Delivery of Recycling Carts to begin Monday, September 18

Delivery of new 95-gallon recycling carts to City of Kalamazoo residents will begin on Monday, September 18. The new carts are part of the City’s conversion to a single stream recycling program, which will take effect on October 2.

Carts will be delivered to all residences that opted into the single stream recycling program. Notice of the change and opt-in information was mailed to each residence in August. Residents who wish to participate but have not yet opted into the program can request a cart by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the City of Kalamazoo’s Public Services Department at (269) 337-8215.

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 new collection schedule.

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   pdf View from the Curb (6.05 MB) .

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. Information is available at

pdf Single Stream Recycling Program Brochure (1.52 MB)

Fall Hydrant Flushing begins September 17


The 2017 Fall Hydrant Flushing Program will begin on Sunday, September 17 and continue through Monday, September 25. Most of the flushing will be done at night between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. with some additional day flushing between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Public Services Department personnel will flush the hydrants and mains to remove accumulated sediments. While flushing doesn’t affect the safety of the water supply, tap water may appear cloudy or discolored immediately after flushing. The City is advising residents to run their cold water in their bathtub or utility sink until it runs clear again, and is discouraging them from using their washing machines the day of flushing and for 24 hours after, since clothing could become discolored.

Periodic flushing is necessary to get rid of deposits that form inside the water mains.  Over time, sediment builds up on the inside of water distribution pipes, narrowing the path that water can flow through to individual homes and businesses. Flushing stirs up water in the mains and forces water and sediments out. By widening the path that water can flow through the mains, the flushing program will improve water flow, helping the City to better meet the needs of Public Safety fire personnel. Another goal of the flushing program is to make sure that all water supply systems work, including pumps, storage tanks, mains, valves, and hydrants.

If you have scheduled construction or maintenance projects during this time, please contact Robert McClenney at 337-8148 so that necessary precautions can be taken to avoid conflicts or problems.

You can view the Fall Hydrant Flushing Program schedule pdf here (436 KB)


City Commission Meeting to take place at Hays Park on Monday, September 18

The Kalamazoo City Commission will meet for their regularly scheduled neighborhood and business meetings on September 18, 2017 at Hays Park, located at 2001 Miller Road. On street parking is available near the park.

The neighborhood meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Before the meetings begin, residents are invited to come to the park for a community picnic beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Free hotd ogs will be provided by Smoked Down BBQ while supplies last.

A B&W Charter bus will be departing from City Hall at 5:45 and 6:45 to take residents to and from Hays Park for the meetings. The bus will return to City Hall following the business meeting’s conclusion.

This meeting will not be broadcast live but will be recorded and made available on the City’s YouTube Channel and played on Public Media Network after a brief production period.

In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be moved to the City Commission Chambers at City Hall. 

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