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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 Marquette County. Reduce and reuse first, know it before you throw it when you recycle, and always reach out to Recycling 906 when you have questions.

Wondering what to recycle or need a reminder of the rules? Use the search option below or Download the summary of rules for Marquette County

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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

Milk jugs

Water 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.

Flattened cardboard

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, Recycle 906 can help.

Marquette County Solid Waste
Management Authority

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.

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