Category: Recycling

Random Recycling Questions, Part 3

Posted on: November 15, 2023

If you ever find yourself standing by a recycling cart wondering if you should toss something, you have come to the right place. Recycling can sometimes seem complicated, but Granger is here to help. Check out the responses that follow for some commonly asked questions. (The answers provided are based on applicable Michigan laws and... Continue reading

What to Do with Old Batteries

Posted on: October 11, 2023

Batteries—we use them for everything from cell phones to flashlights. They don’t last forever, though, and it’s hard to know what to do with them. Most single-use (not rechargeable) household batteries are safe to dispose of in the landfill, but other types of batteries are not only prohibited from going in the landfill, they can... Continue reading

Top 5 Tips for Becoming a Recycling Superhero

Posted on: January 2, 2023

Maybe you’ve been thinking about recycling for a while and have just never gotten around to it. Or possibly you’re an occasional recycler who would like to do more, but you’re not sure where or how to start. Whether you’re working on a New Year’s resolution or just looking to make some general improvements, here... Continue reading

Post-holiday Recycling: What to Do with Gift Wrap and Greeting Cards

Posted on: December 21, 2021

During the holidays, we can get a lot of questions about what to do with festive packaging. We ask that you please follow these simple guidelines: Wrapping Paper Thin paper that is full of color, glitter or other embellishments SHOULD NOT BE RECYCLED. Thick, non-colored, cardboard type wrapping paper MAY BE RECYCLED. Tubes from the... Continue reading

5 Ways to Celebrate America Recycles Day

Posted on: November 15, 2021

Recruit your kids, parents, friends and neighbors to recycle with you. Make sure you’re recycling right by reviewing the guidelines for your curbside service or recycling drop-off. Recycle a new material you’ve never recycled before, but be sure to refer to #2. Buy an item made with recycled materials. Learn more about recycling by reading... Continue reading

Cardboard & Boxboard Recycling Dos and Don’ts

Posted on: July 30, 2021

Corrugated cardboard and boxboard are similar, but not the same. Cardboard has three layers of material, with a wavy center layer. Boxboard is one thin layer of material (think cereal box or paper towel tube). They are both great materials to recycle, but there are some things to remember. If you have curbside collection, there’s... Continue reading

6 Ways to Up Your Recycling Game

Posted on: January 15, 2021

Want to be a better recycler? Consider these tips. Think before you buy. The time to think about recycling is while you’re shopping. If you don’t want to end up with a bunch of packaging you can’t recycle, don’t buy it in the first place. If you’re deciding between comparable products, choose the one with... Continue reading

Top 5 Plastics to Recycle and Not Recycle

Posted on: September 11, 2020

Updated: 5/25/21 The recycling guidelines list plastic as an accepted material, so that must mean any plastic, right? Well, as it turns out, all plastic is not created equal and some of it is not recyclable with your household recycling collection or at your local recycling drop-off. Here’s a rundown on what’s ok to toss... Continue reading

No Household Recycling Doesn’t Mean No Recycling

Posted on: February 23, 2020

Household recycling collections and drop-offs are meant for recycling common items that can be recycled on a large scale. It’s important to follow the guidelines for this type of recycling carefully, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other, more specialty items, that you may want to find another way to recycle. If you can’t or... Continue reading

7 Recycling Myths Debunked

Posted on: January 24, 2020

There’s a lot of information out there about recycling, but not all that information is correct. These are just some of the rumors flying around about recycling that aren’t actually true. Myth #1 Caps and lids need to be removed. While there was a time when lids and caps needed to be removed, the general... Continue reading

Which Recycling is Better–Closed or Open Loop?

Posted on: October 25, 2019

Once you’ve done the important work of determining what can be recycled in your area, preparing the materials for recycling and putting them out at the curb, putting them in your commercial recycling container or taking them to a drop-off, you may not worry much about how your materials are being recycled. The important thing... Continue reading

Household Recycling: Laundry Room Edition

Posted on: October 17, 2019

Continuing our series that gives practical and real examples of things you can recycle (or not) throughout your house, we take a visit to the laundry room. The laundry room is probably not your favorite place to hang out, but you no doubt spend a lot of time in there, particularly if you have kids.... Continue reading

Household Recycling: Pantry Edition

Posted on: August 23, 2019

Continuing our series that gives practical and real examples of things you can recycle throughout your house, we take a visit to the pantry. And the name of the game with pantry recycling is EMPTY. Regardless of what the container is made of, all food items must be removed before it can be recycled. Please... Continue reading

Household Recycling: Bathroom Edition

Posted on: July 19, 2019

Recycling guidelines are helpful, but they’re usually pretty general. We thought it might be useful to publish some posts that give practical, real-life examples. This is the first in a series of blog posts that takes one room of your house and gives an intensive rundown of what can and can’t be recycled there. We’ll... Continue reading

Let’s Get Specific about Recycling

Posted on: May 9, 2019

Recycling is confusing. We get it. We also know that most people know how important it is to put only accepted items in their recycling and want to get it right. And we want to help you get it right. But it’s difficult, if not impossible, to put very specific, detailed lists of what’s accepted... Continue reading