Curbside Recycling Program

The City of East Lansing offers single-stream curbside recycling to single-family homes, duplexes and small, multi-family homes with up to 20 units. There is no fee to recycle, however, recyclables must be placed in a City of East Lansing recycling cart.

New, 96-gallon recycling carts were provided to residents in the fall of 2015. The carts were provided to residents at no cost thanks to a $125,000 grant from The Recycling Partnership and matching funds from the City of East Lansing.

What Can I Recycle?
Curbside recycling is single stream, so there is no need to sort or bag items. A number of items can be recycled, including glass, plastic, paper, newspaper, boxboard, cardboard, cartons and much more. Learn about everything that can be recycled with the Curbside Recycling Guide (PDF).

Collection Schedule (Bi-Weekly)
The curbside recycling program takes place on a bi-weekly schedule, and refuse collection takes place on a weekly schedule. The recycling cart should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. and there is no need to sort or bag items since the program is single stream. Collection is divided into Green Week or Blue Week. View the collection schedule:

Additional Recycling Options

Additional recycling options are available, including drop-off recycling, Simple Recycling for clothing/textiles/household items and more.


Community members with questions about the City's curbside recycling programs can contact the East Lansing Department of Public Works at (517) 337-9459 or email Brad Phillips.