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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 rgraham@allegancounty.org. To stay updated on our Resource Recovery Program, visit www.allegancounty.org.

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​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 rgraham@allegancounty.org 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.”

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City of Wayland residents, beginning Tuesday March 31st your recycling will be collected every other Tuesday.  You can find your new collection dates on the attached calendar.

Wayland Township residents, your recycling collection day is changing!  Residents living north of 129th Avenue, beginning Tuesday March 24th your recycling will be collected every other Tuesday. Residents living south of 129th Avenue, beginning Wednesday April 1st your recycling will be collected every other Wednesday.  You can find your new collection dates on the attached calendars.

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​Following Executive Order 2020-21 to temporarily “suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life”, the Allegan County Resource Recovery Program’s Regional Recycling Depot Site operated by Republic Services and located at 3310 M-40, Allegan, MI will be closed until the order expires or the Governor issues an executive order that replaces Executive Order 2020-21.  Broken Arrow Recycling located at 1100 Lincoln Road, Allegan, MI will also remain closed until April 13th.  Please see attached notices from Republic Services and Broken Arrow Recycling. 

Illegal dumping at these sites will not be permitted.  Residents shall not utilize these sites while closed. 

Questions can be directed to rgraham@allegancounty.org.

  

​Attention Allegan Township residents the township clean-up day scheduled for April 18th has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions.  The township is seeking to reschedule this event.  You may contact Allegan Township at 269-673-5051 for additional information.