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Cheboygan: What do I do with?


Juice boxes, milk cartons & paper cups
  • Please rinse and flatten
  • No juice pouches or straws
  • Paper, Boxes, & Bags
Plastic bottles, jugs & Jars
  • All numbers: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7
  • Please rinse and flatten (no need to remove labels)
  • No styrofoam, motor oil jugs, toys
  • No buckets, durable dishes, or "biodegradable" or corn-based plastics (PLA)
  • No plastic bags - they go in the Paper, Boxes and Bags Bin
Plastic Tubs, trays, clamshells & cups
  • All numbers: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7
  • Please rinse and flatten (no need to remove labels)
  • No styrofoam, buckets, durable dishes
  • No washtubs or "biodegradable" or corn-based plastics (PLA)
  • No plastic bags - they go in the Paper, Boxes and Bags Bin
Glass: Clear/Green/Brown
  • Bottles & jars only
  • Please rinse and remove lid (no need to remove label)
  • No lightbulbs, window glass or dishes
Aluminum, steel & tin
  • Cans, foil, foil trays, metal lids
  • Please rinse and flatten. Remove labels if possible
  • No aerosol cans or propane tanks.

Paper, Boxes & Bags


  • Newspapers & inserts
  • Magazines, catalogs & books, including hardcover, paperbacks and phonebooks
  • Office paper & junk mail (there is no need to remove small non-recyclables like staples, paperclips, rubber bands, stickers, sticky notes or plastic windows from envelopes)
  • Light cardboard
  • Junk mail, envelopes, file folders
  • Shredded paper (in clear plastic bag)
  • No construction paper or dark/bright/neon colored paper
  • No padded, Tyvek, or golden manila envelopes
  • Please remove packing material and flatten
  • No styrofoam or pet food bags
  • No newspapers which are wet or yellowed
Plastic grocery & bread bags
  • Stretchy bags only
  • Clean and dry, stuffed into one plastic bag and tied closed
  • Shrink wrap (like around paper towel rolls or cases of water)
  • No cling wrap or cereal box liners
  • No "crunchy" plastics (i.e. potato chip bags, cellophane)


  • Light cardboard
  • Corrugated boxes
  • Boxes for us in coolers or freezers (pop can cases, frozen food and butter boxes)
  • Please remove packing material and flatten

Household Hazardous Waste 

WINTER    November - April, only the first Wednesday of each month, Noon - 3 pm.

SUMMER  May - October, each Wednesday (except August 10 & 24, 2022) from Noon - 3 pm.

 We are accepting TVs, computers, desk printers and non-latex paints.

The other hazardous waste items listed below will be accepted at drop-off events (2 per year).

Adhesives, sealers & tar

Aerosol cans 

Propane tanks or other flammables


  • Either ethylene or propylene glycol-based antifreeze, in secure, sturdy, leak-proof containers. We ask that antifreeze be poured into our large container and residents take the empty containers back with them for disposal in their own garbage.

Automotive fluids

  • Includes hydraulic fluid, fuel oil, automatic transmission fluid, lube oils, diesel fuel, gasoline or oil contaminated with gas or water. 


  • Rechargeable and non-rechargeable


  • Only computers and televisions.


  • Oil-based, wood finishes, shellac, varnish, wood protectors, latex-based paint manufactured before 1980
  • No water-based paints. Instead, mix with kitty litter to a stiff, putty-like consistency, seal containers tightly and put in trash.
  • No latex paint.

Fluorescent light bulbs & compact fluorescent bulbs

  • Do not break bulbs - they contain mercury
  • NO incandescent (ordinary) or halogen bulbs - they should be put in the trash

Tires, on or off the rim

Household cleaners and polishers

Mercury and items that contain mercury

No explosives, ammunition or radioactive materials.