This was a difficult decision taken by the RNC Board of Directors, as our goal is to continue to expand recycling and the recycling mindset in our area. Newaygo County’s recycling rate, estimated at about 32%, is now likely to drop as we expect many Hesperia area residents will not travel to recycle at more distant sites. Newaygo County has been significantly ahead of most parts of the State of Michigan. MI is one of the worst states in the USA, at an estimated 14.5%, compared with a national average of about 35%. Compare this with Ontario, at 68.8 per cent. In 2014, Governor Snyder set a goal of doubling Michigan’s recycling rate by 2017, but Michigan’s rate remains unchanged as that date approaches.
Here in Newaygo County, we can be proud that we have surpassed by far the state average with our growing recycling mindset. Unfortunately, we have not developed a mindset to pay for it. We suggest concerned residents contact your village, township, county, and state officials.
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 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.
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.
Please 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.
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.