Unaccepted Common Recycling Contaminants

Recycle right and help reduce contamination in Lansing's recycling stream by learning more about materials that can and cannot be put into CART green recycling bins.  Below is a list of the most common contaminants, although it is not a comprehensive list of all unacceptable items).

Common Unaccepted Items (and alternatives)

Plastic Bags:
  • Meijer, Target, Kroger, Walmart and other retail stores accept plastic bags
Polystyrene (Styrofoam):
  • DPW - 1800 E. State Rd., East Lansing
  • Dart - 432 Hogsback Rd., Mason
  • Dart - 2148 Depot St., Holt
  • Impression 5 Science Center - 200 Museum Dr., Lansing
Scrap Metal:
  • Padnos - 1900 W. Willow St., Lansing 
  • Friedland - 405 E. Maple St., Lansing
CFL and LED Light Bulbs:
  • BWL -1232 Haco Dr., Lansing
Books:
  • MSU Surplus Store - Green Way, East Lansing 355-1723
  • Friedland - 405 E. Maple St., Lansing

Clothing, Shoes and Household Goods
Hazardous Waste (oil-based paint, gasoline, household cleaners, etc.):
Electronics:
  • Staples
  • Best Buy
  • "Recycle Rama" event - Saturday April 18, 2020. Time and location details are TBD

Other Contaminants:
  • Trash
  • Diapers
  • Hoses
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Straws
  • Window Blinds
  • VHS Tapes
  • Mirrors
  • Hangers
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Wrap