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.


Beginning January 27, 2016 the Manitowoc County Recycling Center will adjust the recycling charges on a number of items accepted under the electronics collection program.

-Small CRT TVs - $15
-Medium CRT and Projection TVs - $25
-Large CRT and Projection TVs - $35
-CRT Computer Monitors - $15

View our Flyer for more detail.

All TVs and monitors are measured diagonally across the glass portion of the screen.  TVs and monitors must not be broken or stripped. Due to the increased health and safety issues associated with handling, storing and transporting stripped electronics or broken televisions, these items may be refused or assessed an extra fee depending on the situation.  

These price changes are necessary due to the rising cost of responsibly recycling old televisions and monitors that contain cathode ray tubes (CRTs).  Pricing for other items commonly accepted under this program, including LCD, Plasma, and LED style televisions and monitors, has not increased.

The Manitowoc County Recycling Center is registered with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a certified electronics collector.  This means that ALL the electronics recycled through our program are sent to reputable recycling companies who guarantee the confidential destruction of any personal data remaining on your electronics, recycle or reuse all of the materials they receive, and are registered with the Environmental Protection Association and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


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The Manitowoc County Recycling Center is accepting unwanted Christmas lights for FREE.  Strings of lights are highly recyclable even with the bulbs in them.  Bring them to the Recycling Center Main Office at 3000 Basswood Road Monday-Friday between 7am and 4pm. 

All string lights will be accepted as well as extension cords.  Garland, wreaths, trees and other lighted decorations will not be accepted. Normal light bulbs, including spot lights, compact fluorescents, fluorescent tubes, and incandescent bulbs can be recycled but normal fees apply.   




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.


Operated in partnership with:

Manitowoc County Department of Public Works

Manitowoc County Expo Center

Serving people with disabilities since 1957

Holiday House of Manitowoc Inc.