The city’s annual fall cleanup will take place next week – Monday, Sept. 17 to Friday, Sept. 21 – for City of Battle Creek residents only.
This cleanup period allows residents to place at the curb, on their regular trash/recycling pickup day, up to 10 cubic yards of construction waste. It will be picked up by Waste Management, the city’s trash and recycling hauler, at no extra charge.
All materials must be contained or, when appropriate (carpet and/or boards), must be bundled into four-foot lengths and securely tied. Items set out may not weigh more than 50 pounds per item/bundle.
Fall cleanup items include, but are not limited to: household doors and windows, furniture, mattresses and box springs (must be wrapped in plastic), carpeting, toys, miscellaneous rubbish and junk, and packaging. Glass should be in a cardboard box or other sturdy container, taped shut, and clearly labeled.
The following will not be accepted: Freon-containing appliances (including refrigerators and freezers), treated lumber, auto parts and engines, tires, oil and other vehicle liquids, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, oil-based paints, solvents, pesticides and herbicides, concrete, tree stumps, iron or steel cast iron bathtubs, or medical waste.
Latex paint may be dried out and thrown away with your regular trash. Please be sure the paint is completely dry, with the lid off before disposal. Adding cat litter or sand can help speed up the process. Mattress bags are available at no cost at City Hall (10 N. Division St.), and the Department of Public Works (150 S. Kendall St.).
Yard waste pickup at the curb continues through Nov. 30. City of Battle Creek neighbors, on their usual trash/recycling pickup days, can place yard waste in specially-marked containers, paper bags available from local retailers, or tied in four-foot bundles. As with fall cleanup items, none of those may weigh more than 50 pounds apiece.
See the city’s website, www.battlecreekmi.gov/recycling , for more information about recycling and other environmental services, or navigate to the City Government tab, click Departments, Public Works, Environmental Services.