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.

What is blue bag recycling?
Blue bag recycling is a service in which recycling is collected with trash, put in the same truck and sorted out when it gets to our facility. For more detail on how blue bag recycling works, see this post.

Can I recycle shredded paper?
You can put shredded paper in your curbside collection if you have blue bag recycling. 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.

Who is eligible for blue bag recycling?

Customers in our southern service territory (south of Leslie) and select contract communities north of Lansing are eligible. Contact us to see if you’re in our blue bag service territory.

Are plastic bags or plastic wrap accepted in curbside recycling?

In most of our service territory, we ask that you please do not place plastic bags or any type of plastic wrap in your recycling. However, our Kent and Ottawa County customers can put plastic grocery bags in their recycling since this recycling is taken to the Kent County facility, which accepts these items. If you have plastic bags you want to recycle, look for options in your community. Many retailers have bag recycling programs.

Can bag tag customers participate in blue bag recycling?

Yes! If you live in an area where blue bag recycling is available, you can participate in blue bag recycling, but you will need to use a bag tag for each blue bag of recycling.

Why can’t Lansing area customers participate in blue bag recycling?

Trash from Lansing area customers goes directly to the landfill, not to a transfer station. Logistically speaking, it’s just not practical to sort through trash in the landfill to separate the blue bags. Luckily, there are other recycling options available to Lansing-area customers.

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 happens if I don’t put my blue bag recycling in a blue bag?

If we can’t identify the bag as recyclables by its blue color, we won’t be able to separate it from the trash. If you use a blue bag that is not a special recycling bag, it may get destroyed inside the trash truck and those materials will not be separated from the trash.

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 in all areas, and no glass is accepted in blue bag recycling.

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?

Unless you have blue bag recycling, 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 or blue bag recycling collection or bring it to a recycling drop-off.


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