New Carson City recycling site announced

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 9:04 am on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

CARSON CITY — The Carson City Council has determined a new location for a 24-hour recycling site.

The new site will be located off Williams Street on Carson City’s Department of Public Works lot. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality denied the original location the city had chosen for the recycling site.

“Carson City originally planned to have the recycle site set up on the pad at the old refinery across from their DPW,” said Montcalm County Resource Recovery Coordinator Jacob Rytlewski. “The DEQ did not allow us to place a site there for liability reasons.”

Now that a location has been decided on, city officials area waiting for the arrival of the recycling bins. The bins will be placed off of a gravel drive at the DPW on Williams Street. City officials have yet to determine if they will pave the location.

“After a trial period, Carson City has the intention to pave the drive and recycle area, which will improve the site as well as improve access to the DPW,” Rytlewski said.

The recycling center in Carson City will be open for at least a couple of months before city officials make a final determination about laying a concrete pad.

“We looked at the site up there at the DPW and it is a lot more solid than our old recycling site,” said City Administrator Mark Borden. “We will see in a couple of months if we need to lay a concrete pad. This way we can see what works best for the public before making a permanent structure.”

A new recycling program began Aug. 1 across Montcalm County.

Howard City is currently operational located in the Leppink’s parking lot. The Edmore location will be next to the Police Department off Neff Road. Montcalm Township’s location will be at the township building near Turk Lake on M-91. Crystal Township will have a location at the Crystal Community Center on Park. The Lakeview location will be the city parking lot next to post office. Stanton’s location is the city parking lot in front of the library.

“The county recycling program will provide convenient access for residents to drop off recycling 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Rytlewski said. “No sorting is required for single stream recycling and we will have an easy to understand sign at each site to guide residents on how to recycle.”

According to Rytlewski, information about the new recycling sites can be found at online.

The sites are provided by Montcalm County but local governments will monitor the sites.

“The individual cities, villages and townships are needed for daily monitoring of the sites,” Rytlewski said. “To ensure that the containers are not abused, a collaboration between county and local governments is required.”

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