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 2015 event will take place on Saturday, May 30 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!

Download Informational flyer (PDF)

Pick-up for Seniors & Disabled
Curbside pick-up of recyclable items is available. Call the East Lansing Prime Time Seniors Program at (517) 337-1113 by May 27, 2015 to schedule a pick up. 

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 what items will be accepted at the event.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers needed! To volunteer, you can sign up online @ Volunteer Spot or by contacting Susan Schmidt at (517) 333-3587. All volunteers receive a t-shirt, food and beverages.

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

  • air conditioners (BWL offers $25 rebate; limit 2)
  • appliances (small)
  • batteries (all kinds)
  • bikes
  • books (especially children’s)
  • boxboard
  • cell phones
  • clothing (any condition)
  • corrugated cardboard
  • dehumidifiers (*** Freon removed for free)
  • electronics *
  • 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  
  • televisions
  • textiles
  • usable household goods (ie. toys, pictures, frames, lamps, etc)
  • vacuum cleaners (working)
  • washer & dryer
Special Notes
* Free Electronics Recycling - Computer systems and accessories, audio / video equipment, handheld devices and office equipment will be accepted.

** 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.

*** In addition, 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.