Recycling or composting ordinary waste helps protect the watershed by minimizing the amount of waste buried in nearby landfill sites.
Did you know?
Virtually all the solid waste collected in the watershed is buried in landfills within 10 miles of Glen Lake and the Crystal River. Although landfills utilize techniques intended to protect groundwater from waste-related contamination, if leakage occurs, pollutants can affect both the nearby groundwater and surface water.
What Can be recycled?
Paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass may generally be recycled. Please refer to the Leelanau County Recycling Guide for more details.
Where can i recycle?
Leelanau County offers a number of convenient locations for household recycling. Find a location near you, and see for yourself how easy it is to protect the watershed through your recycling efforts!
What Can be Composted?
Fruits and vegetables, grains, eggshells, and certain paper products (including unbleached napkins and coffee filters) may generally be composted. Composting organic kitchen waste protects the Glen Lake-Crystal River watershed. It not only reduces the volume of household waste placed in nearby landfills, but it lightens the load on your septic system.
Where Should I Dispose of Hazardous Waste?
Leelanau County sponsors a hazardous waste collection program. Contact the Leelanau County Planning Department to schedule an appointment.
Leelanau County Planning Department (231) 256-9812