Brush less than 2 inches in diameter is accepted. The Compost site is monitored by a camera system, as well as an attendant. If a resident is caught bringing in larger brush or stumps, your privilege’s will be revoked.
Compost Hours of Operation: 9 am – 3 pm
December: Will be open Saturday – to the 2nd Saturday of the month or until snow sticks on the ground
Will update website if compost site closes due to weather OR if changes are made to schedule
Prepare your Recyclables
Materials We Recycle
Materials We cannot Recycle
The following materials cannot be recycled at American Waste. Some items like lithium batteries are dangerous to the recycling facility and our employees. Please keep them out!
In Grand Traverse County, visit RecycleSmart for locations that can recycle these materials, or check the Michigan Recycling Directory.
Recycling right helps keep Northern Michigan green and provides Michigan manufacturers and mills with the high-quality recycled materials they need to make recycled products. We welcome you to take a behind-the-scenes tour of our recycling facility and learn everything there is to know about recycling in our area, including:
People often wonder if styrofoam cups and packaging material can be recycled at American Waste. The answer is Yes!American Waste customers CAN put styrofoam cups, containers, and packaging material in recycle bins and drop off containers.
So, if you get a new TV, the styrofoam that is used to package the TV in the box can be removed from the box and sent to American Waste for recycling. We also accept plastic film, bubble wrap, and other plastic that is used in packaging. But always please be sure to remove the packaging materials from the box. The box should be empty and flat when placed in the recycling bin.
YES, WE ACCEPT:
NO, WE DO NOT ACCEPT:
SMALL ITEMS DON’T MAKE IT
Our system shakes out items 2″ or smaller, so things like dental picks that are smaller than a credit card have to go in the trash bin. That’s why it’s best to keep lids on your containers. Take them off only if the lid is made of a material that is different than the container itself.
PLASTIC BAGS AND SHREDDED PAPER
The highest and best way to recycle a plastic bag is to reuse it, or return it to the store where you got it. If you decide to recycle your plastic bags curbside, please place all of your plastic bags inside one bag and tie it up, so the bags don’t make a mess or blow away. This is one of only two exceptions to the “do not bag” recyclables rule. The other: bag your shredded paper, do not place it loose in your bin.
Hardcover and paperback books can be recycled at American Waste. However, the highest and best use for books you no longer want is to take them to Blue Vase Books or Goodwill in Traverse City, or to similar locations in surrounding communities. Call your county’s recycling information line, or check the State of Michigan recycling directory for locations near you.
KNOW IT BEFORE YOU THROW IT
Wishcycling happens when you place an item in your bin, unsure if it meets the guidelines, but hoping someone will find a way to recycle or reuse it. You may hear the saying: When in doubt, throw it out. A better option: When in doubt, contact us or check the Grand Traverse County or State of Michigan recycling directory.