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.


The Manitowoc County Recycling Center is accepting food and beverage cartons for recycling!  These familiar cartons are used to contain a variety of products commonly found on your grocery lists.  Some examples are containers for wine, milk, soy milk, juice, cream, soup, broth, and egg substitutes.  Cartons are made from paper fibers, plastic and aluminum so they are highly recyclable. 

When bringing your cartons to the Manitowoc County Recycling Center they can be placed in with the plastic bottles.  Cartons should be emptied and flattened but there is no need to rinse them.  If you have curbside pickup in the City of Manitowoc or City of Two Rivers you should place your cartons in with the plastic containers.  Otherwise check with your local hauler or drop off center for availability and guidelines.

Carton Recycling Flyer 


The Manitowoc County Shingle Recycling Site is located at the Manitowoc County Highway Shop Quarry at 3500 STH 310.   Incoming loads will be weighed and charged on a per ton basis according to the listed fees and guidelines. Shingles processed at this site will be sorted, cleaned and recycled into asphalt for road projects. 

The Shingle Recycling Site will open Monday April 14th at 7:00am.  

Shingle Recycling Details

Spanish Version - Tejas de Reciclaje


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April 26, 10am - 2pm
Lincoln High School JFK
1600 Block S 9th St
Manitowoc, WI

Come celebrate Earth Day with us.  Participate in a number of earth friendly collections like the Manitowoc County Drug Disposal Program and Cell Phone Collection. Visit educational booths,  displays and learn more from demonstrations on environmental themed topics.

Earth Day Program Details


Spring 2014 Issue

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You can help us save money and resources.  Electronic newsletters help avoid printing costs and postage fees.  They help conserve paper and natural resources.  Electronic newsletters do not clutter up your desk and are very easy for you to share with your friends and colleagues through a simple email forward or by sharing on a social media site like Facebook or Twitter.  Make the switch today!


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.
Cartons - 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.