The need to chase after recyclables on a windy pickup morning are in the past.
In the spring of 2016 Waste Management delivered to every city neighbor a 96-gallon green cart with a yellow lid, specifically for recycling.
The change was part of our new contract with WM, our trash, recycling and yard waste hauler. The larger container helps keep recyclables contained and dry, and it allows for bulky items to be recycled easily.
Since the upgrade, our neighbors are making a difference, with a 46 percent increase in recycling in 2016. From May to October of that year, neighbors recycled 431 TONS more than during the same time in 2015. That's nearly 1 million pounds!
Thank you, and keep up the good work, with more information below!
Curbside recycling is included in your monthly refuse service bill. Simply place all recyclables together in bin and set at the curb by 6 a.m. on your normal trash pick-up service day. Feel free to place your name and address on your bin.
Questions? Contact Waste Management at 866-797-9018 or our environmental programs coordinator at 269-966-0712.
Also check out Waste Management's Recycle Often Recycle Right web page.
Plastic All rinsed narrow-neck and wide-mouth plastic bottles and containers (Number 1-7). Examples include: cat litter buckets, hair care bottles, juice bottles, large plastic pails, laundry soap containers, medicine bottles, milk cartons and molded kids' furniture. Caps and labels may be left on the bottles. No motor oil containers, plastic bags, plastic tubs from ice cream or margarine. Glass All color glass bottles and jars are accepted. Please rinse clean, labels are okay. No lids, light bulbs, window glass, ceramics, cookware, drinking glasses.
Empty tin or steels cans (soup, vegetable, tuna, etc.), aluminum cans, foil, pans and small scrap metal are accepted. Rinse, clean and flatten (if possible). No paint or aerosol cans.
Mixed paper & cardboard Cardboard and box board are accepted; they must be cut down into 2-foot by 2-foot squares. Examples include pizza boxes, shipping boxes and food boxes (all food removed). No cardboard or paper items with metal edges or plastic.
Typically lasting each year from March to December, leaves and other yard waste can be placed at the curb for pickup on residents' regular collection day.
Items must be placed in specially-marked containers and/or paper yard waste bags (available at most grocery and hardware stores). Containers may be up to 32 gallons in size and should be clearly marked "yard waste only." Each bag or container may not weigh more than 50 pounds.
Residents also can rent a 96-gallon yard waste cart from Waste Management for an extra, monthly fee. Call 866-797-9018 for more information.
Residents also may take yard waste to Brice Pit, our compost site, at 715 W. River Road. Hours generally are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Please don't let leaves and other lawn debris run into storm drains on city streets.
2017 yard waste pickup
This year's collection will take place from March 27 to Dec. 1.