Curbside Recycling & Yard Waste

New recycling program - April 2016

You won't have to worry about chasing after loose recyclables or about items littering the street or yard now that our new larger, covered recycling carts have been delivered!

The change to the recycling program is part of the city's new contract with Waste Management, our trash, recycling and yard waste hauler. Every resident has received a 96-gallon green cart with a yellow lid, specifically for recycling.

The larger container will help keep recyclables contained and dry. It allows for bulky items to be recycled easily.

Now that carts have been delivered, Waste Management will focus on pickup of the remaining old orange/green bins. Please place those at the curb on your regular pickup day.

Delivery of new and pickup of old containers was a bit hectic, with 17,000 customers, so thanks for your patience during this process. From the week before to the first week of new cart delivery, we recycled approximately 9 TONS more! Thank you, and keep up the good work, Battle Creek!
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New recycle cart
Curbside Recycling
Curbside recycling is included in your monthly refuse service bill. Simply place all recyclables together in bin and set at the curb by 6 a.m. on your normal trash pick-up service day. Feel free to place your name and address on your bin.

Questions? Contact Waste Management at 866-797-9018 or our environmental programs coordinator at 269-966-0712.
Also check out Waste Management's Recycle Often Recycle Right web page.

All rinsed narrow-neck and wide-mouth plastic bottles and containers (Number 1-7). Examples include: cat litter buckets, hair care bottles, juice bottles, large plastic pails, laundry soap containers, medicine bottles, milk cartons and molded kids' furniture. Caps and labels may be left on the bottles. No motor oil containers, plastic bags, plastic tubs from ice cream or margarine.
All color glass bottles and jars are accepted. Please rinse clean, labels are okay. No lids, light bulbs, window glass, ceramics, cookware, drinking glasses.

Empty tin or steels cans (soup, vegetable, tuna, etc.), aluminum cans, foil, pans and small scrap metal are accepted. Rinse, clean and flatten (if possible). No paint or aerosol cans.

Mixed paper & cardboard
Cardboard and box board are accepted; they must be cut down into 2-foot by 2-foot squares. Examples include pizza boxes, shipping boxes and food boxes (all food removed). No cardboard or paper items with metal edges or plastic. 

Sorry, no Styrofoam! Watch our calendar and for separate Styrofoam collection events.

Yard waste

Typically lasting each year from March to December, leaves and other yard waste can be placed at the curb for pickup on residents' regular collection day.

Items must be placed in specially-marked containers and/or paper yard waste bags (available at most grocery and hardware stores). Containers may be up to 32 gallons in size and should be clearly marked "yard waste only." Each bag or container may not weigh more than 50 pounds.

Residents also can rent a 96-gallon yard waste cart from Waste Management for an extra, monthly fee. Call 866-797-9018 for more information.

Residents also may take yard waste to Brice Pit, our compost site, at 715 W. River Road. Hours generally are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Please don't let leaves and other lawn debris run into storm drains on city streets.

2017 yard waste pickup

This year's collection will take place from March 27 to Dec. 1.

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Brice Pit

Brice Pit composting site