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RecycleSmart Household Hazardous Waste & Pesticide Collection

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY RESOURCE RECOVERY DEPARTMENT (RecycleSmart) will conduct the spring Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) & Pesticide collection on Thursday, March 26 from 1:00 to 6:45 pm.

The online scheduling system is a convenient and the recommended tool to secure an appointment. An appointment is required and can be made at
or by calling the RecycleSmart Hotline at 231.941.5555.

This service is provided to Grand Traverse County residents at no cost, (up to 150 lbs., $1.30 lb. thereafter). Accepted material includes cleaning products, pesticides, mercury, moth balls, motor oil, pool chemicals, oil based paint, latex paint, CFL bulbs and more…

For more information visit are call the RecycleSmart Hotline at 231.941.5555.

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Bay Area Recycling For Charities, 2014 Take It Back “Recycler of the Year”

Grand Traverse County Resource Recovery (RecycleSmart) announced Bay Area Recycling For Charities (BARC) as the 2014 Take It Back “Recycler of the Year”. BARC will be formally recognized and a plaque presented at the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, Resource Management & Administration committee meeting to be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6 pm. Meeting location is the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, 2nd floor Commissioner Chambers.

Each year a local business is selected to receive the Take It Back Recycling Program “Recycler of the Year” Award for their commitment in assisting Grand Traverse County residents reduce, reuse, and recycle materials that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill.

Six years ago founder Andy Gale established Bay Area Recycling for Charities, a non-profit (501(3), offering comprehensive waste management services and compostable products for your home, business or event.

BARC accomplishments include:

  • Opened new recycling facility during 2014 located at 1732 Barlow St., Traverse City.
  • Accepts electronic devices that ‘plug in” or runs on batteries (Cell phones, Computers, TV’s, VCR’s, etc…)
  • Provides unique recycling solutions for difficult items such as used vegetable oil and bed mattresses.
  • Consistently provides updates to Resource Recovery staff for the Take It Back recycling program.
  • Promotes composting solutions rather than landfill alternatives.
  • Assist Resource Recovery staff in promoting RecycleSmart department programs and goals.

Andy Gale and Bay Area Recycling for Charities demonstrates what can be done by promoting and practicing waste diversion programs within Grand Traverse County.About the “Take It Back” Recycling Program

Introduced by RecycleSmart staff in 2008, the “Take It Back” recycling program is a convenient product return infrastructure, where consumers can return unwanted products for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal. The program has grown to 106 products listed with 64 participating local businesses. This information is available at the “Take It Back“ website link at and/or by calling the RecycleSmart Hotline at 941.5555

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DEQ: Money and Growth For MI Recycling Programs

Local recycling programs could soon get a boost–

The Department of Environmental Quality announced it would provide some $600,000 in grants dedicated to growing recycling operations through 2015.

This comes after Governor Snyder announced plans to double the state’s residential recycling rates from 15 to 30 percent.

Local operations, like this one in Grand Traverse County, say the extra attention means a lot.

“They can take that money and say, okay, this product is hard to recycle, so, let’s figure out a program and this is the grant money to do so,” said Adam Bolton of Bay Area Recycling for Charities. “It’s really crucial for us, for this grant money to help us sustain what we do and to really improve our efficiencies. So, also, what that will do is create local jobs.”

Experts say the money would allow for the creation of new operations in underserved areas and help existing programs to become that much more efficient.

By Charlie Tinker, Reporter – FOX NEWS

Fox 32

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