Recycle! East Lansing

Recycle! East Lansing, a community recycling event, provides East Lansing residents with a one-stop spot to recycle all of those not-so-easy-to-recycle items and to donate common household items. The 2016 event will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Abbott Center, 1400-1500 Abbot Road. *East Lansing residents must bring proof of residency to the event. Rain or shine!

Fees Required for Some Electronics this Year


Due to rising costs for recycling electronics, there will be a fee this year ($20 each) for recycling television and computer monitors. Cash or check only. All other electronics will be accepted at no charge.

Curbside Collection for Seniors & Disabled
Curbside collection of recyclable items is available on the day of the event for seniors and disabled individuals. Call the East Lansing Prime Time Seniors' Program at (517) 337-1113 by Wednesday, June 1 to schedule a collection.

BWL Rebate for Working Room Air Conditioners
BWL residential electric customers that recycle a working room air conditioner or dehumidifier will receive a $25 rebate. Limit two each per household.

Clothing, Textiles, Furniture and Household Goods Collection
Please visit Volunteers of America and Simple Recycling to learn more about what clothing/textiles, furniture and household items will be accepted at the event.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers needed! To volunteer, contact Sarah Plantrich at (517) 337-9459 or by email. Volunteers can also sign up on VolunteerSpot (click below). All volunteers receive a t-shirt, food and beverages.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

  1. Items Accepted
  2. Items Accepted But Require Fee
  3. Items Not Accepted

  • air conditioners (***BWL offers $25 rebate; limit 2)
  • appliances (small)
  • automotive batteries
  • bikes
  • books (especially children’s)
  • boxboard
  • cell phones
  • clothing (any condition)
  • corrugated cardboard
  • dehumidifiers (***Freon removed for free)
  • electronics (*fees will be required for some electronics, see info below)
  • eye glasses
  • freezers (Freon removed for free)
  • furniture (usable)
  • household items (utensils)
  • lawn mowers
  • medications / prescriptions **
  • plastics (#1-#7)
  • Polystyrene (no packing peanuts)
  • pillows / blankets
  • refrigerators (Freon removed for free)
  • scrap metal
  • shoes
  • stoves  
  • textiles
  • usable household goods (ie. toys, pictures, frames, lamps, etc)
  • vacuum cleaners (working)
  • washer & dryer
Special Notes
* Electronics Recycling - Computer accessories, audio / video equipment, handheld devices and office equipment will be accepted free of charge. Due to rising costs for recycling electronics, there will be a fee this year ($20 each) for recycling television and computer monitors.

** Medications and Prescriptions - Community members can properly dispose of prescription or over-the-counter medicine. Vitamins & minerals will not be accepted. Medications from businesses such as doctors office, dental clinic and nursing homes cannot be accepted. Please black out any personal information.

*** Room air conditioners and dehumidifiers (which contain Freon) can be dropped off for recycling for free this year thanks to a donation from the Lansing Board of Water & Light.