RECYCLING THEN…Since 2004, Recycling for Newaygo County has been a vision, a voice, and a vehicle for recycling in Newaygo County and “adopted” edging communities including Holton and Hesperia.
Our founding Director Bob Pinder and the founding Board of Directors did an incredible job developing services and operations, building a base of supporters, and bringing recycling passion to the people. RNC staff have processed, saved from landfills, and diverted to new manufacturing almost 19 million pounds of materials over the past 10 years.
The recycling mindset has grown and we’re diverting more and more re-usable materials. That’s great news and the direction we want to go! But the dollars we have to work with will not stretch far enough to sustain our very expensive processing operation.
After talks with local vendors and other community partners and much number crunching, RNC resolved late last summer to become a Single Stream recycling facilitator instead of processor. This means instead of transporting all the materials to our facility to process, we are contracting hauling services to take the materials directly to an automated materials recovery facility. We have contracted with Cart-Right, who also service the City of Fremont curbside, to take our materials to Kent County Recycling in Grand Rapids.
The conversion began in early December when we ushered in Single Stream at the Cherry Street drop site in Fremont. All 8 sites will be fully Single Stream by the end of January. Please scroll back up for instructions on using the new Single Stream Recycling Service.
- You may dump everything together into the same Single Stream bin. Refer to the labels on each bin describing and illustrating what is acceptable.
- Break down boxes to prevent clogging up the bins.
- DO NOT tie bags, and try to shake the materials out. Materials must be able to flow freely down the conveyer line.
- Absolutely no polystyrene (Styrofoam) may be put in the Single Stream containers. We will continue to accept polystyrene as well as other hard to recycle materials at The New Recycling Center located at Brooks Township, 490 Quarterline Road, Newaygo MI 49434.To start, the New Recycling Center will be open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays Noon to 5 pm, and Wednesdays Noon to 7 pm.
- Absolutely no garbage, construction materials, household furniture, or electronics may be put in the Single Stream bins. (We take electronics at the New Recycling Center in Newaygo).
- DO NOT overfill the bins or stretch the covers beyond the chain length. The purpose of the chain is twofold: to keep lids from blowing open on windy days, and to limit the size of objects that may be recycled in our bins. At Cherry Street in Fremont, our first single stream drop site, we removed an arm chair, an ironing board, Christmas lights, a shelving unit, dinner ware, even a toilet, and so on, as well as garbage. Please respect and encourage others to respect your neighborhood drop site. Kent County Recycling, the materials recovery facility accepting our materials, will reject them if they are not “clean”. This would be dire as…
At the collection sites, please refer to the sign and labels on the sides of every container describing and illustrating what can go into our Single Stream Containers.
…there is no other local alternative. PLEASE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY.
Thank you for recycling. Don’t forget to become a member if you’re not, and help us cover costs. Visit our Membership Page for fast and easy online signup and payment. You will receive your membership card in the mail.
Eternal gratitude to all who have helped us during this difficult transition period
A very special THANK YOU to KEITH BAKER, owner of JERRY’S TOWING, and staff including Eric for their generous help, giving RNC use of their heated garage in which to prepare our new single stream containers, and for helping with unloading and moving the bins around for us to work on.
Special thanks also go out to BRUCE SAUM from BRUCE’S GLASS, who donated his time to repair windows in the Cherry Street plant, where RNC has resided for the past 10 years.
Thank you to ART RICHARDSON of THE HANDY HELPER who is donating his time to help erect signs at the converted collection sites.
Thank you to the folks at BROOKS TOWNSHIP, from whom we are leasing our new home base, who have been tremendously supportive.
And extra special thanks go out to local philanthropist MARGARET (Peggy) STONE for covering the cost of 18 single stream bins, facilitating the speedy conversion of the sites.
Did you know . . .
- 75% of household waste is recyclable. On average, Americans recycle about 35% of the materials that could be recycled. At a dismal 14%, Michian’s average is one of the lowest in the country, and much lower than any other Great Lakes state or province. We can and must do better.
- Each one of us produces about ¾ ton of trash each year; that’s 4 pounds per day, not including the industrial and community waste produced on our behalf.
- One ton of recycled plastic saves 162 gallons – of oil.
- One ton of recycled glass saves 2,400 pounds of sand, soda ash, and limestone.
- One ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water. Those 17 trees can absorb 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
- One ton of recycled metal saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone.
- Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 46 gallons of oil. More than 90% of all products shipped in the US are shipped in corrugated boxes, totaling a staggering 400 billion + square feet of cardboard.