Compost / recycling
How to prepare your compost
all brush that is less than 6" in diameter. Bundles must not weigh
more than 50 lbs. Bundles must be no longer than 4 feet in length and
18" around. Brush larger than 6" in diameter must still be
bundled, however it is considered trash and will be picked up as
If your trash, yard waste or recycling is not picked up by 4:00 pm on
your regularly scheduled day, please call (734)
and Grass Clippings
and grass clippings may either be placed in paper compost bags purchased
at your local grocery store, or placed in a trash can with a compost
sticker. Compost sticker must face the road.
Do not overload compost bags, and be sure to fold down the tops for
Do not use plastic bags!!
If you are using a can, it must have a yard waste sticker. Face the
sticker towards the street and place the container ten feet from your
garbage. It should not be any larger than a 32
gallon container 50 lb
- Newspapers : Including all inserts, advertisements and magazines
that are delivered with them.
- White and Colored Paper : Including office paper, computer paper and envelopes.
- Brown Paper Bags : Keep them separate from your paper.
- Telephone Books and Paperback Books : No
- Tin Cans : Remove all labels and rinse them out before placing in
- Aluminum : Containers and foil.
- Bottles and Jars : Any color except brown. You do not have to peel
the labels off or remove the little plastic rings that remain from
twist off caps. Rinse and remove all caps.
No dishes, light bulbs, ceramics, or Pyrex.
- Bottles and Containers : Must be marked on the bottom with a 1
symbol. Water bottles, milk jugs, detergent bottles, salad dressing
bottles, food trays and personal care products are accepted. Rinse and remove all caps.
- No bottles that held motor oil or
other toxic fluids.
- All corrugated cardboard is acceptable. Bundle separate from paper
into 2'X2'X1' squares. Also, paperboard such as cereal boxes, shoe
boxes and tissue boxes are acceptable. No cardboard with wax coating
or liners are acceptable. No frozen food boxes. No pizza boxes. Wet
cardboard is also not recyclable.
- Material must fit in recycle bin, or be
bundled in 2' x 2' x 1' sections by string.
Household batteries (dry cells) contain
heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, etc.) that can pose a potential
threat to water and human health if disposed of improperly.
Use an A/C adapter
instead of batteries whenever possible.
Use rechargeable batteries to
save money and the environment. One charger can charge many different
sizes of batteries.
can be brought to Van Buren Township’s Household Hazardous Waste