Frequently Asked Questions

What Can You Bring To The Recycling Center?

Recyclable Items You Can Drop-Off:


Keep the following types of paper separate because they are recycled using different processes.
  • Corrugated cardboard, flattened and paper bags
  • Cereal and boxboard, flattened
  • Office paper and mail (keep shredded paper separate)
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspapers
  • Phone books


  • #1 bottles and jars, clear or translucent
  • #2 natural color like milk jugs – seam across the bottom
  • #2 color like detergent bottles – seam across the bottom
  • all other household type plastics including the #2’s without seams across the bottom and non bottle #1’s
  • Plastic bags, all types accepted, including shrink wrap
  • Vinyl siding
  • Polystyrene foam (#6 includes cups plates, egg cartons and packaging)


  • Steel cans, including aerosol
  • Aluminum, all sizes and types accepted


  • Clear and lightly tinted green container glass
  • Colored container glass

Miscellaneous Items

  • NI-CAD and rechargeable batteries, auto and marine (and alkaline from Midland County residents only)
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Empty LP tanks and Helium tanks
  • Returnable cans and bottles

Remember . . . All items must be clean, rinsed out, with lids removed.

For more information about the curbside program call the City of Midland Department of Public Services at (989) 837-6900.

Reusable Items You Can Drop-Off Or Purchase:

  • Moving boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, foam sheeting and packing p-nuts
  • Glass or plastic vases and canning jars
  • Craft materials such as: cans, film canisters, corks, paper egg cartons, 3- ring binders and decorative tins

Why does Midland Recyclers take different materials than the curbside program?

Midland Recyclers is a non-profit organization dedicated to recycling all materials possible, even those that are marginally profitable. Midland Recyclers offers volunteer opportunities and free educational programs to people of all ages and abilities.

What are your hours of operation?

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday:  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.