139 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo, MI 49117


We receive many questions asking if recycling is really separated from garbage and how it is processed. LAKESHORE RECYCLING & DISPOSAL works closely with recycling "plants" that processes our recycling. It includes a series of mechanical screens, magnets, eddy-current separators, optical scanners and hand pickers for  sorting and processing recyclable paper, glass, plastics, aluminum and metals. Separated items are collected and compressed into bales for shipping for further processing. As much as 98 percent of all the collected items are recycled. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ------>



  • Improves the neighborhood. Collection is more efficient and wear and tear on roads is reduced while safety in the neighborhood is improved.
  • Benefits the environment by reducing fuel emissions and landfill usage, and supplies manufacturers with usable materials.  
  • It helps companies save on fuel and operating costs and communities by reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. 
  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and combustion facilites.
  • ​Preserves our natural resources.
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations.
  • Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.




​1. KITTY LITTER: Certain brands of cat toiletry products are made from recycled newspapers, sourced from local centers whenever possible. 

2. SOAP: You may be surprised to learn that hotels don’t always throw out your mostly intact bar of soap left in the shower. Instead, services can clean the bars and send them to foreign countries where cleaning supplies are more difficult to come by. 

3. ROADS: Discarded roofing shingles are a growing resource for asphalt manufacturers. Recycled glass can also be used to help the reflective properties of highway markers. 

4. TROPHIES: Several companies are using recycled glass and even newsprint to make trophies. 

5. WINTER JACKETS: Wearing trash has never looked so good! The polyester lining in coats can be created from old plastic bottles.

6. AUTOMOTIVE PARTS: Your vehicle of choice has components made from recycled bottle caps and containers. Seat cushions, wheel liners, and splashguards are among the parts that use recycled materials. 

7. TENNIS BALLS: Some tennis ball manufacturing processes result in a lot of unused, shaved-off rubber. Rather than waste these shavings, companies can utilize the remnants to make up to two million extra balls a year. 

8. PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT: The durable “plastic lumber” of slides, swings, and other recreational equipment is often the product of High Density Polyethylene, the same kind of tough material found in milk jugs. 

9. BASEBALL BATS: Aluminum bats can be sourced from used aluminum cans. You’ll also find license plates, pie plates, and thumbtacks made from the highly versatile recycled material—heat-resistant and rust-proof, aluminum can be reused almost indefinitely. 

10. BRICKS: Grinding down recycled glass into “cullets,” or very fine shards can produce a material that’s perfect for use in bricks due to its smooth surface. 

11. SLEEPING BAGS: The toasty filling of a sleeping bag can be the product of recycled plastics or fiber materials. 

12. BERRY BOXES AND EGG CARTONS: The next container of berries or eggs you grab at the grocery store might have started as old newspapers.  

13. COFFINS: Several companies offer environmentally friendly coffins; some are biodegradable and made from recycled paper or bamboo. 

14. STADIUM SEATS: Chairs in major stadiums are already being made from recycled plastic and scrap iron, while older chairs can be donated to teams in smaller leagues. 

15. TOOTHBRUSHES: Some companies use recycled yogurt cups for the handles (Don’t worry: the bristles are new.)​