Hard to Recycle Loads
Recycle Livingston cannot always accept extremely large or unusual loads of material. Certain types of plastic, foam, and glass are not recyclable. Please fill out the form and give it to the Executive Director along with a sample of the materials. The Executive Director will contact the vendor for approval. View Hard To Recycle Instructions for detailed information.
Keep it Clean and Separated!
Please properly prepare and separate each of the following materials before you bring them to the center. Remain in your vehicle. Unloaders will inspect and unload your recyclables as quickly as possible. We ask recyclers who are non members for a $3.00 donation per vehicle.
- American Flags
Volunteers take these to the American Legion Hall for proper retirement.
Phone books and newsprint books go in newspaper. Hand phone books to volunteer and they will place them in the compactor. Keep papers clean and dry. Newspaper is not glossy.
- Mixed Paper/Junk Mail/Magazines
Includes colored and white copy paper, typing, computer, white bond letterhead, ditto paper, memo paper, children's lined writing paper, junk mail, envelopes, soft-cover books, hard-cover books, magazines and other lower grades of paper. You do not need to remove the plastic windows from envelopes. No metallic-colored gift wrap. Magazines made of newsprint should be put in with newspapers. Please hand books separately to greeter.
- Corrugated Cardboard and Boxboard
Includes all cardboard that is constructed with corrugated grooves, cereal and kleenex boxes, gift boxes, pop & beer containers, etc. Remove the inner plastic sleeves from cereal and Kleenex boxes. Flatten. We do not accept frozen or nonfrozen food, juice, and milk containers. No refrigerated food container such as milk, oleo, ice cream or frozen food cartons. Please size cardboard in pieces no bigger than 28' X 55" in order to accommodate our equipment.
- Telephone and Other Books
Telephone books go into the newspaper compactor. Other books, unless they are made of newsprint, go into the mixed paper compactor.
We accept clear and brown glass. Wash glass bottles and jars. Kitchen glasses are acceptable but must not be leaded glass. Remove all caps. You do not have to remove paper labels. No window, auto, perfume bottles, or Pyrex glass. Good news!, We are taking colored glass again!!! Glass Recyclers, our glass recycling vendor, is working on a new process for colored glass and has agreed to resume accepting this material from Recycle Livingston.
Tin cans, jar lids, metal scrap, and aluminum. Wash, remove the labels, and flatten cans. Separate aluminum from other metals. Volunteers will take metal to the green sorting table. Separate aluminum from tin. Separate copper and brass and give to site manager.
- Polystyrene Foam
Includes meat trays, foam cups, clam shells. Please rinse them clean. Bundle large amounts in clear plastic bags for easy handling. We cannot accept styrofoam packaging peanuts. Please take these to any UPS shipping outlet for reuse. Only #6 Polystyrene.
#6 Polystyrene Foam: Dart Container of Mason continues this program for us and provides all transportation free of charge. Please bring in your standard Styrofoam and not the other unusual foam types. Sometimes polystyrene does not have #6 stamped on the bottom but it should look familiar to you. Please don’t bring in packing peanuts but call your nearest UPS Store or give them to someone who sells products online. Please don’t bring in the embossed Styrofoam cups from fast food vendors. Dart Container can’t remove these designs from the foam. Although other foam types may contain a recycling number, there is still not much of a market for them.
All plastics except polystyrene (Styrofoam) can now be combined.
We accept any plastic object marked #1 through #7. Wash thoroughly and crush flat. Can leave the labels on. No hazardous containers such as motor oil, antifreeze, or pool acids. Please put #6 Styrofoam in a separate bag. No fast food lids or straws
#2 Translucent (HDPE) containers: example: milk jugs, water, distilled or spring water, Dawn dishwashing liquid
#1 through #7 plastics:
- #1 clear soda bottles, water and juice bottles
- #2 liquid detergent, shampoo, fabric softener, bleach bottles. You can include the lids.
- #3 PVC pipes
- #4 squeezable honey and mustard bottles, toys
- #5 butter tubs, medicine bottles, caps
- #6 CD cases, polystyrene foam *** Pack foam in a separate bag for the foam trailer ***
- #7 some catsup bottles, iced tea or juice bottles.
We accept clean, dry, plastic bags (#2 and #4) from grocery stores and retailers. Black bags are okay.
We accept the plastic 6 or 8-pack rings from beverages container packs.
We accept plastic water softener bags and feed bags
We accept vinyl siding, sized 3ft and smaller, sorted from other plastics. Large amounts can be taken to Siding World, 195 S. Alloy Drive, Fenton (810)714-9300, where there is a Fryman's Recycling dumpster for sorted, clean vinyl siding only.We accept only regular vinyl siding all colors. We do not accept plastic lumber, plastic lattice, or mini-blinds.
We accept Beverage Can Ring (plastic), Black flower pots/nursery trays, Boat Tarps/Woven Plastic Bags, Bubble Wrap
#1 through #7 Plastic: We accept all plastic marked #1 through #7 combined. Please rinse. Please separate the #6 polystyrene for the foam trailer. Most plastic shopping and clean garbage bags are recyclable. We also accept 6-8 pack beverage rings. We do not accept hazardous waste such as motor oil or antifreeze. Always remove any metal pieces from the plastic. Infant car seats need to have cushions and straps removed. We do not accept vinyl stacking chairs, dish racks, inflatable plastic toys, vinyl records, garden hoses, or other similar Rubbermaid products. Although motor oil containers have a recycling number, they are not recyclable because small traces of motor oil will interfere with the plastic recycling. Recyclers must cut them open, scrub them completely, and remove all traces of motor oil before recycling them. Fiberglass water tanks are not plastic. Hard plastic computer cases or housings should go with the electronics recycling.
- Printer Cartridges
We recycle computer ink jet and laser cartridges. Please keep them separate from other recyclables and bring them directly to the recycling site.
In conjunction with Livingston County, we can collect all sizes of household batteries, lithium, or hearing aid batteries. No car batteries.
- Video Tapes
We currently allow one box of videotapes per household at no additional charge. A box is defined as one foot x two feet.
We only accept the wooden corks from the cork trees. We will take them to Whole Foods in Ann Arbor where they are recycled into crate materials.
- Electronics Recycling
Recycle Livingston accepts a wide range of electronics for recycling. Please be careful not to bring broken TV screens or monitors for recycling. Recycle Livingston is not responsible for data. We do indeed accept items containing freon such as refrigerators and air conditioners from members. There is a $9 fee plus a $3 gate fee for nonmembers to recycle freon-containing units ($12 total). If you have any questions, please give us a call. Additional Costs for TV's and Monitors, Up to 17" $10 (member)/$15 (non-member), 19"-42" $20/$30 and Over 42" and Consoles $30/$45. All other Electronics are recycled for free with a membership or with a $3 gate fee for nonmembers.
We accept all cell phones & cell phone accessories, christmas lights
- Boat Covers
Many people who have a boat need to find a place to recycle their plastic shrink wrap boat covers. Recycle Livingston accepts dry boat covers. Please call or email the office if you will have a large load, and they will make handling arrangements: 1-517-548-4439 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will take your broken or used eyeglasses to the Lions Club drop off stations.
- Juice Packs
We accept Capri Sun and similar juice pack pouches without the straws and Method soap pouches for Terracycle. Caprisun and Kool Aid are common brands. Please give these to the greeter.
- Shoes and Boots of Many Types
International Trading Solutions sends our shoes to other countries where they are sold in open markets. They need shoes for walking long distances and for working. They also accept golf shoes and ice skates. Please do not bring flip flops, slippers, high heels, or torn up shoes. They must be wearable.
- Rigid plastics with no recycling symbol
- Car batteries
- Containers that can be pressurized
- Metallic-colored gift wrapping paper
- Tissue paper
You can contact the Livingston County Solid Waste Program for instructions on how to dispose of some of these items.