Random Recycling Questions, Part 2

By Andrea Davis on April 11, 2019

We know you have questions about recycling, and we want to make it as painless as possible to recycle right. Read on for answers to some common questions about Granger recycling.

Can I recycle shredded paper?
If you have curbside collection with a cart, please put it in a paper bag and fold the top down to minimize blowing when the cart is opened.

If you’re in the Lansing area, you can bring it to a special container just for shredded paper located in front of the Recycling Center. This container is available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but is kept locked at other times.

Are plastic bags or plastic wrap accepted in curbside recycling?

We ask that you please do not place plastic bags or any type of plastic wrap in your recycling. If you have plastic bags you want to recycle, look for options in your community. Many retailers have bag recycling programs.

Do I need to remove labels from cans or bottles before recycling them?

It’s not necessary to remove labels from your items before recycling them. These labels are removed at the sorting or processing facility.

What about staples and paper clips? Should those be removed from paper before it is recycled?

Staples are no problem! You can feel free to put any paper that contains staples in your curbside or drop-off recycling. Paper clips and binder clips should be removed from stacks of paper before they are put in the recycling, though.

My recycling guidelines state that I can recycle “clear & colored glass bottles & containers.” Does that include items like Pyrex containers and glass and ceramic dishes, as well as mirror and window glass?

Nope. If glass is accepted in your area, think of it as single-use disposable glass. So, if you have a mineral water bottle or a pickle jar or jam jar, you’re golden. If you’re looking at something that’s not a container or dishes that are meant to be reused, you shouldn’t include it in your recycling.

Please note, glass is not accepted for recycling in all areas.

Do you take recyclable items out of my trash and recycle them? For example, if I leave cardboard boxes out by my trash cart, do you recycle them?

Items you put in your trash or put out with your trash do not get recycled. Even cardboard boxes that are put out with your trash will be put in the trash truck and will eventually end up in the landfill. If you want any item to be recycled and it is an acceptable item, you should put it in your curbside recycling collection or bring it to a recycling drop-off.

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