Thursday, July 18, 2019

Acceptable Materials Guide

Recycling Guide flyerThe Isabella County Recycling Center / Material Recovery Center accepts the newspaper, cardboard, office paper, metals, glass, plastic, automotive, yard waste, tires, styrofoam, and books for drop off at the Recycling Center located at 4208 E. River Road in Mt. Pleasant.

If you have materials to bring for recycling please read the page associated with the materials you would like to bring to be sure they meet the Acceptable Materials guidelines.

If you need assistance please contact the Recycling Center during regular business hours at (989) 773-9631.




Acceptable Items:

  • Newsprint including glossy inserts
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Phonebooks, soft covered books

Did you know?

  • On average 100 pounds of newspaper is generated per person per year
  • 28% of the fiber in newspapers is from old newspaper


Acceptable Items:

  • Cardboard
  • Boxboard
  • Brown paper bag


Cereal, crackers, pasta, toothpaste boxes, and shipping boxes

Special note: No wax coated produce boxes, pizza boxes, or refrigerated/frozen food boxes

  • Recycled cardboard only takes 75% of the energy needed to make new cardboard and lessens the emission of sulfur dioxide that is produced when making pulp from trees.

  • Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space and 46 gallons of oil.

Office Paper

Acceptable Items:

  • White and color paper
  • Shredded paper

Examples: Mail, office and school papers, envelopes, sticky notes, and card stock.
File folders and note books.
Special note: Remove envelope windows. No need to remove tape, staples, or metal spirals.

  • Each year in the U.S. we throw away enough office paper to build a wall 12 feet high from Los Angeles to New York

  • Recycling 1 ton of office paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water 


Acceptable Items:

  • Tin
  • Aluminum



Canned food containers, aluminum beverage cans, aluminum foil and pie plates, aerosol cans.

Acceptable Items:

  • Scrap Metal


Ferrous and Non-ferrous metals including lawn furniture, hangers, pots and pans, shelving, and wire.

Special note: All scrap metal must be dropped off at the Recycling Center. Scrap metal is not recycled curbside or at the depot locations. Most appliances can be recycled (Freon must be removed). Please call prior to drop-off to ensure the item will be accepted.

  • Energy saved from recycling on ton of aluminum is equal to the amount of electricity the average home uses over 10 years

  • Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74% of the energy used to produce them


Acceptable Items:

  • Brown and clear glass bottles and jars

Special note: No need to remove labels, rinse lightly. No plate or window glass, no other colors, no Pyrex®.  

  • A recycled glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days.

  • Glass can be recycled forever and glass containers are made up of as much as 70% recycled glass.


Acceptable Items:

  • Plastic bottles and jugs with a neck

Examples: Soda bottles, milk and water jugs, laundry and shampoo bottles

Special note: Throw away caps, lids, pumps, and rings. Rinse lightly and flatten. No need to remove labels. No plastic bags, plastic tub (margarine and yogurt) containers, 5-gallon buckets, or oil/antifreeze bottles.

  • plastic200We recycle #1 and #2 plastics only. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE #1) and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE #2) are highly recyclable and are made into fleece jackets, food containers, and plastic lumber.

  • Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 160 gallons of petroleum.

Recycling Plastics: What you need to know




Acceptable Items: 

  • Motor oil (25¢ per gallon)
  • Antifreeze (25¢ per gallon)
  • Oil filters (25¢ each)

Special note: Items can be recycled at the Recycling Center. Cannot be accepted curbside or at depot locations.  

  • Just 1 gallon of motor oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of freshwater.
  • Oil can be reused and recycled through reconditioning, reprocessing, and re-refining.  

Yard Waste

Acceptable Items: 

  • Out of County Residents: $2
  • Brush: $12 per cubic yard
               $6 per 1/2 Yard
               $3 per 1/4 Yard
               $1per 33 Gallon Bag
  • Leaves and grass: $1 per 33 gallon bag
  • X-mas Trees: 7' or less $3; 7' or more starts to increase by $3.

Special note: All yard waste bags must be emptied; take plastic bags with you, brown paper bags may be recycled in the cardboard bin. Items can be recycled at the Recycling Center. Cannot be accepted curbside or at depot locations.

  • Yard waste can be composted at home along with food scraps to produce a natural soil amendment.
  • Grasscycling, leaving the clipping on the lawn, reduces the lawn’s water loss and need for fertilizer.


Acceptable Items: 

  • Car, truck, semi, gravel, and agricultural tires

Special note: Pay applicable fee at front desk, unload material in specified area

  • Car & light truck.........$4 off rim / $5 on rim
  • Semi-truck..................$8 off rim / $9 on rim
  • Gravel.......................$21 off rim / $22 on rim
  • Agricultural................$25 off rim / $26 on rim


  • Recycled tires can be used to make rubberized asphalt or maintain landscapes through erosion control.
  • Tire stockpiles can contribute to the spread of disease by providing an ideal breeding environment for mosquitoes.


Acceptable Items:  

  • Foam food cups, plate, and tray
  • Formed and molded shapes  

Special note: Drop-off item only, cannot be recycled curbside. No packaging peanuts or insulation foam.  

  • Styrofoam is the trademark name for plastic #6 polystyrene.
  • Styrofoam is 98% air.


Acceptable Items: 

  • Hard cover and soft cover books
  • Phone books 
  • Try donating your used books to local organizations or trading them for other books with your friends.