Are you recycling your electronics?

Did you get a new television, cell phone or personal computer over the holiday season?

If so, you are probably enjoying your new high definition digital picture, text messaging your BFF and web surfing to your hearts content. We need to interrupt your electronic utopia for just a moment and ask you to consider disposing of your outdated electronics in an environmentally responsible manner.

According to a recent Time magazine article, 80% of Americans toss obsolete electronics in the trash. Believe it or not, this adds up to 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers daily! Did you realize that a typical computer monitor could contain up to seven pounds of lead? Our landfills are cluttered with improperly disposed of lead, mercury and other toxic materials and some of it ends up leaking from the landfills and contaminating our planet.

If you would like a more environmentally friendly way to dispose of your electronics, please take a moment and consider the following options.

  • Sony, Samsung and LG will take back your used television sets at no cost to you. Each of the companies explains the process on their web sites.
  • You can also type the name of your television set along with the word “recycle” into the search box of your browser and find out if your brand has a recycling program.
  • will buy and resell your unwanted cell phones.
  • The Dell Computer Company recycles its equipment for free and Staples will accept any drop offs.

    Find out More Here.

Go here for more information on how to responsibly dispose of your e-waste, or to read the full article published in Time magazine.

Lenawee County and Tecumseh offer options for disposing of electronics responsibly as well.

Goodwill accepts all computers and computer equipment. Cell phones can be dropped off at the Tecumseh Police Station. The phones will be put to good use and possibly save lives as part of the Domestic Violence Program.

Twice a year the Lenawee County Solid Waste Department has a tire and electronic collection at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds. Visit the Lenawee County web site for detailed information on the recycling programs at

Lenawee County is working on the creation of a Drop Off Station (DOS) at the Adrian Landfill. Once the DOS is up and running, all of your e-waste can be dropped off and will be recycled. Hopefully in the spring, we will all be able to take advantage of the Lenawee County DOS.

Thank you for making the choice to dispose of your unwanted electronic equipment in an environmentally responsible manner. Don’t look now, but your carbon footprint is shrinking!

Garbage Collection

Please read the following guidelines for Solid Waste, Recycling and Yard Waste collection for your City. Should you have any questions or concerns about these or any of our other services please contact the Stevens Disposal & Recycling Services office at 800-779-0344.

Click here to view the NEW TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION SCHEDULE effective April 2019

EASTERN ZONE - Tuesday Trash & Recycle Pickup

WESTERN ZONE - Wednesday Trash & Recycle Pickup

Lenawee County Solid Waste Department Information - the links below have information that is helpful to all residents  for safe disposal of hazardous waste and recycle/reuse options. Or call for information at 734.271.6150.

ReDuce ReUse ReCycle ReBuy Opportunities

What & How to Recycle

Household recycling pickup is provided every week on your regular trash pickup day.

All of your recyclables end up at an Approved Recycling Facility, where they are sorted and shipped out for reuse.

Put all the recyclable paper together in Recycle Bin / or on top of Recycle bin. (can be put in a paper bag or tied)

Put all recyclable items together in Recycle Bin.

Please put your bins out before 7:00 a.m.

Click here for a list of acceptable items that can be recycled.

Acceptable Paper

Newspaper including color comics and inserts

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • “Junk mail” advertising flyers
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Brown grocery bags
  • “Boxboard” lightweight cardboard used in cereal, cracker and cookie boxes (please flatten)
  • Office paper and envelopes (white and colors)
  • Telephone books

Acceptable other Recyclables:

Plastic Bottles and Containers

  • Only containers marked #1, 2, 4, 5, 7 on bottom, such as milk and water jugs, laundry and hair care bottles, syrup bottles, wide-mouth tubs. NO unmarked or #3 & #6 plastics.
  • Clear or colors.
  • Rinse clean with hot water. Remove lids. Labels are OK. NO motor oil or chemical bottles. NO shopping bags.

Glass Bottles and Jars (Food & Beverages)

  • All colors. Remove caps. Labels are OK.
  • Rinse clean with hot water.

    NO window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, drinking glasses or broken glass.

Metal Cans from Food and Beverages

  • Tin, steel and aluminum
  • Rinse clean with hot water, labels are OK.
  • When possbile, remove lids and put them inside cans (for safety.)

    NO aerosol cans or cans which held hazardous products.

Garbage and Rubbish Service

Republic Services is very pleased to provide service to the residents of Tecumseh.

Household trash and garbage are picked up on Tuesdays in the Eastern Zone and Wednesdays in the Western Zone.
(See map for zone designations)  Put trash in sturdy plastic bags, securely tied, and put it at the curbside before 7:00 a.m. Please note that bags can weigh no more than 50 lbs. Note: Trash must be in plastic bags no trash containers are allowed. 

BULKY ITEMS: Collected each week along with your regular trash. Includes such items as mattresses, box springs, rolls of carpet (rolled, tied and cut in 4-5 ft. lengths), water softeners, furniture and large appliances.

REFRIGERANTS: Items containing freon (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers) must have a tag attached verifying that the freon has been removed by a certified technician.

EXCLUDED: We cannot take construction or demolition material, large machinery, fencing, motor vehicles, auto parts, or hazardous waste.

Yard Waste

State law prohibits yard waste going into landfills. City of Tecumseh residents can put out yard waste for pickup on their regular pickup day from March through the second week in December for composting at a state-authorized site. This includes leaves, grass clippings, garden waste and shrub trimmings. Put out yard waste before 7:00 a.m. It must be in one of the following containers:

  • Kraft paper biodegradable yard waste bags (available at many local merchants),
    securely closed.
  • Your own sturdy can with a lid to keep out rain. Containers must meet ANSI and GLWS standards. No larger than 30 gallons and no heavier than 50 lbs. On the outside clearly mark “YARD WASTE.” Put yard waste loose inside.
  • A yard waste cart rented from Republic Services. These are large, easy-to-use carts on wheels. For rental information, call Republic Services at 734.271.6150. If you use a cart or can, remove it from curbside by 8 a.m. the morning after pickup.

Brush and tree trimmings

Branches no more than 4 inches in diameter. They must be cut no more than 4 feet long, and tied in bundles no more than 1 foot in diameter and weigh no more than 50 lbs.Leave bundles at curbside for pickup. 

Home Composting

Composting is the natural process by which organic matter decays into a dark, rich and crumbly substance called humus, which makes an excellent soil conditioner. Tecumseh residents interested in reducing the amount of yard waste for pickup might want to consider backyard composting.