What is Recycling?
Recycling is the process of repeatedly putting materials through the consumption process. For example, when a tree is first cut it may be used to make crates. When the crates are discarded they can be recycled and used to make bedding, mulch and fuel.
Recycling turns waste into resource. It helps reduce the amount of waste placed in landfills and incinerators, saves energy, and reduces pollutants. Recycling allows the earth adequate time to replenish its natural supply of resources, thus ensuring proper ecological balance.
What materials are recyclable?
Many household waste products are recyclable, but some are not.
Click here to see a detailed list of what IS and what IS NOT acceptable recycling material.
How to handle your recyclables?
The key to successful recycling lies in the way it is placed for collection. Recyclable materials must be separated in the recycling bin for best results.
Boxboard, office paper, magazines and newspapers must each be separated in a recycling bin. Telephone books, corrugated boxes, flattened plastics, flattened aluminum and other flattened metal containers can all be placed loosely in the recycle bin. Glass must be placed outside of recycle bin in a separate container. Place all recycling next to the curbside refuse cart no more than one day prior to collection.
What happens to recyclable material?Recyclable materials are collected by Mister Rubbish and taken to a solid waste processing and recycling facility located in either Ann Arbor or Southfield, where materials are sorted, baled or ground, and delivered to specialized processors for return to the consumption cycle.
For more information on recycling in Brighton, call Waste Management at 866-797-9018 or the Department of Public Services at 810-225-8001.