Manitowoc County

Recycling Center


3000 Basswood Rd. Manitowoc, WI 54220
Phone: (920) 683-4333





 Compost Sites

 Drop Off Sites

 Electronics Program

 Mercury Program

 Tire Collection

 Drug Disposal

 Hazardous Wastes

 Business Recycling

 Community Resources





Mission Statement: To provide materials recycling and recovery services to the citizens of Manitowoc County and to keep the public informed about recycling issues.



Welcome to the Manitowoc County Recycling Center Website.  The Recycling Center is also known as a Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Material recycling and waste reduction services are provided to the Citizens of Manitowoc County. Many commonly recycled materials are accepted on a year round basis and a variety of special collection and education programs are offered to better serve the community.  The Basswood and Woodland Compost sites are operated through the MRF.  We provide educational outreach to promote the important role that recycling and materials recovery has for now and the future. The MRF is operated in partnership with Holiday House of Manitowoc, Inc. serving people with disabilities since 1957.

November 15 is America Recycles Day and recycling is one of the easiest things that we can all do to improve our communities, conserve natural resources and create green jobs. 

In honor of America Recycles Day, we ask that you make it a priority to step up your recycling efforts this year. Start by taking a pledge at  Follow up by reviewing your local recycling guidelines or community resources guide to learn what you can do to recycle or properly dispose of different materials in our  guide. You can even take it a step further and start to practice reduction and reuse.

Thanks to Manitowoc County residents and businesses, there was 6.5 million pounds of paper and cardboard and 453,000 pounds of plastic bottles recycled at the local recycling center in 2015!  Despite these impressive numbers, there is still room to improve. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that in 2013 Americans recycled 67% of their paper and cardboard and 31.3% of their PET bottles and jars. 

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Help keep our communities safe and clean by participating in the Manitowoc County Drug Disposal Program.

Disposal Events

Saturday, October 22
Crime Prevention Day
Expo-Merchants Building
4921 Expo Drive, Manitowoc

Drop Box Locations

Manitowoc City Police Dept
910 Jay Street, Manitowoc
Open 7:30am - 4:30pm M-F

Two Rivers Police Dept
1717 East Park Street, Two Rivers
Open 8am - 4:30pm M-F

Our guidelines have changed to make this program more efficient and safe.  Participants should put their unwanted pills in a ziplock bag that is quart size or smaller.  Place the bag in a law enforcement medication dropbox or bring to a collection event.  Recycle or dispose of the empty pill bottle at home.  Liquids, cremes, powders, and inhalers can stay in their original container.  Help keep our communities safe and clean by participating in the Manitowoc County Drug Disposal Program.  For questions or more info call 683-4333 go to: Drug Disposal Program Details.


Beginning November 1, 2016, The Main Office will be closed on Saturdays and will reopen on Saturdays beginning April 2017.

Beginning November 16, 2016, the Basswood Road and Woodland Drive Compost Sites will have new operating hours. 

The Basswood Road Compost Site will be open Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am until noon. 

The Woodland Drive Compost Site will be closed until April 2017.

Curbside Recycling Guidelines

These guidelines are for curbside recycling picked up by your contracted hauler.  Be sure to contact your hauler for specific guidelines or curbside pickup of questionable items.  It is recommend to place plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans together in a brown paper bag inside your recycling bin to keep them separate from the cardboard and paper recyclables.  That way the paper bag can be recycled once it is emptied.

Plastic #1 and #2 Bottles - Bottles only; check for a neck.  Rinse and flatten. Remove the caps and rings when possible. No tub or pail shaped containers or bottles that contained oil or pesticide.  No plastic wraps, films, bags, trays, pails, packaging peanuts, Styrofoam, or any other non bottle shaped item. Please do not tie milk jugs together or tie in plastic bags.

- Food and beverage cartons including shelf stable and refrigerated cartons for wine, milk, juice, cream, soup and egg substitutes.  Cartons should be emptied, flattened and placed in with the plastic bottles.
Glass Bottles- Any color glass bottle or jar can be recycled.  No lids, caps or rings. Rinse out and remove labels if easy to do so. No window glass, light bulbs, clay, ceramics, drinking glasses or ovenware.
Cans - Tin, steel, bi-metal, and aluminum. Coated cans, foil and pie tins are ok. Remove labels if possible. Clean well and flatten.
Cardboard - Should be clean and dry, flattened and boxed, bagged or bundled. No cardboard coated with wax, tin, or plastic.
Paper - Includes newspapers, junk mail, magazines, construction paper, computer paper, books with metal or plastic binding removed etc.. Paper should be clean and dry and placed in a brown paper bag. No soiled paper, paper coated with tinfoil or glitter, glues colored with crayons or markers, or plastic wrapping paper.


Operated in partnership with:

Manitowoc County Department of Public Works

Manitowoc County Expo Center

Serving people with disabilities since 1957

Holiday House of Manitowoc Inc.