepted curbside or at ANY Emmet County Recycling Drop Site (click for locations and hours of our 12 Drop sites) in the Containers group.

 

Rubble

Rubble Includes

  • Asphalt
  • Bricks
  • Ceramic dishware, tile planters
  • Cinderblocks
  • Clay Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Concrete Block
  • Fireplace brick
  • Glass blocks
  • Granite
  • Limestone tile
  • Marble
  • Masonry debris
  • Mortar material
  • Porcelain sinks, tubs and toilets
  • Rocks
  • Slate
  • Stones
  • Terracotta planters and pots
  • Accepted together in the same bin.

But NO

  • Asbestos
  • Drywall
  • Durarock
  • Fiber-rock
  • Hardibacker
  • Rubble painted with lead paint
  • Sheetrock
  • Wood
  • Window pane glass

Details

  • $12/cubic yard fee
  • Have your load checked by the Attendant before unloading.
  • Rebar and wire mesh are okay.
  • Please remove seats, faucets, etc. from plumbing fixtures

Where
Rubble is accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Bulky Materials Recycling area.

 

Scrap Metal

Scrap Metal Includes

  • All kinds of stuff made from metal, for example shelving, grills, lawnmowers, pipes, hangers, ducts, tins, bikes, radiators, lawn furniture.
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Cast Iron
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Other metals
     
  •  

But NO

  • No vehicle gas tanks
  • Hazardous metals. If you have lead or mercury call 231-348-0660 for information on recycling or disposing of these.

 

Details

  • Please drain any fluids from items before dropping them off for recycling (for example gas and oil from a lawn mower). To dispose of the fluids contact our Household Chemical Drop-off program at 231-348-0660.
  • To recycle an air conditioner or dehumidifier, the refrigerant must first be removed by a licensed individual. We can provide this service for $25. (For refrigerators and freezers see the Large Appliances section.
  • Have your load checked by the Transfer Station Attendant before unloading.

 

Where 
Scrap Metal is accepted at the Drop-Off Center in the Bulky Materials Recycling area.

 

 

Shoes and Work Boots

Shoes and Work Boots Includes

  • Shoes
  • Hiking Boots
  • Light Boots
  • Work Boots
    Accepted together in the same cart.

But NO

  • No clogs
  • No high heels (over two inches)
  • No jelly shoes
  • No skates (iced, in-line, or roller)
  • No ski boots
  • No slippers
  • No water shoes
  • No winter boots

Details

  • It's okay if they're just in fair condition.
  • Keep each pair together with a rubber band.

Where 
Bins for recycling Shoes and Work Boots are located at the Drop-off Center

 

Small Appliances (also see Electronics)

Small Appliances (also see Electronics)

Includes
Small appliances primarily made of METAL. These go in the Scrap Metal bin at the Drop-off Center.
Small appliances primarily made of PLASTIC. These are collected in the Electronics Shed at the Drop-off Center.

But NO
Please throw away replaceable, removable parts not made of plastic or metal, for example vacuum cleaner bags, vaporizer wicks, coffee-maker carafes, and microwaves turntables.

Details 

  • Televisions, computers, telephones and all the accessories that attach to them (DVD players, video games, printers, monitors, fax machines, etc.) contain more hazardous materials and are recycled separately. See "Electronics" section of this page.

  • There is NO CHARGE to recycle small appliances, except...
    • Air conditioners, dehumidifiers and small refrigerators and freezers contain refrigerant. The refrigerant (often called "freon") must be removed by a licensed individual. We can provide this service for $25.

Where
At the Drop-off Center Only

 

Tires

Tires Includes

Car, truck, SUV, semi, and agricultural tires.

But NO

  • Airplane tires
  • Earth-mover tires
  • Off-road tires
  • Skid-steer tires
  • Tires over 10-ply

Details

  • Bicycle 4/$2.50
  • Car and light truck tires $2.50 each
  • Semi tires $7.00 each.
  • Agricultural tires (i.e. tractor tires) $25.00 each
  • Have your load checked by the Attendant before unloading.
  •  

Tires
Tires are accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Bulky Materials Recycling area.

 

FREE Tire Drop-off Grant

How:

  • Under a grant from the Michigan DEQ
  • Until we receive 10,000 tires (then regular prices will apply)
  • No more than 7 tires per load.  Call us at 231-348-0640 if you plan to bring multiple loads.

 

What:

  • Tires from households
    (tires from businesses will not be accepted free)
  • Tires 4 feet in diameter or less and 12 inches wide or less

 

Where:

The Emmet County Drop-off Center
7363 Pleasantview Road
Harbor Springs
 

When:

Through July 15, 2014
During all regular business hours:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays
  • 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays


If we don't use up the grant in June, an additional event may be scheduled in August.
 

Questions?  Call 231-348-0640

 

 

Wood

Wood Includes

  • Scrap Lumber
  • Pallets
  • Accepted together in the same bin.

But NO

  • Treated Wood
  • Plywood
  • Particle Board
  • Painted Wood
  • Finished Wood (stain, varnish, shellac, deck stain, etc.)
  • Furniture

Details

  • $12/cubic yard fee
  • Nails are okay.

Where 
Wood is accepted at the Drop-off Center in the Bulky Materials Recycling area.