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 1, 2015 The Manitowoc County Recycling Center will adjust the recycling charges on a number of items accepted under the electronics collection program. 

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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. 


CRT Tvs 24 inches or less (small)

10.00 each

CRT & Projection TVs Medium greater than 24 inches and less than or equal to  36 inches (medium)

20.00 each

CRT & Projection TVs  greater than 36 inches (large)

30.00 each

Flat Panel TVs 27 inches or less (small)

10.00 each

Flat Panel TVs greater than 27 inches (large)

20.00 each

Incandescent Bulbs

.30 each

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

.40 each

Fluorescent Bulbs  4 feet long or less

.40 each

Fluorescent Bulbs greater than 4 feet long

.50 each

HID Bulbs

1.35 each

PCB Ballasts

.93 per pound

All televisions and monitors are measured diagonally across the glass portion of the screen.  Televisions 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.  

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. 

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.