One woman who chooses to use no recycle bin at all is Kim Cooper: "I don't know what labels to take off what bottles and what stuff they actually take."
What she calls annoying and time consuming, the city's Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service Chad Gamble says will be fixed with the "Single-Stream" process, which is cut down from Lansing's current seven stream program.
"What that means is if we came by your house and collected the plastics and threw them in a bin, then tin thrown in a bin, then paper thrown in a bin," explained Gamble. Now, a lot of the industry is going to single-stream."
Which includes Lansing, as soon as they can work out the details. This way, you can dump everything into one bin and new technology does the sorting for you.
On top of that, you can recycle more than before; including a wider range of scrap metal and plastic furniture and toys.
"The trial went fantastic. We found out that people love to recycle, they love the fact that it's easier to recycle and the fact that we came bi-weekly," continued Gamble.
That's not as often as the garbage man makes stops, but by making the recycling containers much bigger, it was a perfect solution for keeping the city's costs down and keep it easier to use, according to surveys.
Already, this idea is promising to Cooper: "If they could make it easier where you could just throw it all in, I might be more inclined to do it."
The city predicts the program could begin as soon as next year. It would cost each house about $90 per year. This cost could go down as more people become involved.