THE NEW RECYCLING CENTER: 490 Quarterline Road, Newaygo.     Public Hours: Tuesdays Noon-5 pm  |  Wednesdays Noon-7 pm  |  Thursdays Noon-5 pm.
Drop-offs of cardboard and shredded and office paper are welcome at no charge. Call ahead at 231.924.8544 to schedule help with large quantities.

Based on quantities of recyclable materials collected annually, Newaygo County’s recycling rate is estimated at 28-32%, significantly higher than Michigan’s approximate 14.5%. Michigan’s rate is in fact one of the worst in the entire country, and by far THE WORST of all the Great Lakes states/provinces – Ontario’s rate is 68.8%. The numbers speak for themselves.

While Newaygo County’s recycling mindset has far surpassed the state average, unfortunately, we have not developed a mindset to pay for it. While some townships are strong supporters, others contribute few or zero dollars to local recycling efforts. About 10% of users contribute annually to RNC efforts by means of a membership or as “Friends of Recycling”. If all users sent in just $50/year, RNC could not only continue to service all existing sites, but could expand services.

We are ever at risk of closing sites due to lack of funding. If you use RNC single stream collection sites, please become a member and help us pay for the service. You can pay online, or send your payment by mail to RNC at 490 Quarterline Street, Newaygo MI 49337. We also advise contacting your local and state governmental officials about supporting recycling in your neighborhood.



Since 2004, Recycling for Newaygo County has been a vision, a voice, and a vehicle for recycling in Newaygo County, and “adopted” edging community Holton.

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 in late 2014 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 contract with Cart-Right, LLC, who also service the City of Fremont curbside, to take our materials to Kent County Recycling in Grand Rapids. The conversion took place in December 2014 and January 2015.

See above for PDF links to instructions on using the Single Stream Recycling Service (2016 Recycling Guide), along with our brochure, business flyer, strategic plan, RNC fact sheet, and volunteer application. These may be saved or printed.



  • 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 accept polystyrene at 1) The Fremont Collection site on Cherry Street, and 2) The Recycling Center, located at Brooks Township, 490 Quarterline St, Newaygo MI 49434. The Recycling Center, which accepts batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and electronic waste, is 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, and please do not dump household items and building materials in these bins. 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 there is no other materials recovery facility within reach.
RNC Brochures and Recycling Guides are available on the sign board at each site. Pictures and descriptions of acceptable materials are on the sides of the bins.

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.

FACFlogoPlease join us in thanking the FREMONT AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION for their generous contribution to our operating costs in 2014-2015.

In addition, please join us in thanking BROOKS TOWNSHIP, lessor for our new Recycling Center in Newaygo, who are tremendously supportive.


We are so grateful to have Recycling for Newaygo County in our neighborhood. About 1 bag of trash to the landfill every 6 weeks for this family of 2. Keep up the good work in our schools and your educational efforts. We have been happy participants since the beginning of this effort.  –  Kathy Misak and Rod Geers

Last February, I broke my leg so I was unable to bring my recyclables to the recycling center for 2 months. I didn’t have a place to store it either. My trash can was full every week and sometimes over the top! When I recycle, it takes two weeks to fill the can!! I had been recycling for so long, I had forgotten how much garbage there is if you don’t recycle. I hope we never stop and that we keep looking for more ways to save our planet.  –  Shirley Utrup

I recycle both at home and at work. Being able to recycle at home reduces my trash by about 80%, resulting in about a tall kitchen garbage bag every two weeks. At work we recycle huge amounts of cardboard which would otherwise go into a landfill.  –  Charlie Johnson

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.

What Can I Recycle?


Pounds of Recyclables



RNC inception

in 2004




square miles

of cities



Household Users



at RNC







of Recycling