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 payable to:

        Recycling for Newaygo County
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.


SPECIAL THANKS in 2016-2017




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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


  • 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, kids’ toys (plastic or otherwise), pool liners, sheet plastic, old toilets, water heaters, refrigerators, waterbeds, car parts, tools, carpet, Christmas ornaments, etc. Yes, we’ve cleaned up all of these and more. Thoughtless dumping means increased labor and disposal costs, diverting needed funds from our primary purpose.
  • DO NOT overfill the bins. Move to the back; chances are that end is empty. 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.


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 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: