Category: Recycling

Top 5 Plastics to Recycle and Not Recycle

Posted on: September 11, 2020

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 in your... 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

Random Recycling Questions, Part 2

Posted 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. What is blue bag recycling? Blue bag recycling is a service in which recycling is collected with trash, put in the same truck and... Continue reading

Random Recycling Questions

Posted on: March 7, 2019

We know recycling can be complicated. Knowing what to put in your recycling collection is difficult enough without having to also remember how to prepare the materials. And, unfortunately, there’s a lot of outdated and misinformed information out there. But don’t worry. We’re here to help. Here are our answers to some commonly asked questions... Continue reading

Ditching the Numbers

Posted on: February 8, 2019

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

5 Ways to Celebrate America Recycles Day

Posted on: November 15, 2018

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

Granger Partners with Able Eyes for 360 Virtual Tours of Lansing Facilities

Posted on: November 9, 2018

Generally speaking, the more information we have, the better we feel about new experiences. And for that reason, among others, we’re really excited about a resource that’s now available for Granger customers. In October of 2018, we met with the co-founder of Able Eyes to film a virtual 360 tour of our Disposal Center of... Continue reading

Don’t Be a Wishcycler! Recycle Right!

Posted on: October 12, 2018

Here’s a term you may have never heard before: “wishcycling.” We’ll use it in a sentence. “Wishcycling has become a huge problem for the recycling industry.” Wishcycling is a catchy phrase that seems to have been coined by the president of a recycling company in Minnesota, and what it means is putting items in your... Continue reading

When Light Bulbs Burn Out: Recycle or Toss?

Posted on: September 28, 2018

Light bulbs are a necessary part of our daily lives. Though new technology means light bulbs are lasting longer, we all occasionally hear that familiar pop when flipping the switch. And with all the different types of bulbs out there now, it can be confusing to know what to do with them when they reach... Continue reading