Recycling

To us, recycling is more than taking something old and turning it into something new. It’s about preserving our earth’s God-given resources for future generations.

Why We Recycle

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To sustain our natural resources, including timber, water and minerals

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To reduce pollution and waste by eliminating the need to produce new material

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To save energy

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To protect our air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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To create jobs for the collection and processing of recyclables

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To increase the longevity of our landfills

Recycling by the Numbers

According to the EPA, in 2016 recycling accounted for
757,000
jobs, which equates to 1.57 jobs for every 1,000 tons of materials recycled.
250,000,000
trees could be saved each year by recycling all of your old newspapers.
1
year of recycling equals
6
years of power.
Using old paper to make new paper requires
30-50%
less energy.
Recycling
12
plastic bottles can power an air conditioner for one hour.
5
plastic bottles provide enough recyclable material to make one square foot of carpet or fiber to fill one ski jacket.
Recycling
2,000
pounds of plastic bottles saves the amount of energy used by a two-person household for one year.
Together, Granger customers recycle more than
54,000,000
pounds each year.

What Can Be Recycled?

A guide to residential recycling

It’s important to recycle right. Keeping contamination out of the recycling stream keeps the process less expensive and more sustainable.

corrugated cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

Includes items like:

cardboard boxes often used for shipping, transporting and storing

Does not include:

wax-coated cardboard, cardboard meant to keep products cold or hot, like 6-, 12- or 24-pack beverage cases and frozen dinner packaging

How to Prep:

Remove anything inside boxes, safely break down and flatten cardboard; place in cart

plastic

Plastic Bottles, Jugs, Tubs & Containers

Includes items like:

plastic beverage bottles and lids (water, tea, juice, etc.); plastic bottles and lids (shampoo, conditioner, soap, mouthwash, etc.); plastic food tubs, containers and lids (margarine, sour cream, yogurt, dips, etc.); plastic jugs and lids (milk, juice, detergent, cooking oil, vinegar, etc.)

Does not include:

plastic shopping bags, clothing hangers, plastic zip top bags, wax-coated cartons, foam containers/packaging, rubber (garden hoses. tires, gloves), inflatables, toys, pools, buckets, laundry baskets, barrels, free-flowing liquids

How to Prep:

Remove contaminants and rinse clean and dry; caps and lids may be left on

mixed paper

Mixed Paper

Includes items like:

newspaper, magazines, direct mail, postcards, first class mail, envelopes, letterhead, writing and office papers, phone books, manuals, instruction guides

Does not include:

wax-coated cardboard, plastic wrapping or bags, string, twine, sticker paper, shopping receipts

How to Prep:

Remove any nonrecyclables

colored and clear glass bottles

Clear & Colored Glass Bottles and Containers

Includes items like:

clear and colored glass jars and bottles (pickle jars, mason jars, wine and liquor bottles, nondeposit beverage glass, etc.)

Does not include:

barware, glassware or drinking glass, corks, Pyrex and other glass cookware, window panes, mirrors, plate glass or automobile glass, light bulbs

 

Glass not accepted in all areas

How to Prep:

Remove lids and anything inside; metal lids can be recycled separately

boxboard

Boxboard

Includes items like:

tissue boxes, cereal boxes, cracker/snack boxes, dried pasta boxes, paper towel rolls, shoe boxes, toothpaste boxes

Does not include:

plastic wrapping, wax- or foil-coated boxes, refrigerator or freezer boxes, including frozen meal boxes and 6-, 12-, or 24-pack beverage cases

How to Prep:

Remove anything inside (food, plastic, foil coating) and flatten

metal cans & aluminum

Metal Cans & Foil

Includes items like:

empty canned goods (sauce, soup, vegetables, fruit, tuna, etc.);  beverage containers (juice, energy drinks, etc.); clean aluminum foil

Does not include:

paint cans, appliances, hangers, fencing, scrap metal, aerosol cans, contaminated or dirty tin and aluminum

How to Prep:

Empty and rinse clean of contaminants; labels do not need to be removed

Recycling Drop-off

We own and operate a convenient recycling drop-off that is free to local residents.

Granger Recycling Drop-off

16936 Wood Road, Lansing, MI
(Driveway No. 6)
Get Directions »

Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

More Information

We also service drop-off centers in many municipalities. Contact your municipality for more information, as hours and accepted materials for recycling vary.

Recycling Blog Posts

Read detailed information about recycling.

Ditching the Numbers

As recyclers, we’ve been trained to look for that number inside the arrows chasing each other around on the bottom of our plastic. If there’s a number there, and that number matches a number on the recycling guidelines, we’re good for throwing that item in our recycling. But that thinking, while it makes sense, is… Continue reading

Back to the Basics: Materials That Can Usually Be Recycled

One of the challenges with recycling is that guidelines can vary in different areas and even in the same area from waste hauler to waste hauler. What haulers and municipalities accept is usually based on the requirements imposed on them by the processing facility their recycling goes to. In an ideal world, we’d have standardization… Continue reading

Recycling Right Matters

We’ve all seen it. We visit a Recycling Drop-off and notice items in the container that don’t belong. Some of them are blatant. Materials that are clearly trash are sitting in the container. Others are less obvious, such as a cardboard box that still contains plastic bags or polystyrene used to package the things inside…. Continue reading

Recycling Isn’t Magic. It’s Business.

Recycling is one of those things we do that’s become kind of mystical in its significance. We know it’s good for the environment—it saves energy, helps preserve natural resources and decreases waste. All those completely justified warm and fuzzy feelings make it easy to forget that recycling is also a business and practical business concerns… Continue reading