Amid lingering fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the simple routine of recycling has taken on additional significance.
With many businesses and offices still closed or operating at reduced capacity during the pandemic, manufacturers that use recycled materials to make products like boxes and toilet paper are relying on residential recyclers to help out.
“Recycling has always been environmentally and economically important, but market shifts in the wake of the pandemic have made it even more so,” said Matt Flechter, recycling market development specialist for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). “The consequence of less recycling by businesses is that fewer recyclables are in the supply chain for paper companies to make products like cardboard boxes and toilet paper.”
As part of its ongoing Know It Before You Throw It statewide recycling education campaign led by the Recycling Racoons, EGLE encourages Michigan curbside recyclers who want to help keep raw materials flowing through supply chains to check the rules for what recyclables are accepted in local programs.
Recycling Best Practices
Increasing recycling and improving the quality of materials that residents are recycling saves energy, reduces water use, decreases greenhouse gases, conserves resources and translates into local jobs. Here are some recycling best practices for residents.
- No need to remove staples, paper clips or plastic windows from envelopes.
- Keep it dry and free from liquid contaminants.
- Never put COVID-related personal protection equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves in your recycling bin. PPE should go into a trash container.
- Paper coffee cups are not usually accepted (the inside is typically coated in plastic to prevent leaks).
- Magazines and newspapers are usually recyclable.
- Paper towels, tissues, wipes and napkins aren’t usually recyclable.
Riverview Resident Recycling at RLP
Riverview residents can participate in recycling various materials and composting yard clippings at no charge by delivering the materials to two convenient collection centers located at Riverview City Hall, and at Riverview Land Preserve. Each Riverview resident – with proof of residency – shall be permitted disposal of up to four loads of acceptable waste at no charge each fiscal year. One load is defined as each time a resident delivers waste to the Land Preserve, in one of the acceptable transporting vehicles as follows: car, van, SUV, pickup truck, or a trailer of less than two cubic yards capacity.
Acceptable Recycle Materials
- Batteries: Hearing aid, rechargeable, alkaline, auto, truck, and motorcycle batteries accepted. For batteries 1.5 Volts or higher, please tape both positive and negative battery leads.
- Cardboard: Cardboard or boxboard only. Customers should flatten all boxes Waxed juice, milk, or frozen food containers are not accepted.
- Glass: Container provided for clear glass.
- Colored Glass: Container provided for colored glass.
- Metal: All types of clean metal accepted.
- Paper: Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, shredded paper, books.
- Plastic: All containers numbered 1 through 7 are accepted. Containers from automotive oils or other oily/greasy materials will not be accepted.
- Used Oil: Motor oil, transmission oil, hydraulic oil. Oil can NOT have gasoline, antifreeze, diesel fuel, or any other materials mixed in with the oil.
- Yard Waste: Grass clippings and leaves. Must be in paper bags or loose.
- Tree Debris: Brush or limbs that are 4 feet or less in length and 2 inches or less in diameter, qualify as residential recycling. Logs, and stumps are not accepted as residential recycling unless approved by landfill management, prior to the arrival of the material on site.
- Electronics: Computers and other related devices.
- Freon Containing Appliances: Freon Containing Appliances can now be accepted for a fee of $50.00 each appliance. This includes Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers and Wine Coolers. Instructions for Stickered Appliances (Freon has been removed by certified company) and Non Stickered Appliances. See more detail on Freon Containing Appliances.
Unacceptable Recycle Materials
- Household generated sharps, lancets, needles and syringes are required by Michigan law (MCL 324.8905) to be disposed of in the proper manner. Check with your local fire station, or retailer, to see if they have a collection program available in your community.
- Plastics above #7, food-contamination, used oil mixed with gasoline, aerosol cans, printer ink cartridges (should be removed before recycling).
- Electronics are accepted, however, RLP does not accept televisions.
- Paint and stain cans. (Get more information on recycling these items)
Riverview Resident Recycling Hours at RLP
- Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Wed.: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (extended hours)
- Sat.: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
If you have any questions about Riverview Land Preserve or our recycling procedures, contact us at 734.479.5960.