Plastic Bottles & Jugs

Please pay close attention to which kind of plastic is accepted in which program.

  • See CURBSIDE RECYCLING Programs in this guide.
  • See DROP-OFF RECYCLING Programs in this guide
  • Returnable Bottles: most grocery stores have Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) or accept plastic bottles sold in their store for return of deposit and recycling. The Michigan Bottle Bill is described below.

    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 Dept. of Environmental Quality website,

Plastic Foam/Styrofoam

  • Southeast Berrien County Landfill Recycle Center: 3200 Chamberlain Rd., Buchanan. Accepts ice chests, foam cups, foam "to-go" containers, egg cartons, foam blocks.  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.  Does NOT accept packaging peanuts, soft foam or building material foam. 

Packaging Peanuts

  • The UPS Store: 717 St. Joseph Dr, St. Joseph, 983-5754; Niles Store in Martin's Plaza, 683-7320; 239 E. Michigan Street, Paw Paw, 269-657-8080.
  • Packaging Service Companies: many packaging service companies accept clean packaging peanuts for reuse. Inquire directly with the company for instructions.
  • ZBattery: 1826 Hilltop Rd., St. Joseph. 983-7155.

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 Mon - Thur 9 a.m. - Noon and Sunday 8:30 - 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 about the Malawi Project at  Or call the Church at 269-422-1449.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9193 Cleveland Ave., Baroda, MI 49101


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