Residential Recyling in Holland, MI

Rethink use cycle

By rethinking the way our community recycles, we can all have a positive impact on our environment. Recycling is an easy way for us all to make a difference in our community, our economy, and beyond.

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Why Recycle?

The materials you place in your recycling cart each week contribute to $millions in value for our local economy each year. Through an advanced process of sorting, cleaning and processing, your recyclables end up in many of the products you use every day. Watch the video to learn more.

Recycling 101

What Items Count as Recyclable?


Paper & Cardboard

Flattened cardboard, newspaper, magazines, office paper and common mail can be recycled as long as they aren’t contaminated by food, liquid or waste.    How is Paper Recycled?


Metal Cans

Steel or aluminum cans are recyclable as long all residue is cleaned out.   How is Metal Recycled?


Plastic Bottles & Jugs

While rigid plastic containers like water bottles, milk jugs and detergent containers can go in your curbside cart, flexible plastics like grocery bags, bubble wrap and Styrofoam® require special handling and can’t be recycled curbside.   How is Plastic Recycled?



You can recycle both clear and colored glass containers that are empty and clean. Do not recycle broken glass, shards, or lightbulbs.

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What Isn’t Recyclable?


Commonly Mistaken Items

Styrofoam®, paper masks, plastic bags, clothes and many other materials are NOT recyclable through your curbside service. Many items can break and clog recycling equipment or put recycling workers at risk. Read the full list on our How to Recycle page.


No Soiled or Wet Materials

Just one dirty item could contaminate many other recyclables, so make sure items are empty, clean and dry.


No Mixed or Connected Materials

When two or more materials (like plastic and cardboard) are connected they cannot be recycled as is, even if they’re all recyclable.

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How to Prepare It

Don't Use a Bag

Never bag, box-up, bundle or tie your recyclables. Items should be placed in the curbside cart individually.

Empty. Clean. Dry.

All items that you place in your recycling cart need to be emptied of their contents, cleaned of all residue, and free of moisture. Just one dirty item could contaminate all of the other recyclables.

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