Manitowoc County

Recycling Center


3000 Basswood Rd. Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: (920) 683-4333





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Mission Statement: To provide materials recycling and recovery services to the citizens of Manitowoc County and to keep the public informed about recycling issues.



Welcome to the Manitowoc County Recycling Center Website.  The Recycling Center is also known as a Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Material recycling and waste reduction services are provided to the Citizens of Manitowoc County. Many commonly recycled materials are accepted on a year round basis and a variety of special collection and education programs are offered to better serve the community.  The Basswood and Woodland Compost sites are operated through the MRF.  We provide educational outreach to promote the important role that recycling and materials recovery has for now and the future. The MRF is operated in partnership with Holiday House of Manitowoc, Inc. serving people with disabilities since 1957.


Spring 2015 Issue

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Beginning April 1st, 2015 the Recycling Center and Compost Sites will change hours.

Main Office will be open on Saturdays from 8am to Noon. 

The Basswood Road Compost Site will be open Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. 

The Woodland Drive Compost Site will be open Monday-Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Wood mulch and compost products are available for a fee at the main office.  Deliveries can be arranged at the main office or by calling 683-4333.  Loading is generally available for small loads with trailers or open truck beds M-F from 7:30 to 3:30 only.  Our pricing has changed for 2015, please view the Compost Flyer or call the Manitowoc County Recycling Center at 920-683-4333 for questions.

Curbside Recycling Guidelines

These guidelines are for curbside recycling picked up by your contracted hauler.  Be sure to contact your hauler for specific guidelines or curbside pickup of questionable items.  It is recommend to place plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans together in a brown paper bag inside your recycling bin to keep them separate from the cardboard and paper recyclables.  That way the paper bag can be recycled once it is emptied.

Plastic #1 and #2 Bottles - Bottles only; check for a neck.  Rinse and flatten. Remove the caps and rings when possible. No tub or pail shaped containers or bottles that contained oil or pesticide.  No plastic wraps, films, bags, trays, pails, packaging peanuts, Styrofoam, or any other non bottle shaped item. Please do not tie milk jugs together or tie in plastic bags.

- Food and beverage cartons including shelf stable and refrigerated cartons for wine, milk, juice, cream, soup and egg substitutes.  Cartons should be emptied, flattened and placed in with the plastic bottles.
Glass Bottles- Any color glass bottle or jar can be recycled.  No lids, caps or rings. Rinse out and remove labels if easy to do so. No window glass, light bulbs, clay, ceramics, drinking glasses or ovenware.
Cans - Tin, steel, bi-metal, and aluminum. Coated cans, foil and pie tins are ok. Remove labels if possible. Clean well and flatten.
Cardboard - Should be clean and dry, flattened and boxed, bagged or bundled. No cardboard coated with wax, tin, or plastic.
Paper - Includes newspapers, junk mail, magazines, construction paper, computer paper, books with metal or plastic binding removed etc.. Paper should be clean and dry and placed in a brown paper bag. No soiled paper, paper coated with tinfoil or glitter, glues colored with crayons or markers, or plastic wrapping paper.


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Operated in partnership with:

Manitowoc County Department of Public Works

Manitowoc County Expo Center

Manitowoc County
Ice Center

Serving people with disabilities since 1957

Holiday House of Manitowoc Inc.