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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To stay updated on our Resource Recovery Program, visit www.allegancounty.org.