Recycling Details

What Can Be Recycled


Beginner recycling materials include:
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Organic Yard Waste
  • Paper
  • Plastic
These materials are relatively easy to break into their more basic forms during the recycling process. By shredding, melting, or composting, their composition can be broken down and then rearranged into a new product. Basic recycling and re-purposing can be done at home, like composting, but professional collection services are often a part of public works.


Intermediate recycling materials include:
  • Batteries
  • Fabric
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Oil
  • Paint
  • Styrofoam
These products are made of more complex materials and using fairly sophisticated techniques. Recycling these products can be fairly complex because of their composition, so conscientious use and collection is encouraged. We rely on experts to safely handle process these items.


Advanced recycling materials include:
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Prescription Medication
  • Vehicles
These complex products are made of diverse and highly refined materials. This makes separation, decomposition, and reuse a challenge. We rely on experts to safely recycle or dispose of these items.

Recycling Locations

Recycling is becoming increasingly available, as part of culture and the Jackson Community. Many of the recycling organizations are available for appointment and drop-off of recyclable materials.

  • Recycling Jackson
    1401 N Brown Street
    Jackson MI 49201
    Drop-off site hours: First Saturday of the month - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Emmons Service, Inc.
    913 Water Street
    Jackson MI 49203
    Drop-off site hours: Monday -  Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM & Saturday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Granger
    2600 Lansing Avenue
    Jackson, MI 49202
    Drop-off site hours:  Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
The Jackson County Conservation District also holds an annual event at Jackson County Fairgrounds. There are also Granger Recycling collections available in Jackson County and Ingham County. Modern Waste Systems also works in Jackson County, Lenawee County, Washtenaw County.

What Needs to Be Done to Recycle

Recycling must take into consideration the life of the product beforehand and the direction it is headed. All items should be cleaned of debris (like dust or food scraps). Single stream recycling, where all materials are bagged together, is becoming a customary practice for curbside pickup. When dropping off recycling, separating your recycling by type goes a long way toward making recycling cost effective. Many items, like plastics, are numbered or marked according to type.

Each of the recycling providers in Jackson County has a different method and capacity for recycling. Learn about these organizations, and contact them to find the best way for you to connect.

Why Recycle?

No one can make you recycle, so should you? The answer is not always simple. There are impacts on the community and environment with every product that is purchased, and every material that is made.

Recycling is one means of keeping those materials in circulation, avoiding landfill waste and reducing the consumption of raw natural resources. As more people choose to recycle and purchase recycled products, the entire process will become easier to maintain and products of higher quality. Jackson County is proud to be a part of this effort, and support its local and global partners.