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.

Please do not put bottles of oil or bags rechargeable batteries in the red bin. Scroll down for proper handling of these and other items.

Where Your Recycling Goes
It goes to the Ann Arbor Material Recovery Facility.
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.

Excess recycling can be brought to the Recycling Center at 651 Rice Street, adjacent to Frog Island Park.

The hours for the Recycling Center are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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 Styrofoam curbside

Clean plastic and discard caps

Clear, Green, & Brown Glass Food & Bever

Bottles and jars

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

Other Recyclables

Rechargeable Batteries

  • Place in sealed clear baggie next to the bin
  • Place car batteries in separate clear plastic bag, tightly tied

Styrofoam (Only Accepted at Drop-off Center)

  • Remove food particles
  • Styrofoam is not accepted curbside

Motor Oil/transmission Fluid

  • Place at the curb in sturdy containers such as clean empty plastic detergent or milk jugs, clearly marked Oil
  • No glass containers, no antifreeze
  • No containers over 1 gallon for curbside pick-up, up to 5 gallons accepted at drop-off site