Automated Recycling Collection

Recycling Collection Methods
In January 2015 the City changed recycling collection methods. The City utilizes an automated 65 gallon wheeled cart for the collection of all recyclable materials. If you have amounts of cardboard and other recyclable materials that exceed the capacity of your cart, they may be brought to the recycling center at the Municipal Services Yard. If you regularly exceed the capacity of your cart, additional or replacement automated recycling carts may be requested from the Municipal Services Department.

The 18 gallon Red/Red-Orange (or any other color) manually collected recycle bins will no longer be used after January 7, 2015.

Recycling Processing Methods
All acceptable materials are to be placed unsorted into the recycling cart. Recyclable materials are processed, sorted and recovered at a central facility.

Acceptable Materials
View a list of acceptable materials.


  • Jugs / Bottles: PETE #1 & HDPE #2, rinsed and caps removed
  • Household Containers: #3-7, rinsed


  • Magazines, catalogs, and junk mail: any size magazines, envelopes with plastic windows
  • Office paper, phone books, and paper bags: all types and sizes
  • Newspaper: remove all bags, strings and rubber bands
  • Cardboard and paperboard: must be flattened into 3-foot by 3-foot squares or smaller

Tin & Aluminum

  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans: empty cans only

Only clear glass is accepted. Glass must be of the food or beverage container style only and must be washed not rinsed. No broken glass is accepted.

Unacceptable Materials

  • Antifreeze containers
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries: Car, motor, marine bricks
  • Compost
  • Construction materials
  • Glass: window or drinking
  • Hazardous waste
  • Lids from bottles and jars
  • Light bulbs
  • Liquid waste
  • Medical waste
  • Oil: Motor
  • Propane tanks
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood Items


    Department of Municipal Services
    Solid Waste / Recycling
    1231 Goldsmith
    Plymouth, MI 48170

    Ph: (734) 453-7737
    Fx: (734) 455-1666