Curbside Trash/Recycling

Neighbors living in the City of Battle Creek have weekly, unlimited trash pickup; every-other-week recycling pickup (starting the week of May 6, 2019); and weekly yard waste pickup between late March and late November.

The city has a contract with Waste Management to provide these services, as well as special spring and fall cleanups, and more.

Questions about any of these services? Call Waste Management customer service at 866-797-9018.


  • Waste Management maintains a website specific to Battle Creek with the holiday schedule, service information, web forms to report missed pickups, and more. Check it out at this link: Waste Management for Battle Creek
  • New to the city, or otherwise need to look up your service day? Type your address into our interactive map, at this link: Trash and Recycling Map
  • Yard waste: Typically lasting each year from late March to late November, leaves and other yard waste can be placed at the curb for pickup on neighbors' regular collection day.
    Click here for more information on yard waste and leaf disposal.
Waste Management holiday schedule

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Do you have a trash or recycling question, and you don't see the answer on this page?

Ask Lizzy Paul, our environmental program coordinator, right in this web form.

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Curbside Recycling

**Please note -- The maps that go with the city's upcoming every-other-week recycling service will be available soon. Please come back for updates.**

 Curbside recycling is included in your monthly city utility 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. 

Questions? Contact Waste Management at 866-797-9018 or our environmental program coordinator at 269-966-3355 ext. 1889.
Also check out Waste Management's Recycle Often Recycle Right web page.

The city and Calhoun County coordinate on a variety of special recycling events throughout the year, for items like household hazardous waste, scrap tires, and more. See those on the calendar above, with more detail at the Calhoun County Recycling website.


  • Make sure your items are clean and dry before placing them in your cart.
  • No plastic bags in your recycling cart.
  • Keep all items loose in the cart -- do not place items in plastic or paper bags.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. If you are not 100 percent sure an item can be recycled in Battle Creek, throw it in the trash. This eliminates the possibility of contaminating your entire cart.

New recycle cart

What to recycle - English/Español - click image for full-size

Waste Management recycling guidelines

Recycling drop-off locations

For additional recycling needs beyond the curbside, check out the following locations for no-cost recycling.
For additional information on how to recycle specific items, visit

  1. Waste Management drop-off facility -- 4547 Wayne Road, Springfield
    Location accepts cardboard, plastics, aluminum, and glass. Please place items loose -- NO plastic bags.

  2. Calhoun County Marshall Recycling Center -- 13300 15 Mile Road, Marshall
    Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday; 9 a.m.-noon third Saturday of the month
    See acceptable materials guide at

  3. Calhoun County Albion Recycling Center -- 216 N. Eaton St., Albion
    Hours: 9 a.m.-noon Monday/first Saturday of the month; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday
    See acceptable materials guide at

  4. C&C Landfill -- 14800 P Drive North, Marshall
    Hours: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-noon Saturday (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day)
    Location accepts paper, cardboard, plastic, metal cans, and glass.

  5. Red Med Box -- Battle Creek Police Department lobby, 34 N. Division St.
    If you have unwanted or expired medications, leave them in the original or prescription bottle, cross out your name and address (but leave the medication name visible), and deposit in the Red Med Box.
    DO NOT deposit needles, thermometers, IV bags, bloody/infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, business waste (like from a nursing home), empty containers, or personal care products (like shampoo).

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