Curbside Recycling

Local Waste Haulers 

The following is a list of waste haulers that offer curbside recycling services within Eaton County. Some haulers only offer services to certain geographic areas. Please check with the specific waste hauler for more information. 

Granger Waste Services 

Jim and Sons Pick-Up Service, LLC

*Limited service area: Sunfield, Roxand and Vermontville Townships*

Les’s Sanitary Service

*Limited service area: Vermontville and Sunfield Townships*

Republic Services 

*Limited service area: No service to Sunfield, Roxand, Oneida, Delta, Chester, Kalamo, and Brookfield Townships*

Waste Management 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Curbside Recycling

How do I know if curbside recycling is available in my area? And how much does curbside recycling cost? 

All waste haulers that operate in Eaton County are required to obtain a waste hauler license and report specific information, among this reporting information is the offered/available services. Above is the list of all waste haulers in Eaton County that offer a curbside recycling service. Availability of curbside recycling program services often depends on the geographic region. For information about service availability and pricing, please contact individual waste haulers directly.

How do I know which items I can put in my recycling bin?

Most waste haulers develop and provide an accepted material list, this list is typically provided to customers when they sign up for the recycling program, listed directly on their collection bin, and/or is often available on their waste hauler’s website. 

The accepted materials can, and do, often vary depending on the waste hauler. These accepted material lists are impacted by many factors beyond whether or not a specific material is recyclable. Some examples of common factors include: a specific materials market value (or lack of), the haulers geographical region or proximity to specific material processing facilities, and the general nature of a specific material (if it is hazardous or engineered mixed material for example). 

How do I have to prepare my materials? (Is it okay to bag my materials? Do my recyclables need to be clean?)

Curbside recycling requires little “preparing” efforts in terms of putting your materials in your collection bin. 

The most important thing is to check and make sure everything you put into, or already have in, your bin is accepted through your specific program (this is further explained in the “How do I know which items I can put in my recycling bin?” question response). Plastic bags are typically not accepted in curbside programs because they pose problems with sorting machinery, so be sure to remove all of your materials from bags. 

You also need to make sure your materials are clean and dry. Materials need to be generally free of food residue to avoid attracting unwanted pests, aid processing efforts, and avoid contaminating other materials (such as paper, boxboard, or cardboard). This does not need to be perfect, simply scrape, rinse, and let dry before putting items into your bin.  Items that cannot be cleaned, such as greasy pizza boxes, typically cannot be recycled.

For most Michigan based curbside recycling programs there is no need to sort or organize materials in the bin.

How often does my bin get picked up? Are there city fines for leaving my recycling bin out too long on the curb?

This information is dependent upon your service provider, the waste hauler, as well as the municipality you reside in. These types of specific questions need to be referred directly to them. 

What should I do with the materials that my curbside program does not accept? (Styrofoam, plastic bags, etc.) 

The answer is: it depends on the specific material. We recommend checking with other local programs for specific material recycling programs.   

Eaton County residents are welcome to utilize any of the recycling centers that the Department of Resource Recovery works with in the county. These centers and their specific accepted material lists can be found on our “Recycling Centers” page. Several of these centers take materials that are often not accepted through curbside recycling programs and even some hazardous waste such as Styrofoam (foamed polystyrene), batteries, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, and more! 

There are some materials that simply do not have local recycling programs available. We still encourage you to check out our “How Do I Recycle” tab or contact our office with specific questions.