This site contains old information, and is being re-engineered for 3R Environmental Education. Recycling is now under the management of the County of Newaygo. We have restructured as 3R Environmental Education, and have many exciting programs in the works. Recycling for Newaygo County (RNC) has gone to its happy hunting ground. Thank you to all supporting members, businesses, municipal contributors, and foundations for your longstanding support in RNC’s efforts to make recycling services available in and around Newaygo County since 2004.



Our DONATE button will take you to 3R Environmental Education’s secure payment page, where you will be asked to fill in the amount of your contribution and identifying information for our funding and tax records. If you prefer, you may send a check to:
3R Environmental Education
490 Quarterline St.
Newaygo MI 49337

Please be assured that your online payments are secure. We do ask you to provide your name, address, phone number, and email address so we can send you tax receipts and keep you informed. We do not share your information.





The Gerber Foundation double matches donations to RNC by pre-July 1, 2002 retirees.

One of Newaygo County’s strongest supporters of recycling, and of the work of 3R Environmental Education.




WINNER! PSA Category, High School Division
Luke Cook, Michael Frey, Jordan Patin, and Leo Torres
Grant High School, Kyle Morrison, teacher

WINNER! PSA Category, Middle School Division
Noah Krouse and Spencer White
Fremont Middle School, Loren Edwards, teacher



The County of Newaygo maintains 6 single stream recycling drop sites in Fremont, Newaygo, Grant, White Cloud, and Garfield and Croton Townships. The sites were developed and maintained by 3R (formerly Recycling for Newaygo County/RNC) for about a dozen years until the County of Newaygo took them over in the spring of 2017. The County shut down the existing Fremont site due to illegal dumping, and in early 2019, launched a new, fenced and manned prototype site just south of Fremont. See our RECYCLING GUIDE for drop site hours, locations, and more.

3R works with the County in helping to recruit volunteers for the Fremont site. If you are interested in helping with one or two shifts per month, contact Drain Commission Secretary April Pickard by phone at 231.689.7213, or by email,

On the subject of illegal dumping, please respect and encourage others to respect your neighborhood drop site. “Contamination” is costly in time and manpower. You can help by volunteering, and the County also accepts donations to help fund the program. And of course, by following good recycling practices:

  • First things first, make sure your recyclables are clean; i.e. rinse out plastic containers and tin cans.
  • 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 wasted space in the bins.
  • DO NOT tie bags; try to shake the materials out. Materials must be able to flow freely down the conveyor line.
  • Absolutely no polystyrene (Styrofoam) may be put in the Single Stream containers. Polystyrene is accepted at the Fremont site.
  • DO NOT overfill the bins. Move to the back; chances are that end is empty.
  • Please, absolutely no garbage, construction materials, household furniture, kids’ toys (plastic or otherwise), pool liners, sheet plastic, old toilets, water heaters, refrigerators, waterbeds, car parts, tools, carpet, Christmas ornaments, etc. etc. (yes, we’ve seen it all).


For the past four years my 8th grade students at Fremont Middle School have participated in 3R Education’s Annual Art and Video Competition. For my animation class, this has been a great complementary exercise producing public service announcements for our community. Yearly, 40 to 50 students put forth their creatice energy and show their technical skills and their concern for a healthy environment. We are fortunate to have the 3R Education group an their director Linda Ritz White promote responsible conservation.   –  Loren Edwards, 8th Grade Teacher, Fremont Middle School

Linda Ritz White has presented the 3R Education Program for all the fourth grade classrooms in White Clloud for the last four years. Her presentations include: what is the environment; what are natural resources, why are they important, and could we ever run out; the 3Rs of environmental stewardship; the recycling loop; water, air, and earth pollution and their trickle-down effect; greenhouse gases and global warming; plastic islands in the oceans; deforestation and destruction of ecosystems, waste management, landfills, and hazardous waste; sustainability and renewable energy, and local initiatives. Linda comes with visuals and is very organized and extremely patient with the students. I hope this program can continue to e funded for the sake of our future and our future generations.   –  Lorraine Manchip, 4th Grade Teacher, White Cloud Elementary School

My 2nd grade colleagues and I have had the pleasure of having the 3R Education program presented to our classrooms for the past 3 years. This program introduces students to many important concepts revolving around The 3 Rs of Environmental stewardship, the inverted pyramid of waste disposal, and the recycling loop. Students learn about the importance of reusing, reducing and recycling. They are given hands on opportunities to learn about natural resources, why they are important, and how each and every student can make an impact on our environment. This program has been very educational for our students. They have enjoyed the presenters and I believe the program makes an impact on the student’s thinking about their environment and presents them with information that will hopefully make an impact in their lives. Our youth must be educated to make a difference.
  –  Candace Flauaus, 2nd Grade Teacher, Grant Elementary School

We moved to this area 3 years ago and were pleased that recycling efforts were established, ongoing, and easy to access. Since then, we have seen all the efforts 3R Education utilizes to educate school children and the general public on the necessity of recycling. We believe these efforts must be taken to the next level. Environmental sustainability based on established science should be a core curriculum element in every grade level. 3R has shown amazing resilience and ingenuity in making the most of available funds.   –  Grace Cameron and Kevin Boker, Newaygo

Trash becomes a greater issue all the time. Recycling can reduce “waste” by an impressive percentage. Teaching residents of all ages a out the need to care for our environment and the part each citizen plays in that care plan is necessary. If we don’t take care of our world, where will we live?  –  Evelyn Reed, Hesperia

I am more than happy to be among those writing in support of the efforts of 3R Education in our community! The Earth and its inhabitants face some very daunting challenges. Among these are the results of what has become a throw-away society. As an example, the Sierra Club recently pointed out that only about 9% of US plastic gets recycled while about 8 million tons of it finds its way into our oceans every year  –  Leane Blake, Fremont

Did you know

  • 75% of household waste is recyclable. On average, Americans recycle about 35% of the waste we produce. At a dismal 15%, Michigan’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.
  • More than 90% of all products sold in the US are shipped in corrugated boxes, totaling more than 400 billion square feet of cardboard.

Some of the things we do at 3R Environmental Education: