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.

Plastic Pill Bottle Collection

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baroda is collecting empty pill bottles for the Malawi Project. They are asking residents to collect their empty pill bottles, remove the labels, and drop the bottles (with lid attached) in the collection box near the main entrance at the Church. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to Noon and Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. If removing the labels is troublesome, the Youth Group can assist with label removal before the bottles are shipped to the Malawi Project. Do not drop off medications. This project collects empty pill bottles only. Learn more on the Malawi Project website or call the Church at 269-422-1449.

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.