YOUR TOWN. YOUR RULES.
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 Marquette County. Reduce and reuse first, know it before you throw it when you recycle, and always reach out to Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority (MCSWMA) when you have questions.
Marquette County’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 & paper towel wrapping
Basically, if you recycle something that has not been rinsed and emptied, you risk contaminating the entire truckload of recyclables. Which usually means all of your recycling (and all of your neighbor’s) ends up in a landfill. The good news is it’s easy to do it right. Keep it simple. Keep it clean.
Clean metal cans
Clean aluminum foil
Clean foil pans
Clean plastic jugs and bottles
No plastic food containers with food inside
No metal cans with food inside
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.
Plastic jugs and containers
Laundry detergent bottles
Clean plastic takeout food containers
No plastic utensils, straws, toothbrushes
Why all the hoopla about recycling? Marquette County has a whole new recycling facility that’s going to begin operating in fall 2020 – a facility that will process recycling for the entire western U.P. and perhaps all the U.P. eventually. Plus, recycling offers countless benefits.
- 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.
Metal cans of various sizes
Plastic jugs, containers and bottles
Envelopes with windows
Keep up the good work, Marquette County!
If you still have questions about what’s recyclable and what’s not, Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority can help.
Marquette County Solid Waste
600 County Road NP, Marquette, MI 49855
These rules are true of all curbside recycling for residents of Marquette County. If you live outside this area, you’ll want to check with your local recycling provider for your specific rules and information.