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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


​Broken Arrow Recycling has extended their paper and cardboard recycling collection program.  Collection containers are now located inside the gate and are available during Broken Arrow Recycling’s regular business hours.

Tuesday-Friday: 9AM-4:30PM

Saturday: 9AM-1PM

Cardboard and Paperboard

• Cardboard boxes (must be flattened)

• Cereal boxes

• Other paperboard

Mixed Paper

• Newspaper

• Magazines and catalogs

• Soft cover books

• Envelopes and junk mail

• Office paper

• Flyers, postcards, etc.

Any resident or business can take part by bringing the items listed above to Broken Arrow Recycling, located at 1100 Lincoln Rd., Allegan. Recycling cardboard and paper saves trees, reduces CO2 emissions, saves water and preserves landfill capacity.

For questions about this collection project, contact Broken Arrow Recycling at 269-673-2062. For information about recycling opportunities in Allegan County, please contact Rosemary Graham at 


​Interested in shaping the future of solid waste and recycling in Allegan County?  The Solid Waste Planning Committee has multiple vacancies. Find out more about current vacancies and fill out an application here​.

Solid Waste Planning Committee Vacancies:

Two General Public Representatives

One Environ. Int. Group Representative

One Solid Waste Industry Representative

One Solid Waste Industry Representative

One Township Representative

One City Representative

One Industrial Waste Generator Representative