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Recycling Processing Methods
Since August 2001 the city has changed recycling processing methods. The city now utilizes a bin method for processing all recycling materials. All acceptable materials are to be placed into the recycling bin. Exceptions are cardboard and large amounts of paper (clear bags of shredded paper) may be placed next to the recycling bin. Additional or replacement bins may be purchased for $15 at the Municipal Services Department.

Acceptable Materials
View a list of acceptable materials.

  • Jugs / Bottles: PETE #1 & HDPE #2, rinsed and caps removed 
  • Household Containers: #3-7, rinsed 
  • Most plastic grocery and retail bags

  • Magazines, catalogs, and junk mail: any size magazines, envelopes with plastic windows cut out
  • Office paper, phone books, and paper bags: all types and sizes 
  • Newspaper: remove all bags, strings and rubber bands 
  • Cardboard and paperboard: must be flattened into 3-foot by 3-foot squares or smaller

Tin & Aluminum 
  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans: empty cans only

Only clear glass is accepted. Glass must be of the food or beverage container style only and must be washed not rinsed. No broken glass is accepted.

Unacceptable Materials
  • Antifreeze containers
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries: Car, motor, marine bricks
  • Compost
  • Construction materials
  • Glass: window or drinking
  • Hazardous waste
  • Lids from bottles and jars
  • Light bulbs
  • Liquid waste
  • Medical waste
  • Oil: Motor
  • Propane tanks
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood Items
Department of Municipal Services
Solid Waste / Recycling
1231 Goldsmith
Plymouth, MI 48170

Ph: (734) 453-7737
Fx: (734) 455-1666