Recycling Collection

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The City of East Lansing offers curbside and drop-off recycling to East Lansing residents. 

East Lansing residents can use the Recycle Coach app below to stay organized with curbside collection calendars/reminders and a comprehensive "What Goes Where?" search tool. The Recycle Coach app can also be downloaded to mobile devices from the App Store or Google Play

Find additional information about East Lansing's curbside and drop-off recycling services at the bottom of this webpage.


What can I recycle?
  • Curbside Recycling Guide (PDF) - Learn what can be recycled and how to prepare it. Curbside recycling is single stream, so there is no need to bag or sort items. 
  • Drop-Off Recycling Guide - Learn what is accepted at the City's 24/7 drop-off recycling site.
  • Recycling Contamination - Learn how to avoid contaminating the recycling stream with proper preparation and inclusion of recyclable items.
Where do I recycle?
  • 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.
  • Residents can drop off recyclable items at the City's 24/7 drop-off recycling site, located at the East Lansing Department of Public Works, 1800 E. State Road.
When can I recycle?
  • Curbside recycling collection takes place on a bi-weekly (every other week) schedule for each address.
  • 2022 Bi-Weekly Curbside Recycling Schedule & Map (PDF) - Learn when curbside recycling collection is offered where you live.
  • The City's drop-off site at 1800 E. State Road is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Holiday Collection Schedule - Learn about changes to the curbside collection schedule due to holidays.

How do I recycle?


  • Curbside recycling should be placed at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on collection day, but no earlier than 8 p.m. the night before.
  • There is no need to sort or bag curbside items as it is a single-stream program.
  • New Recycling Cart Purchases - Order a new or replacement curbside recycling cart. 
  • Recycling Contamination - Learn how to avoid contaminating the recycling stream with proper preparation and inclusion of recyclable items. 

Recycling Events and Special Collections


Questions?


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