Pursuant to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order 2020-21, the Charlotte Area Recycling Authority (CARA) center will be CLOSED FOR RECYCLING until April 13.

For those that depend on CARA for trash disposal services, the center will be open during limited hours for TRASH DISPOSAL ONLY. These hours are as follows:

  • Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Thursdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Please continue to store your recyclable materials as CARA will reopen with full services following the mandated closure. Remember: Dumping at CARA at any time is ILLEGAL and subject to a $500 fine.

Finally, stay home and stay safe.

Charlotte Middle School, Earth Day 2011

Recycling Center Hours

Day Hours
Saturday 8:00 am to Noon
Tuesday 8:00 am to Noon
Thursday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Items Acceptable for Recycling

The Charlotte Area Recycling Authority (CARA) is ran by the City of Charlotte.  The Recycling Center, located at 201 Hall Street , was first opened in 1995 for the purpose of providing a drop-off recycling center for the collection, processing, marketing and removal of recyclable items.  The Center is funded through donations, sale of recyclable materials and grants from Eaton County Resource Recovery.

The Recycling Center is always looking for individual and groups of volunteers.  Speakers for educational talks in schools are also available.  If you are interested in volunteering or scheduling a program, please contact the CARA Director at 517-213-1266.