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Recycling Guidelines

These guidelines are for the Manitowoc County Recycling Center.  Be sure to contact your curbside hauler or municipal drop off site for specific guidelines or questionable items. 


Plastic #1 and #2 Bottles - Bottles only; check for a neck.  Rinse and flatten. Remove the caps and rings when possible.  No tub or pail shaped containers or bottles that contained oil or pesticide.  No plastic wraps, films, bags, trays, pails, packaging peanuts, styrofoam, or any other non bottle shaped item.  Please do not tie milk jugs together or tie in plastic bags.


Paper - Includes newspapers, junk mail, magazines, construction paper, computer paper, books with metal or plastic binding removed etc..  Paper should be clean and dry and placed in a brown paper bag.  No soiled paper, paper coated with tinfoil or glitter, glues colored with crayons or markers, or plastic wrapping paper.


Cardboard - Should be clean and dry, flattened and boxed, bagged or bundled.  No cardboard coated with wax, tin, or plastic.


Cartons - Food and beverage cartons including shelf stable and refrigerated cartons for wine, milk, juice, cream, soup and egg substitutes.  Cartons should be emptied, flattened and placed in with the plastic bottles.

Glass Bottles

Glass Bottles - Any color glass bottle or jar can be recycled.  No lids, caps or rings.  Rinse out and remove labels if easy to do so.  No window glass, light bulbs, clay, ceramics, drinking glasses or ovenware.


Cans - Tin, steel, bi-metal, and aluminum.  Coated cans, foil and pie tins are ok.  Remove labels if possible.  Clean well and flatten.