Kalamazoo to commemorate National Arbor Day with the planting of ten trees in the City

To commemorate National Arbor Day on April 29, ten trees will be planted in the City in a collaborative effort between the City of Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University. 

The tree planting will begin at 10:00 a.m. near the corner of Stanwood Street and W Michigan Avenue on Western Michigan University’s campus. At 12:00 p.m. trees will be planted at Hayes Park, near the corner of Factory Street and Miller Road. Four trees will then be planted at Crane Park at 2:00 p.m. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend and assist with the planting at any or all locations. 

This event is possible with support and cooperation from Consumers Energy, Asplundh Tree Experts, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, and members of the City of Kalamazoo’s Tree Committee and Parks & Recreation Advisory Boards, and Western Michigan University’s Tree Campus USA Committee.

The City of Kalamazoo has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for the past 22 years.

New Recycle Coach mobile app puts recycling/trash collection info at your fingertips

If you are among the growing number of people who have a smartphone or tablet, you can now access garbage, recycling, and special waste collection program details at your fingertips, any time you want them.

The City of Kalamazoo is pleased to announce the launch of a mobile app and website plug-in containing all of the information residents need to know about our residential garbage and recycling services, tailored specifically to their neighborhoods.

The mobile app and website plug-in, developed by Recycle Coach™, provide the full range of information that is normally found on the City’s website or in the collection schedule distributed to residents. The Recycle Coach™ app provides another convenient alternative for when the printed schedule is not available and navigating a website is less practical.

The Recycle Coach™ mobile app and website plug-in provide residents with recycling, bulk trash, brush, collection schedules, all customized to a particular address or neighborhood. Other features include a search function, which allows the user to look up a specific item and find out if it is recyclable or not, and a ‘report-a-problem’ function that allows residents to report non-emergency municipal problems such as missed collections, illegal dumping, overflowing public garbage or recycling bins, potholes, burned out traffic or street lights, and more. The ‘report-a-problem’ feature utilizes the smartphone’s GPS and camera to locate and capture an image of the problem and sends the information directly to city staff.

The app is available for android and iphone users and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play for free by searching for “Recycle Coach”. Once downloaded, users can set up regular reminders for any of the city’s collection programs. Residents will never forget a collection day, which should help increase recycling rates.

This is a new way to connect with residents regarding our resource recovery and waste diversion programs. Information will be updated as necessary and will always be current. These new services are being added in addition to our existing communications.

Questions about water? Brief video provides water system & safety overview

City staff have prepared a brief informational video to answer some of the most common questions that have been asked regarding water quality and safety in Kalamazoo.

The four-minute video provides a broad overview of Kalamazoo’s water system and answers questions concerning its safety, what actions are taken to protect its customers, and how customers can have their water tested for free if they are concerned. The video also provides clarification on the reporting of lead levels as required by the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule.

“With the events and reporting going on in our state and nationally, many of our customers have expressed concerns about safety,” said Shannan Deater, Environmental Programs Manager for the City of Kalamazoo. “We hope this video will alleviate some of those concerns and help direct our customers to the resources that are available, such as free testing for lead and copper.”

The video and 2015 Water Quality Report are available at www.kalamazoocity.org/water-quality.

 

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