Montcalm County establishing permanent recycling sites


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 5:21 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2012

STANTON— Montcalm County is now contracting with Republic Services for local recycling options.

Montcalm County is in the process of creating permanent unmanned recycling sites throughout the county, similar to the site at Leppink’s parking lot in Howard City.

Recycle World on the corner of Sidney Road and M-91 in Montcalm Township is no longer a drop-off location for recyclables.

The mobile one day per month drop-off sites will continue to operate until July 31 in Carson City (second Wednesdays), Crystal (third Wednesdays), Edmore (third Saturdays), Lakeview (fourth Wednesdays), Sheridan (first Tuesdays), Stanton (first Saturdays).

Howard City already has a permanent drop-off location in the Leppink’s parking lot, open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

Starting Aug. 1, the mobile one day per month drop-off sites will discontinue and new permanent unmanned sites will be created in Carson City, Crystal, Edmore, Lakeview, Stanton and one more yet-to-be-named location. Exact locations of the sites are still being considered, but will be released to the public as soon as possible, according to Montcalm County Resource Recovery Coordinator Jacob Rytlewski.

The permanent sites will feature four 8-yard low profile containers that will be emptied as they become full. The county is now using single stream recycling, meaning paper, glass, metal and plastic items do not need to be sorted. Sorting will take place at the Kent County Recycling Center.

“There has been much confusion and concern with this change in the program, but I am confident that once all the permanent sites are up and running the county will be better off than it was before,” Rytlewski  said. “The new program will offer residents more convenient access to recycling and will be reducing the amount of waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill.”

Rytlewski said the greatest concern expressed by community members is the potential for abuse at the permanent unmanned sites.

“People who recycle in our community care deeply about what they are doing and don’t want to see it get ruined by others who are just looking for an easy place to throw away their garbage,” he said. “It is unfortunate that a few rotten apples can ruin it for the majority. That being said, fines will be issued to those that are caught breaking the rules and residents are encouraged to call and report neglect.”

Call Rytlewski at (989) 831-7504 or email jrytlewski@co.montcalm.mi.us for more information.

Visit montcalm.org online for complete recycling site details.

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