America Recycles Day is Nov. 15, and the City of Battle Creek has gone one step further, proclaiming November 2021 Recycling Month.
During November, the City of Battle Creek will promote recycling by hosting a recycling poster contest with local elementary schools, posting recycling tips on the city’s and the Battle Creek Area Clean Water Partners Facebook pages, and publishing articles in the local paper.
From April to September 2021, Battle Creek neighbors diverted 660 tons of materials from the landfill through the city’s curbside recycling program. This equates to a football field filled five feet deep with recyclables. That’s a lot of recyclables! The volume of garbage collected during that same time would fill a football field to 42 feet deep. That’s also a lot of trash! Currently, around 60% of the city’s eligible households are enrolled in our opt-in recycling program. Curbside recycling carts are available to all single-family households within the City of Battle Creek at no additional cost to their solid waste bills. Sign up by calling Republic Services at (269) 216-8008.
For those living in Calhoun County who do not have access to curbside recycling, Calhoun County issues free recycling program cards for the C&C Landfill Recycling Center in Marshall. Program cards are available from the individual’s home municipality or township office, or online at calhouncounty.gov/recycling.
The “Calhoun County Recycling Guide,” also available on the website, is a valuable resource for finding ways to recycle items not accepted curbside or at the drop-off facility.
Here are a few Battle Creek recycling reminders:
· NO pizza boxes in curbside recycling carts.
· NO plastic films (like those around paper towels and water bottles) accepted curbside or at the drop-off sites. Meijer stores will take CLEAN plastic films, plastic bags, zipper-top storage bags, cereal bags and bread bags at the drop-off area near the store entrances.
· NO plastic toys, totes, kitchen items, etc. – even if they have the recycling symbol and a number. Only food, beverage, detergent and soap containers can be recycled curbside and at the drop-off facility.
For more information, visit bcwater.org/recycling and battlecreekmi.gov/recycling, or call the City of Battle Creek Environmental Services at (269) 966-3343