Curbside Garbage/Recycling

Republic Services is our residential curbside waste hauler

If you live in the Battle Creek city limits, you receive: 

  • Weekly, unlimited curbside garbage pickup
  • Every-other-week curbside recycling pickup (must sign up)
  • Seasonal curbside yard waste pickup (typically late March to early December)
  • Weekly, unlimited curbside bulk waste pickup (must wrap mattresses and box springs) 
    • Not accepted: commercial or residential construction materials, tire waste)
  • Spring cleanup (May); fall cleanup (September); live holiday tree pickup

To sign up for curbside recycling:

  • Call Republic - 269-216-8008
  • Send Republic an email -

In your email, please include your name, address, phone number, and email address. You will receive one recycling cart at no extra cost. Using either method, you can request to rent a trash and/or yard waste cart from Republic, at an additional cost.

Información en Español

Noticias de Basura y Reciclaje de la Ciudad de Battle Creek

Information in Burmese

BURMESE: Trash/recycling news for the City of Battle Creek

  1. Republic Services


    Sign up for recycling.

    Request rental garbage or yard waste carts.

    Report a missed pickup.

    Call for other customer service needs.


    Battle Creek Department of Public Works

    Environmental Division


  • New to the city, or otherwise need to look up your service day? Type your address into our interactive map, at this link:
    • Trash and Recycling Map
    • Be sure to have all your carts at the curb by 6am. Republic Services has until 6pm to service you. Please wait until after 6pm to report any missed pickups.
      • Remember to call 269-216-8008 for any missed pickups. 
  • Note that trash pickup is weekly, and recycling pickup is every other week. When you find your orange or blue week on the interactive map above, we encourage you to print the following:
  • Yard waste: Typically lasting each year from early April to December, leaves and other yard waste can be placed at the curb for pickup on neighbors' regular collection day. Yard waste will be collected from April 10 through December 8, 2023.
  • You must wrap mattresses and box springs in plastic bags before placing them at the curb for pickup. 
    • You can purchase bags from most local hardware stores and U-Haul Rental locations.  
      • We recommend checking your nearest store for availability.

Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is included in your monthly city utility bill. Simply place all recyclables together in your cart and set at the curb by 6 a.m. on your regular pickup day. 

Questions? Need to sign up for curbside recycling?

Contact Republic at 269-216-8008 or

The city and Calhoun County coordinate on a variety of special recycling events throughout the year, for items like household hazardous waste, scrap tires, and more. See those on the calendar above, with more detail at the Calhoun County Recycling website.


  • Make sure your items are clean and dry before placing them in your cart.
  • No plastic bags in your recycling cart.
  • Keep all items loose in the cart -- do not place items in plastic or paper bags.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. If you are not 100 percent sure an item can be recycled in Battle Creek, throw it in the trash. This eliminates the possibility of contaminating your entire cart.

Dark blue Republic Services recycling cart with light-blue lid

More recycling info

Recycling drop-off locations

For additional recycling needs beyond the curbside, check out the following location.
For additional information on how to recycle specific items, visit

  1. Calhoun County Marshall Recycling Center -- 13300 15 Mile Road, Marshall 
    Hours: 12-4 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays
    Stay in your vehicle, and place items in your trunk or truck bed. Please consider placing items in bags or boxes that can be left at the recycling center.
    See the acceptable materials flyer.

  2. C&C Landfill -- 14800 P Drive North, Marshall
    Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-noon Saturday (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day)
    Location accepts paper, cardboard, plastic, metal cans, and glass.
    Click this link to request a recycling pass.

  3. Red Med Box -- Battle Creek Police Department lobby, 34 N. Division St.
    Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-noon Friday
    If you have unwanted or expired medications, leave them in the original or prescription bottle, cross out your name and address (but leave the medication name visible), and deposit in the Red Med Box.
    DO NOT deposit needles, thermometers, IV bags, bloody/infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, business waste (like from a nursing home), empty containers, or personal care products (like shampoo).