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.
RECYCLING TIPS: PLASTIC
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.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT RECYCLING
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
normal fees apply.
HOLIDAY TREE DROP OFF
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
||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
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
||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.
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.
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.