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City of Lansing

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-Mayor Virg Bernero

Mayor Virg Bernero

Common Questions

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about trash, recycling, yard waste and more.  If you have any additional questions please call 517-483-4400 or e-mail recycle@lansingmi.gov.

Why wasn't my trash picked up?

Some of the most common problems and solutions are:

  • Late setout. Your materials were set out after 7:00 a.m. (Please set materials out before 7:00 a.m. on your collection day or the night before)
  • Overweight. The bag or container weighed over 30 pounds. (Please reduce the size or weight of the container and set the materials out next week.
  • Driver's view obstructed. The materials were blocked by a parked car, carts, leaf bags, trees or other items. (Please place materials to the left of any obstruction)
  • We made a mistake. (Please call the hotline at 483-4400, your materials will be picked up within 24 hours)
How do I get rid of household hazardous waste?

The Ingham County Health Department offers free collections of Hazardous Household Waste which include the following substances:  

  • Pesticides
  • Oil paint & paint Products (thinners, solvents, varnish)
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Cleaners & Polishers Gasoline and other flammables
  • Aerosols
  • Home Repair products (glues, cements)
  • Wood preservatives
  • Mercury (thermometers, thermostats)
  • Asphalt & roofing tar Acids & bases (pool chemicals)
  • Automotive products

Contact the Ingham County Health Dept at 517-887-4312 for more information.

What should I do with my CFL light bulbs?

CFL's or compact fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, about 5 milligrams, roughly the size of the tip of a ball-point pen, therefore the US EPA recommends taking it to a local household hazardous waste collection.  Ingham County residents may drop them off at The Ingham County Health Dept's household hazardous waste collection between May-September, on Thursdays from 2-6pm. Please double bag the bulbs before dropping them off.

Find more drop off sites here:  http://www.lbwl.com/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Energy_Savers/HES_CFLRecyclingSites.pdf


601 E. South St.
Lansing, MI 48910
Ph: 517-483-4400
Fax: 517-377-0176

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.