City Rolls out new Recycling Carts

Going green in Lansing is CARTagious now that an easier, more efficient system has launched using new, larger recycling carts.

To celebrate the start of the new program city officials, CART (Capital Area Recycling & Trash) representatives, community supporters and more gathered on Monday, Sept. 16 in Washington Park.

“I’m so proud of the great work Lansing residents do each and every day to keep our great city and our planet green,” said Mayor Virg Bernero. “Lansing has been a leader in Mid-Michigan with the single stream recycling program and now we are taking it one step further. The new carts not only lead to a more efficient recycling program, but they will help residents recycle even more — keeping Lansing clean and green. Recycling is beneficial because it saves natural resources, conserves energy and reduces the amount of material headed to our local landfills. This program is another great example of how Lansing is leading the way in green technology.”

The larger carts mean City of Lansing residents can easily increase the amount of materials they recycle. With the new program, tonnage is expected to double, officials announced. Because the new carts hold more materials than the old green bins, they eliminate the need for multiple trips to the curb and are designed with easy roll wheels and a hinged lid that makes recycling effortless. They will be picked up curbside every other week. Residents are asked to recycle their old bins or keep for personal use. There is no additional cost to residents for the new program.

“The recycling carts will make recycling easier for residents and at the same time create a safer and more efficient collection system for the City of Lansing,” said Chad Gamble, P.E., Director of Public Service for the City of Lansing. “Truck operators will no longer have to manually empty bins, making their jobs safer and reducing injuries. The carts, along with the new fully automated collection vehicles, will create a much faster, more efficient collection process. Also, a more efficient collection means lower emissions and less wear and tear on City streets.”

CART’s mission is to provide an efficient recycling, yard waste and refuse collection system, which encourages environmentally responsible behavior learned through consistent outreach efforts, as well as continuous, community-based educational activities, all of which contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment and enhance the quality of life for those who live and work in the city of Lansing. For more info visit

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