New Information About
Where, When and How to Recycle at Tuscola County Recycling

Keep It Clean and Keep It Separate
Everything brought into the facility is sorted by hand. Chances are if you don't see an item listed, we cannot recycle it.

Newspaper, Junk Mail, Office Paper NO hardcover or softcover books
This also includes copy paper, lined paper, typing paper, computer paper, file folders, inserts, envelopes, Keep all papers clean and dry. You do not need to remove any staples, paper clips or windows. Any other metal or non paper items should be removed. Paper products can be brought in any type of container. Please keep all magazines separate. NO containers, paper plates, cups, napkins or paper towels.

Magazines
Magazines should be kept separate from other paper products. Magazines need to be glossy all the way through.

Corrugated Cardboard/Boxboard
Includes all cardboard that is constructed with corrugated grooves. Boxboard includes cereal, tissue, and gift boxes, NO wax-coated boxes such as: milk, juice, ice-cream or frozen food containers, etc.

Glass
We accept only clear glass in bottle or jar form. NO colored glass, window glass, auto glass, perfume bottles, pyrex glass, candle jars or drinking glasses. Wash bottles & jars and remove caps and lids.

Steel
Tin cans (and their lids) and scrap metals are accepted. Wash out all tin cans and keep separate from aluminum.

Aluminum
Tin foil, foil pans, pie plates, non deposit aluminum cans, cat food cans are accepted. Rinse and keep separate from steel cans.

Plastics
We accept #1 and #2 in bottle form only. Rinse out all containers and leave all caps on. Examples of what is acceptable:

  1. Clear water, soda and juice bottles
  2. Milk jugs, colored laundry soap bottles, shampoo, fabric softener and bleach bottles.
NO black trash bags. No plastic shopping bags. No tubs, or trays. No plastic silverware, cups, plates, or straws.

Polystyrene Foam:
#6 only and includes clean meat trays, foam cups, clam shells, foam plates and bowls. Keep separate from packing peanuts. Please bundle large amounts in clear plastic bags for easy handling.

County Residents

  • Car/Pickup tire $2.00
  • Car/Pickup tire on Rim $2.50
  • Semi truck or trailer tire $10.00
  • Semi truck or trailer tire on rim $10.50
  • Tractor tires $20.00- Must be under 48" in height and under 12" in width.
  • Tractor tires on rim $20.50- Must be under 48" in height and under 12" in width.
  • Limit 7 tires per visit
  • No tire accepted on any type of axle.
  • Tires must be clean inside and out.
  • Cash or check only.

Non-County Residents

  • Car/Pickup tire $4.00
  • Car/Pickup tire on Rim $4.50
  • Semi truck or trailer tire $20.00
  • Semi truck or trailer tire on rim $20.50
  • Tractor tires $40.00 - Must be under 48" in height and under 12" in width.
  • Tractor tires on rim $40.50- Must be under 48" in height and under 12" in width.
  • Limit 7 tires per visit
  • No tire accepted on any type of axle.
  • Tires must be clean inside and out.
  • Cash or check only!
  • Please place Antifreeze In easily emptied containers.
  • Call ahead for any changes in drop off hours.
  • Containers remain with Consumers once emptied
  • Containers larger than 5 gallons - please call ahead.

Terms of acceptance - Used motor oil only. Please place oil in easily emptied containers. Cannot be mixed with water or any other fluids. Call ahead to learn of any changes in drop off hours.

Any TV, computer monitor, or laptop with an under 20 inch screen has a fee of $10.00 each, over a 20 inch screen has a fee of $20.00 each.

  • Tuscola County Recycling accepts electronic waste from Tuscola County residents year round at our facility.
  • All of the following material is accepted year round from Tuscola County residents:
  • Computer Towers, VCRs, DVD Players, Stereos, Printers, Fax Machines, Telephones, Scanners, Cellular Phones, Speakers, Keyboards, Computer Mouse, Rubber covered cords, Rechargeable Batteries & Auto Batteries, tv's and computers.
  • As of 1/1/2016 a fee is charged for disposal of TVs and computer monitors.

Tuscola County Recycling does accept household batteries both rechargeable and non-rechargeable. Please keep all rechargeable, lithium, and household batteries separate from each other. Please tape all lithium, and button cell batteries.

Other household batteries may be recycled through the following programs:

  • Partners in Planet Protection
    Palmerton, PA 18071
    610-955-7634
    CFLs, fluorescent bulbs, items containing mercury (dental waste), mercury thermostats, rechargeable batteries, single-use batteries. This program is available nationally and services business both large and small. Please visit the website to order a relevant kit and for shipping instructions.
  • Battery Mart
    1 Battery Drive, Winchester, VA 22601
    800-405-2121
    NiCad batteries, other batteries (NiMH, lead-acid), rechargeable batteries
    This program does not pay for shipping costs. Please call for further details.

Compact Fluorecent Bulbs

Tuscola County Recycling accepts CFL and Fluorescent tubes for a fee, please call for pricing.
For additional information on disposal of CFL bulbs, see the links below:
Energystar CFL/Mercury Fact Sheet

Locations that accept CFL's year round, free of charge:

  • Home Depot in Bay City
    3860 State Street off of Wilder
    989-671-9402
    No broken bulbs - take them to the Customer Service desk for disposal
  • Menards in Bay City
    2864 E. Wilder Road
    989-686-1764
    No broken bulbs - take them to the Electrical Department for disposal

Latex, oil based paint, and stains are now taken for $2.00 per can and $10.00 per 5 gallon pail.

  • Latex paint
    Latex paint is water based (any paint that has water cleanup is water based) and it is not considered hazardous by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). According to the MDEQ, residents can dry up their old latex paint and once it is dry and solid, it can go into your regular trash. You can speed up the drying process by adding cat litter, wood chips, sand or shredded paper to the cans of paint. Remember to store the open paint cans somewhere safe where pets and children will not have access to it.
  • Tuscola County Recycling accepts household hazardous waste from Tuscola County residents from May 1st thru October 1st. Please call ahead for availability, as space is limited. No flammable items accepted without an appointment. Fees are charged for paints, stains, CFL bulbs, smoke detectors, and carbon dioxide detectors.
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