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 Recycling Center only accepts 1# and #2 plastic bottles and jars.  These plastic containers have a visible 'neck' that is narrower than the container.  They include common items like soda and water bottles, milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles.  However, the plastics arriving at the recycling center are often contaminated by items that are not recyclable through our program.  This includes non-bottle #1 and #2 containers like yogurt cups and clamshells as well as #3 through #7 plastics containers.  Plastic bags can also end up in the recycling stream and slow down the sorting process.  Plastic bottles that contained oil or pesticides should not be recycled either.   They need to be picked out since the residues can contaminate recyclable plastics, even if they have been thoroughly rinsed.  Also, be sure to remove your caps and empty the contents!  Non-acceptable plastic items can be placed in your trash or perhaps reused in different ways. 

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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.   

Replacing old lights with new energy efficient LED lights can help you save on your electric bill.   

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.   




Drop off your natural holiday trees at the Basswood Compost Site from 7 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8 am to noon.  Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and storage bags before dropping off.  If your tree is more than 6 feet long please cut it in half.   Follow this link to learn more about Holiday Tree Recycling


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.