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We’ve pawed our way through recycling bins all over the state, and we’ve learned that the rules of recycling differ from one community to the next. That’s why we’re here to talk to you about YOUR rules – the rules of recycling for residents of Bay City. Reduce and reuse first, know it before you throw it when you recycle, and always reach out to Bay City Recycles at BayCityRecycles.org when you have questions.


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Bay City’s Essential Rules to Recycling Perfection


The plastic bags and flexible plastics shown below are recyclable locally though – many grocery stores accept clean and dry bags and wraps.

What’s NEVER recyclable are things like potato chip bags and frozen food bags – just throw those out. They often contain multiple types and layers of plastic, making them impossible to recycle.

TIP: Reuse your smaller plastic bags as trash can liners or to pick up pet waste.

No plastic bags

No bread bags

No plastic sandwich baggies

No air pillows used in packaging

No plastic shipping envelopes

No bathroom tissue and paper towel wrapping


Smaller plastic items and things made of multiple plastic materials belong in the trash.

Plastic bottles, jugs and containers are recyclable – always rinse and empty to avoid getting food or other residue on the paper and cardboard in your cart.

No plastic utensils, straws, toothbrushes

Plastic jugs and containers

Water bottles

Clean plastic takeout food containers


What’s a “tangler”? Anything that jams sorting machinery at the recycling center by wrapping around the equipment discs and wheels is a tangler.

TIP: Some of these items can be recycled at special drop-off locations. Research local solutions to find out where.

No extension cords

No wire hangers

No rope

No light strings


The technology to recycle foam does exist, but it’s usually collected at a special location. The good news is that local drop-off programs are growing in Michigan. Three are in the Great Lakes Bay Area – check with Tuscola County Recycling, Midland Recyclers and the Saginaw Children's Zoo about drop-off locations for foam.

No foam takeout food container/s

No foam beverage cups

No foam packaging
(the kind of hard foam that goes around items inside a box)


Why all the hoopla about recycling? Well, there are countless benefits to recycling.

  • Recycling reduces the amount of garbage that goes into landfills – which helps protect our environment and natural resources.
  • Recycling is great for the economy – locally and statewide. It provides jobs and creates opportunities for businesses.
  • Reusing materials we’ve already created helps conserve natural resources.
  • Recycling reduces water pollution.
  • Recycling helps protect our wildlife habitats.

Flattened cardboard

Metal cans of various sizes

Plastic jugs, containers and bottles

Office papers and folders

Newspapers

Junk mail


Keep up the good work,
Bay City!

If you still have questions about what’s recyclable and what’s not, Bay City Recycles can help.

Bay City Recycles
301 Washington Ave., Bay City, MI 48708
989-894-8312

These rules are true of all curbside recycling for residents of the City of Bay City. If you live outside this area, you’ll want to check with your local recycling provider for your specific rules and information.

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