OUR VIEW: Recycling: Leading 
by example

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:15 am on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Most of us probably think recycling is a good idea — but it’s not always convenient.

Well, we won’t have inconvenience as an excuse anymore.

Montcalm County officials are preparing to establish six recycling sites throughout the county.

Starting in May and June, Montcalm County will be contracting with Republic Services to take charge of unmanned recycling sites in yet-to-be-determined locations.

Montcalm County has had an unmanned site up and running in Howard City since October 2011. The site is located in the northeast corner of Leppink’s parking lot and is open 24 hours per day. The 35-by-35-foot fenced-in area contains two 20-yard covered containers.

Republic Services will take over the county’s six mobile sites starting May 1 and will continue to collect recyclables one day per month for three months at those sites while educating residents on the changes and new processes of recycling.

The most important change? Recyclables do not need to be sorted or separated.

Accepted recyclables include paper (newspaper, office paper, magazines and corrugated cardboard boxes), clear glass, metal (tin cans, aluminum and other metals), plastic (with recycling numbers 1-7) and household batteries (alkaline, nickel cadmium, cell phone and button batteries).

Starting June 1, residents will have local access to recycling around the clock when the permanent unmanned sites have been established.

We commend our Montcalm County Board of Commissioners for taking the initiative to make recycling easy and accessible to all residents.

When Resource Recovery Coordinator Jacob Rytlewski was hired by Montcalm County last October, he told The Daily News one of his goals, in coalition with the Montalm County Solid Waste Management Planning Committee, was to increase the convenience and access for citizens to recycle.

“My determination to expand recycling options and engage the community ensures that Montcalm County’s waste management programs will continue to grow and improve over time,” Rytlewski  said. “I am proud to be a part of a program that will hopefully set the bar for rural communities and lead by example for other counties across Michigan.”

We’re proud to be part of a community that’s leading the way when it comes to recycling. Every little bit counts.

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