Lakeview Village Council tackling recycling change

By Meghan Nelson • Last Updated 11:00 pm on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

After the closure of recycling centers in Howard City and Montcalm Township, Lakeview’s recycling center (on the southwest corner of 2nd and Washington streets) has seen an overflow of recyclable materials. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

LAKEVIEW — In September, Recycle World in Montcalm Township discontinued service, and on Dec. 5, Howard City’s recycling center closed as well.

Now, Lakeview has started discussing future plans for its recycling center at the southwest corner of the village parking lot by Lakeview Post Office at 2nd and Washington streets.

Since the closure of the Howard City and Montcalm Township recycling centers, there has been heavier use — and more dumping — at Lakeview’s recycling center.

“There are all kinds of people coming (to the recycling center) that aren’t from around here,” Lakeview Village Trustee Dominic Trevino said.

At Monday night’s meeting, the Village Council discussed options for the recycling center, which is funded by the county with the exception of one cardboard container that was purchased by the village.

“I use (the recycling bins) continuously, and I get mad every time I go,” Village President Ed Winter said, referring to the overflow and dumping that the center has seen.

Trustee Dave Lund suggested moving the recycling center to the new Department of Public Works building at the airport, but Trustee Chris Fryover was concerned it would be even harder to manage dumping and overflow if it was less visible.

From left, Lakeview Village President Ed Winter and Village Manager Shay Gallagher discuss at Monday night’s Village Council meeting how to stop the overflow and dumping at Lakeview’s recycling center.

“We’ve been going ‘round and ‘round on this for a year. We really need to make a decision,” Lund said.

Trustee Steve Case suggested allowing new Village Manager Shay Gallagher to look into options and solutions.

“We need to talk to the county to see if this program has a long lifespan ahead of it due to the current fiscal situation before making a decision about moving it,” Gallagher said.

Four other 24/7 recycling centers are available throughout Montcalm County at the following locations:

• Carson City: Department of Public Works, 818 N. Williams St.

• Crystal Township: Crystal Community Center, 206 S. Main St.

• Edmore: Southwest corner of former Hitachi property on Quicksilver Lane off Neff Road.

• Stanton: Southwest corner of city parking lot at the intersection of Walnut and Camburn streets.

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