IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CHANGE TO SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING ON OCTOBER 1:
Delivery of new 95-gallon recycling carts to City of Kalamazoo residents will started on September 18. The new carts are part of the City’s conversion to a single stream recycling program, which will take effect in October.
Residents are advised that although they may receive their new cart as early as September 18, the carts will not be serviced until the single stream program begins in October. Until then, the smaller 18-gallon bins should continue to be used for pickup.
Each cart will be delivered with information about the recycling program, including which items can and cannot be recycled and the pdf new collection schedule (87 KB) .
Following the change to single stream, collection will change from weekly to bi-weekly. Households designated in area A on the collection schedule will have their first pick-up the week of October 2 and every other week thereafter. Households designated in area B on the schedule will have their first pick-up the week of October 9 and every other week thereafter. The recycling schedule and other program information is also available in the View from the Curb .
Residents are encouraged to download the free Recycle Coach app to get customized schedules and program information as well as information about which items are recyclable. Additional information is available in the pdf Single Stream Recycling Brochure (1.52 MB) .
The City of Kalamazoo encourages all residents to take advantage of our recycling program. If you do not already have a recycling cart, please call the City of Kalamazoo at (269) 337-8215 and we'll arrange for our contractor to deliver one to your home. To find out when your recycling collection is, please see the Recycling Map or search for your street below (If you live on a private street, as indicated below, please call the office at (269) 337-8215 for further details). If your collection falls on one of the following holidays, your collection and all remaining collections that week will be delayed one day, with Friday collections occurring on Saturday: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Information on recycling holiday items is available in this brief guide.
Recyclables should be out at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day, but set them out no sooner than one day prior to collection. Remove your recycling bin from the curblawn no later than 11:00 p.m. of the day of your collection.
Place paper items together (do not mix in loose with other recyclables):
- Magazines, paperbacks, catalogs, phone books (no hardcover books), paper (includes all colored paper, file folders and blueprints, please remove all metal or plastic binders), junk mail, envelopes, newspapers, cereal/tissue-type boxes, etc. Flatten and stuff paper recyclables in a paper bag to keep them from being scattered in the wind. Flatten, fold or cut corrugated cardboard into pieces no larger than 2' x 2'. Place cardboard items in the bottom or next to the recycling bin. Do not use plastic bags. Please use the recycle coach app below to determine if a particular item can be accepted.
Other commingled items:
- Aseptic containers (table top containers such as milk cartons and juice boxes), glass bottles and jars (remove all lids), tin/aluminum cans, foil, other kitchen metals, empty aerosol cans, plastic bottles and tubs with the symbols #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #7 (remove all caps). Please rinse out all plastic bottles, milk cartons, cans, juice boxes and glass containers to avoid unpleasant odors and help assure the marketability of the recyclables. Please use the recycle coach app below to determine if a particular item can be accepted.
Do NOT include any of the following:
- Plastic bags of any kind (no matter what symbol is on the bag), packing foam or Styrofoam (polystyrene) materials, bottles or containers that have held a toxic material such as motor oil, heat resistant glass such as canning jars, any glassware approved for the oven, hot foods or hot liquids, tissues or paper disposables, such as hand towels, paper plates, paper cups or any freezer food boxes.
The curbside trucks collect recyclables in two separate compartments -- one for clean papers and the other for a bottles and cans. The two-stream system allows the driver to quickly pack in 30% more materials per load. Full trucks "tip" their separate loads for automated and manual processing in the relative comfort of an indoor sorting facility. To speed collection, please keep papers separate from bottles and cans by stuffing papers in paper bags (no plastic bags).
The City of Kalamazoo is happy to parter with Recycle Coach to offer customized recycling information on our website, your mobile devices, or on the Recycle Coach website. The service provides customized collection schedules and service alerts, and can also be used to find out the best way to dispose of an item or report a missed collection. The service is available for free by downloading the app on iTunes or Google Play.
Drop off recycling site
Republic Waste Services' drop off recycling center at 3432 Gembrit Cir. is open to all area residents and businesses from Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The recycling center offers area households and businesses an opportunity to recycle newspapers, mail, magazines, catalogs, cereal box-type cartons, telephone books, metal cans, plastic bottles and jugs with narrow necks, colorless glass, brown glass, green glass and scrap metal. It does not accept motor oil or Styrofoam-like cups, trays, egg cartons, packing forms, and other polystyrene. However, UPS Store, Mail Etc, Mail Room, and Pak Mail accept clean, loose-fill packing peanuts for reuse.
Apartments, condos, and mobile homes can recycle too
Kalamazoo offers a free multi-unit recycling program for the managers, owners, and occupants of residential properties with five or more units. The recycling program, which is funded by the Solid Waste Millage, offers a variety of container sizes and pick up schedules based on need. Please note that property owners are responsible for communicating to their tenants that recycling carts should not be contaminated with household trash. Continued contamination could result in charges to the property owner or termination of the service. If you are not currently participating in the City’s recycling program, you can find out how easy it is to begin by calling (269) 337-8215!
Recycling at work
Paper is generally the most common "waste" material generated by a business, which is why most area businesses already recycle boxes and office papers. Give each work station a collection basket or box. Place larger containers near copiers, printers and fax machines. Use a staff meeting and posters to show everyone how to participate.
Fortunately, paper recycling is easy and can cut your waste disposal costs thanks to free drop-off recycling sites for paper and economically priced pick up services. Spending a nickel on paper recycling services can save a quarter by having costly trash dumpsters downsized or emptied less frequently.
Certain items that cannot be accepted by our recycling program may still be recycled, reused, or disposed of in other ways. Clothing, housewares, and other items may be donated to Goodwill, the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference, the Salvation Army, or Nuway. The Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Center accepts a wide variety of items including batteries, electronics, used motor oil, chemicals, explosives, and many others. Best Buy, Emerald eCycling LLC, and the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse also provide options for recycling electronics. Used, unmixed motor oil can also be taken to Pep Boys, AutoZone, Uncle Ed's Oil Shoppe (mixed oil can go to the HHW Center). Packing peanuts may be taken to Mail Room, Pak Mail, or the UPS store, and plastic grocery bags can be taken to Wal-Mart and Meijer. Tires are accepted by Discount Tire, Firestone, and Kzoo Tire Co. Propane tanks are accepted by Amerigas (larger size) or the HHW Center (smaller size). Please help to protect our environment by taking the time to safely and responsibly dispose of items.
Schupan and Sons will also accept and even pay for certain items including batteries (all lead acid and some lithium-ion & nickel-cad), computers, (including R2 RIOS certification to ensure data is thoroughly erased), house wires, aluminum gutter and siding, and appliances.
Goodwill Industries also accepts working and non-working computer equipment and peripherals.
When you shop
Buying products that are made from recycled materials is easy, considering the materials that you help collect at home and work are used again to manufacture every glass jar, every metal can, most cereal boxes, and most plastic shampoo and detergent bottles, and even a few high-quality and economically priced paper products. By collecting recyclables and then buying products made from your recyclables, you can make a real difference in conserving energy, reducing pollution, and supporting jobs.
Help keep our city clean
Bulk trash, garbage containers, recycling bins, recycling materials, or brush left or placed on the curb lawn outside of the designated time for collection could result in you being charged for the cost of its removal. Garbage containers (Herby Curby containers or recycling bins) may be placed at the curb "no earlier than 8:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled collection, and these containers must be removed from the curbside (or street side if there is no curb) not later than 11:00 p.m. of the collection day" (Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances, 15A-2(a)).
Solid Waste (quarterly trash or seasonal brush) deposited for public collection "shall not be deposited earlier than 7:00 a.m. of the day preceding the day of regularly scheduled monthly collection for the district in which such solid waste is deposited." (Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances, 31-21). Any solid waste, "which is not, for any reason, collected by the city or its authorized contractor on the day on which collection is actually performed in the district in which the solid waste is deposited, shall be removed from public view within two (2) days following completion of the regularly scheduled monthly collection for that district." (Section 31-22).
Violations of the above types can result in immediate corrective action being taken by the City without prior notice, with the expense for the corrective action being billed to the property owner of record (Section 22-4(f)). To report curb lawn violations, you may call Inspection Services at 337-8221. Questions or concerns regarding the City's monthly trash and recycling programs should be directed to 337-8215.