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The Lenawee County Recycling Drop Off Site, or DOS is open for use by all Lenawee County residents for household recyclables.Businesses with large amounts of recycling materials should contact a waste hauler service provider for alternative recycling options.
The DOS is located at 307 N. River Street in Adrian, Michigan.
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The Lenawee County Recycling Drop Off Site (DOS) is open for use by all Lenawee County residents. Businesses with large amounts of recycling materials should contact a waste hauler service for alternative options.
Clean & Dry Plastics #1-7 are accepted
Condiment bottles: ketchup and mustard bottles, sour cream, frosting and butter tubs, salad dressing and syrup bottles, etc.
Bathroom accessory bottles: shampoo, body wash and hand soap bottles, lotion bottles, plastic cosmetics tubes, etc.
Cleaning supplies: Spray bottles, dish and laundry soap bottles, fabric softener bottles, windshield washer jugs, empty aerosol cans, etc.
Other plastic containers: sports drink, juice, milk, or water bottles, saline solution bottles, baby wipe containers, etc.
ACCEPTABLE Items: Clean and dry glass bottles and jars, both clear and colored; it’s okay to leave the labels on, but NO lids please.
Items that are NOT ACCEPTABLE: glass windows or poured glass, light bulbs of any kind, Christmas bulbs
The Lenawee County Recycling Drop Off Site (DOS) is open for use by all Lenawee County residents. Businesses with large amounts of recycling materials should contact their waste hauler for alternative options.
There are two types of cardboard
As long as your cardboard and paperboard is clean and dry it can be recycled at the DOS.
NO: Wet or greasy cardboard like pizza boxes or fast food boxes are considered a contaminate and belong in the garbage. Wet or contaminated items can jam sorting equipment and ruin good, clean material. To get the most out of your program, be sure to remove any plastic packaging or bags from your boxes.
It’s important to break the boxes down avoid jamming the compactor which will require the compactor to be shut down for maintenance.
Remember to close the door and let the compactor cycle through for larger loads.
Avoid the compactor - break them down and drop them off at one of the following OPEN collection sites
located at 1357 Division Street in Adrian has an open container for corrugated cardboard - just flatten your boxes, drop them off in the container, and go!
located at 423 W. Maumee Street in Adrian also has an open container for corrugated cardboard
NO! Do not put plastic bags in the DOS Compactors. When plastic bags get mixed in with other recyclables, they’re difficult to sort out and often jam or damage machines.
The ONLY way to recycle plastic shopping bags is to return them to a participating store drop-off and NOT in your recycling bin.
Paper grocery bags can be recycled along with the paper/cardboard/newspaper (fibrous materials).
All materials need to be CLEAN and DRY.
If contamination levels are too high when a recycling load arrives at the facility, it might have to be rejected. In short, you run the risk of ruining everything in the container and diverting the whole recycling load – not just yours – to the landfill.
The Lenawee County Recycling Drop Off Site (DOS) is open for use by all Lenawee County residents. Businesses with large amounts of recycling materials should contact waste hauler services for alternative options.
ACCEPTABLE Items: All clean and dry non-returnable cans such as soup, pet food, coffee, aluminum pie tins, etc. are acceptable and go in the RIGID Materials container along with plastics and glass.
Items that are NOT ACCEPTABLE: Aerosol cans, paint cans, Christmas lights, extension cords, appliances, sharps, electronic waste including cell phones, tv, vcr or dvd players, computers, hangers
Local Scrap Metal Yards: OMNI Source and R&M Metals
Why, you ask? Well, aerosol cans can contain substances, including the product itself and the gaseous propellant (the stuff that makes the product spray out of the can), which can create dangerous conditions when collected in the trash. They’re pressurized, which means they could explode under certain conditions, causing injuries and damage to our equipment. Additionally, the product contained in the can could leak out and mix with other chemicals in the load, causing dangerous chemical reactions.
ReDuce, ReUSE, ReCYCLE
While there are no federal regulations that prevent aerosol can waste generated in residential settings from being disposed of in the trash or in a landfill, there are a few things to do to help ensure you are doing so safely:
Some batteries are recyclable including lead, or lead acid, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal-hydride, lithium, and lithium-ion batteries.Alkaline battery systems are safe to dispose of as regular waste due to a regulated decrease in mercury content in 1996. These batteries do contain the reusable materials zinc and manganese, but the recovery process is difficult and dangerous.
It’s always best to contact them directly for confirmation prior to dropping off.
Bulk waste includes items that are typically too large to be disposed of in your regular curbside trash container.
Check with your waste hauling service provider; they may be able assist you.
Check with your municipality (city/township/village); they may have an upcoming all-trash pick up scheduled.
The following Transfer Stations / Landfills / Solid Waste Management facilities may accept your bulk items:
Are accepted at the Lenawee County Recycling Drop Off Site (DOS)
Hard cover books are NOT acceptable. You may want to check with your local library, Goodwill, or Neighbors of Hope.
We are hoping to host a community collection event in September, 2021.
Please check the UPCOMING EVENTS page for updates.
Some building materials that are in re-usable condition may be accepted at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore located on US-223 in Adrian, or another salvage facility.
Call your local provider to see what services they may provide.
Or contact one of the following service providers:
The Lenawee County Building & Grounds Department will crush and dispose of florescent tubed light bulbs for a nominal fee. 517-264-4738
Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifies, and water coolers contain ozone depleting refrigerants that must be removed by a certified professional.
There is only one way to remove Freon from a HVAC system, and that is with the use of a reclaimer machine designed to capture the Freon, filter out the impurities and store it for future use. It is illegal to release Freon into the atmosphere. Freon contains fluorocarbons that are harmful to the environment.
Freon removal/unit tagging fees vary. Call ahead for fees and procedures.
Wet, greasy, or waxed cardboard; such as pizza boxes, fast food boxes, some freezer food boxes. Wet or contaminated items can jam sorting equipment and ruin good, clean material. To get the most out of your program, be sure to remove any plastic packaging or bags from your boxes.
You will need to first determine what type of paint you have.
OIL-BASED paints are considered Hazardous Materials which may harm the environment. These items must be properly disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility or event; to find a HHW facility visit the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy at www.michigan.gov/egle
LATEX and ACRYLIC paints: Place open cans of latex or acrylic paints outside or in a well-ventilated area to allow the paint to harden. This process can take a couple of days to a few weeks, depending on the temperature and humidity. Once the paint is solid and completely dry - it can be thrown away with your regular trash (leave the lid off of the can).
If there is a lot of pain left in the can you can add kitty litter or an oil absorbent material to dry the pain out more quickly.
Alternatively, apply any leftover paint to scrap lumber or cardboard and allow it to safely dry
Watch the website for future Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events.
Since there’s a possibility of propane/gas left in the tank, many landfills, recycling centers, and scrap metal dealers will not accept unwanted tanks for recycling.
Couple of suggestions:
If you have a propane tank that you don’t want, place your old tank beside a Blue Rhino display and they’ll take care of it.
Baker's Gas & Welding Supplies and Baker's Propane in Tecumseh may accept empty propane or other cylinders.
Contact another welding supply store.
Dry, clean tin cans are recyclable and can be dropped off in the appropriate container at the Lenawee County Recycling Drop Off Station (DOS) located on River Street, in Adrian.
Call for hours of operation and additional information:
One of Styrofoam’s main physical properties is that it is a thermoplastic. This means that the material is solid at room temperature, but flows as a liquid when heated to a specific point. As a liquid, the Styrofoam can be molded in fine detail; creating a solid styrofoam such as meat trays, egg cartons, styrofoam cups, etc.
Stryofoam peanuts, styrofoam sheeting, pillow packs, bubble wrap,
Please call to confirm sizes accepted, current pricing, and hours of operation:
Watch the Lenawee County website, follow the Lenawee County facebook page, listen to local radio stations, or check your local paper for future collection events.
A waste transfer station plays an important role in a community’s total waste management system, serving as the link between a community’s solid waste collection and the final waste disposal facility. Items accepted may vary by site and you are encouraged to call before visiting.
See our list of Local Service Providers
Unless your local government sponsors an electronics recycling program, or the company that sells you a new television will take your old one for free, expect to pay a fee to get rid of it.
Options to consider:
Contact Suggestions for recycling/disposal:
Lenawee County has sponsored collection events in the past (typically in the spring & fall) please watch the website for future events.