City of Kalamazoo to convert to quarterly bulk trash collection in September

In September 2016 the City of Kalamazoo will convert to quarterly bulk trash collection. Monthly pickup will continue through September, after which collections will occur in the months of March, June, September, and December each year (the final pickup of 2016 will be in December).

This change will only affect the frequency of pickup. Acceptable items and permitted quantities will remain the same.  The program allows residents to place 7.5 cubic yards of bulk trash items (items that will not fit in regular household trash) for each pickup. A list of acceptable items and additional program details are available at

This change is being made to manage the increasing costs of solid waste programs without requiring additional resources.  The 1.8 mills currently assessed for solid waste programs would need to be increased to maintain monthly collection. A survey of residents conducted in 2015 indicated that quarterly bulk trash collection would still meet community needs, without raising rates further.

“This change will preserve an important service in our community without asking any more of our residents,” said James Baker, Public Services Director for the City of Kalamazoo. “Feedback has been that quarterly collection will be sufficient, and this change will allow us to pursue other services that have been requested by Kalamazoo residents.”

A grace period will be in effect during the month of October to ease the transition. Residents who leave trash for collection will receive a notice and be allowed two days to correct the issue. If the items remain on the curbside after this period, the City may take enforcement action and bill the clean-up cost to the property owner.

The updated schedule will be included in the bi-annual View from the Curb newsletter that will be mailed in August. City staff have been also been working with neighborhood associations, landlords, property managers, and community leaders to ensure customers are reached.

Residents are also encouraged to utilize the Recycle Coach app available for iPhone and Android devices and at This service provides a customized collection calendar for all of the City’s solid waste services and also allows users to report issues, receive important notices, and offers information about the proper way to dispose of household items.


Residents invited to community discussion of Kik Pool on Monday, July 25

The City of Kalamazoo’s Department of Parks and Recreation is inviting all interested Kalamazoo-area residents to a community discussion of the Kik Pool on Monday, July 25 at 6:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the pool and city staff and lifeguards will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate the discussion.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather community input and ideas for the pool, explore potential elements that could be incorporated, and assist in planning for the pool’s future. This meeting will be the first in a series of community input meetings regarding the Kik Pool and the beginning of a public engagement process to create a plan that meets our community’s needs while responsibly utilizing public resources.

Community members are strongly encouraged to attend and voice their opinions and ideas for the Kik Pool.  For more information regarding the meeting, please see the Parks and Recreation Department website at or call the office at 337-8191.


Patrick McVerry, Recreation Manager
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Fireworks & the Fourth of July in Kalamazoo

Independence Day is this Monday, July 4, but many organizations in Southwest Michigan will be hosting fireworks displays throughout the holiday weekend. MLive has prepared a list of fireworks displays taking place in the Kalamazoo area, which is available here.

Kalamazoo Public Safety would like to remind residents and visitors of the City of Kalamazoo that incorporating a few basic fireworks safety steps can provide for a safe and enjoyable holiday and avoid a disastrous injury or fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (based on 2000-2010 data), the risk of fire death relative to hours of usage is higher for fireworks than for cigarettes, making fireworks the riskiest consumer product. Fireworks, like bottle rockets, sparklers, and small firecrackers can appear harmless to children, but during the 30 days surrounding July 4, these kinds of fireworks injure an estimated 1,000 children under the age of 5.

If you do decide to buy fireworks, be sure to take the following safety steps:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging; often, this can be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Move away to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not gone off or fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time, then move away quickly.
  • After fireworks have gone off and fully functioned, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding, to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Additional safety information is available at

If you choose to celebrate Independence Day by enjoying consumer fireworks, please be respectful of your neighbors and abide by the regulations set forth in the City's Code of Ordinances. The use of fireworks is regulated by specific ordinances pertaining to their use as well as the general noise ordinance. 

§ 15-30. Consumer fireworks prohibitions

A. A person shall not ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks except during permitted hours on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday.
B. No person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks between the hours of 12 midnight and 8:00 a.m. of the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday, except that on New Year's Day no person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
C. No person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property or the property of another person without that organization's or person's express permission to use consumer fireworks on those premises.
D. Consumer fireworks shall not be sold to a minor.

§ 15-31. General noise prohibition

The ignition, discharge or use of consumer fireworks shall be subject to the general prohibition contained at § 21-6 of the Kalamazoo City Code, which addresses continued excessive or unusually loud noise, measured or unmeasured, which disrupts, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of any person within the limits of the City.

§ 15-32. Penalties

A person who violates this article is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.

Please be safe and respectful, and have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! 

City of Kalamazoo

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