Recycling Program

City of Ypsilanti Curbside Recycling Program

The City of Ypsilanti offers an aggressive curbside recycling program to help reduce your waste. The program now provides Single Stream Recycling, which means that containers and paper products may be mixed in the same bin. 

How to Obtain a Curbside Recycling Bin

If you need a curbside recycling bin, call 734-483-1421 or visit the Department of Public Services office. Recycling bins are available to anyone who lives in a 4 unit or smaller apartment building or home.
Plastic Bottles or tubs with numbers 1 (PET), 2 (HDPE), 4 (LDPE), 5 (PP), No. 6 (PS) or No. 7 on the Bottom 
  • No plastic lids or plastic bags
  • No motor oil bottles 
  • No number 3 bottles 

Clean plastic and discard caps

  • Clear, Green, & Brown Glass Food & Beverage Containers

    Bottles and jars only
    No window glass
  • No ceramics or Pyrex type glass
  • No light bulbs
  • Clean glass and remove metal caps to recycle, plastic caps are trash.

Tin & Aluminum

  • Rinse cans
  • Includes cans, foil, and trays
  • Scrap metal up to 1 cubic foot

Milk Cartons & Juice Boxes

  • Clean and flatten
  • No plastic caps
  • No frozen juice concentrate tubes

Paper Goods

Corrugated Cardboard & Boxboard

  • Bundle in 3 foot by 4 foot bundles or in box or paper bag
  • If too large to bundle, take to any drop-off center
  • Place next to or on top of bin
  • Cereal boxes, cardboard egg cartons, and similar type material
  • Flatten and remove inner bags or packaging
  • No box board with food particles or grease on box

Newspaper, Magazines & Junk Mail

  • Newspapers, including glossy inserts
  • Magazines and paperback books, including phone books
  • Mixed paper, glossy coated is OK
  • No plastic or metal tabs, binders, transparencies, carbon paper, or tissue paper