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New Recycling Requirements for Allegan County Resource Recovery Program

Residents enrolled in the Allegan County Resource Recovery Program have new recycling requirements beginning January 1, 2020. Plastic bags and shredded paper will no longer be accepted after the New Year.

These new requirements are due to changes at the Kent County Recycling and Education Center. Many of the recycling items collected within Allegan County goes to the Recycling and Education Center to get sorted and bailed to be sold to recyclers as a commodity in the recycling market.
Plastic bags create operational challenges at recycling sorting centers, including shutdowns from the bags tangling around machinery and contamination of the bags and other materials. The best thing for plastic bags is to:

  • Try not to use them whenever possible
  • Recycle them at your local grocery store (such as a Meijer or Walmart).
  • Find other uses for them

Shredded paper at the facility is often too small to get detected and sorted accordingly. Only shred confidential documents that have to be shredded then put them in the trash.

A new flyer with these recent changes is attached to this release.

For details regarding residential recycling services, contact the Resource Recovery Coordinator, Rosemary Graham at To stay updated on our Resource Recovery Program, visit


​Monterey Township will be transistioning to curbside recycling as of April 1, 2020.  As of this date the recycling drop-site behind the township hall will close.  Any dumping will NOT be tolerated and violators will be ticketed.

Contact 269-793-3050 to get signed up for curbside recycling service.

Email if you have signed up and not yet received a cart.

See the attached FAQs for more information!


​“Curbside recycling participants of Otsego Township.  Collection dates in February and August on the 2020 Recycling Collection Calendar are incorrect.  Please place your cart at the curbside on your regularly scheduled week, which corresponds to your collection zone. 

 Zone 2 collection dates are February 14th and August 14th
 Zone 3 collection dates are February 21st and August 21st
 Zone 4 collection dates are February 28th and August 28th

Please contact the Recycling Coordinator at 269-686-4559 with questions.”


 These events are open to all residents of Allegan County.

Accepting residential tires only, no businesses.  10 car/truck/semi tires per vehicle.  No tractor tires will be accepted.

Saturday, August 1, 2020, 9am-12pm

Trowbridge Township Recycle Center, 913 M-40, Allegan, MI 49010

Salem Township Transfer Station, 4145 29th Street, Dorr, MI 49323

Saturday, August 8, 2020, 9am-12pm

Otsego Township Hall, 400 16th Street, Otsego, MI 49078

If you have more than 10 tires, please call 269-686-4559.