Curbside Recycling

The Charter Township of Ypsilanti contracts curbside recycling pickup with Waste Management in order to provide collection bi-weekly to all single family, duplex, triplex and quadplex units on public roadways.

Collection is scheduled for every other week on your trash day except where, due to a holiday or unforeseen circumstances, it is necessary to delay collection by one day. In no case will collection occur on Sunday unless the Township Supervisor has given approval in writing.

Curbside Collection Schedule

2024 Week A Schedule
2024 Week B Schedule

Recycle Carts with the Ypsilanti Township Logo
Contact Residential Services: 734.544.4000 (ext 4) or

  • Request repair or replacement of a rented Ypsilanti Township cart, lid or wheels.
  • Request a 96-gallon recycle cart if you don't already have one for your single-family home.

Recycle Carts with the Waste Management Logo
Contact Waste Management: 866.797.9018
Use the online chat feature on the website or

  • Request repair or replacement of a rented Waste Management cart, lid or wheels.
  • Rent an additional 96-gallon Recycle Cart from Waste Management for $54/cart/year, billed annually. Credit card payment is required in advance.
  • Cancel your recycle cart rental.

Recycling Search Tool
If you want help determining if an item is recyclable, you can use the Waste Wizard Recycling Search below. The search also shows where to bring harder-to-recycle items that aren’t taken curbside.
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Rules for Collection
All items that are acceptable for pick-up according to these rules must be placed at curbside no earlier than 6:00pm on the day before collection and no later than 5:30am on the designated pick-up day. Empty containers and/or rejected items must be removed by 6:00am on the day after collection.

Recycle containers must be placed within 4' of the roadway and 4' from other curbside items.

It is necessary for households to separate garbage from recycling materials. The contractor shall not be responsible for separating recyclables from non-incidental amounts of commingled solid waste.

The recycling container will remain at the Ypsilanti Township Compost Site during winter months and NOT moved to the Community Center due to non-resident use, trash contamination and non-recyclable materials being left at the site.
Acceptable & Unacceptable Recycling Items
Acceptable Plastic: emptied-rinsed household bottles, jugs, containers (milk, water, butter, soap) that have a #1, 2, 4, 5 or 7 on the bottom; lids and caps may be left on.
Unacceptable Plastic: unmarked plastics, #3 or 6, hazardous type bottles (antifreeze and motor oil bottles), plastic bags (this would include grocery/convenient store plastic bags, or any bags labeled with a recycling logo on it; these bags are all considered trash items)

We have noticed an increase of plastic bags being placed in recycling carts. Plastic bags are a safety concern for employees. Employees sort recyclables by hand and are in direct contact with every piece of material that is delivered to the recycle facility. When plastic bags are mixed in with the acceptable recyclable materials, the bags entwine in the equipment.

Acceptable Glass: emptied, rinsed household containers; labels may be left on
Unacceptable Glass: broken glass, beverage glasses, light bulbs, ceramic dishware, windows

Acceptable Aluminum & Tin: non-deposit and deposit cans
Unacceptable Aluminum & Tin: no scrap metal, wire hangers, small kitchen cookware (free of food), metal pots/pans, disposable pie tins and baking trays

Acceptable Paper: corrugated cardboard (i.e. 2' x 2', flattened, bundled with duct tape or twine), junk mail, brown paper bags, paperboard (i.e. cereal, tissue and show boxes), newspapers, glossy inserts, magazines, catalogs, paperback and hardcover books, telephone books, paper egg cartons, canned beverage cases and paper towel roll
Unacceptable Paper: wax paper, tissue paper products, paper towels, napkins, cups, plates, pizza boxes, shredded paper

Additional Unacceptable Items: no Styrofoam of any kind/packing material, paint cans, garbage, food waste, propane tanks, medical waste, flammable liquids, household cleaners, chemicals, wood, tires, concrete, garden hose, electrical cords, syringes, needles, household batteries, or hazardous materials

No recycling will be collected in cardboard boxes, drums, fabricated containers, store-bought containers, stacked containers, red/green/blue bins, 32-gallon containers or anything besides the 95-gallon toter with the yellow lid provided through Ypsilanti Township or Waste Management.