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You can help us do better

It might surprise you to learn that 75% of our trash is recyclable. That’s ¾ of our trash, or 3 out of 4 bags that we put out at the curb. The national average of trash recycled is 32%. Michigan’s average is about 20%, the worst in the Great Lakes area. You can help us do better.

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8 drop sites for your convenience

We have drop-off sites all around the county for your convenience. We are at Grant Elementary, Brooks Township Hall, Garfield Township Hall, Croton Transfer Recycling Center, the City of White Cloud, Holton Township Hall, the Village of Hesperia, and on Cherry Street in Fremont.

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Think fuel, not garbage

Recycling services cost money, but we’re spending it anyway on trash disposal. Why not convert our waste into something useful and save our environment for future generations? Did you know, for example, that one ton of recycled plastic saves 162 gallons of oil?

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 . . .

      • 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 almost 4 barrels  –  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.
      • One ton of recycled metal saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone.

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