Plastic

Plastic Bottles & Jugs

  • Most Curbside Recycling Programs and Drop-Off Recycling Programs accept plastic bottles and jugs. Please pay close attention to which kind of plastic is accepted in which program. 
  • Returnable Bottles: most grocery stores have Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) or accept plastic bottles sold in their store for return of deposit and recycling. 

Plastic Foam/Styrofoam

The word Styrofoam (with a capital "S") is a trademarked name for a certain kind of foam used mostly for construction purposes. Household foam items like foam food containers, packaging blocks, egg cartons, to-go cups, etc. are different. The household foam items can be recycled through the following local programs:

  • Southeast Berrien County Landfill Recycle Center: 3200 Chamberlain Rd., Buchanan, 269-695-2500, www.sebclandfill.com/recycle. Accepts: ice chests, foam cups, foam "to-go" containers, egg cartons, foam blocks. It does not accept packaging peanuts, soft foam or building material foam.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day: Accepts ice chests, foam cups, foam "to-go" containers, egg cartons, foam blocks. It does not accept packaging peanuts, soft foam or building material foam.

Packing Peanuts

  • Packaging Service Companies: Inquire directly with local packaging or shipping companies about foam (or other) packaging reuse.
  • Surplus Trading: 2700 N. M-63, Benton Harbor, 269-849-1800. Accepts: clean, dry packing peanuts.  
  • The UPS Store: 732 S. 11th St., Niles, 269-683-7320; and 717 St. Joseph Dr., St. Joseph, 269-983-5754. Accepts: clean, dry packing peanuts and other various reusable packing materials for reuse.  
  • ZBattery.com: 1826 Hilltop Rd., St. Joseph, 800-624-8681 or 269-983-7155, www.zbattery.com. Accepts: clean, dry packing peanuts and other various reusable packing materials for reuse.

Michigan Bottle Bill

Michigan is one of 11 states with a beverage container deposit law. Only "beverage containers" require a deposit and can be redeemed. The law states under MCL Section 445.571(b) that a beverage means a “soft drink, soda water, carbonated natural mineral water, or other nonalcoholic carbonated drink; beer, ale, or other malt drink of whatever alcoholic content; or a mixed wine drink or a mixed spirit drink.” Bringing beverage containers from out of state on which no deposit was paid in Michigan for the purpose of collecting a deposit on the containers is illegal. More information about the Michigan Bottle Bill can be found by searching "Bottle Bill" at the MI Department of Environmental Quality website.