County recycling offers free events in Wayland, Hamilton

Residents of communities which participate in Allegan County’s Resource Recovery Program are invited to participate in free recycling events specializing in household hazardous waste, TVs and computers and other electronic items.

The events will be from 9 a m. to1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Wayland Harding’s, 300 Reno Dr., in Wayland; and Saturday, May 30, Allied Waste, 3310 M-40 Hwy., Hamilton.

Ben Williams, Allegan County Resource Recovery program coordinator, said, “It’s that time of the year—spring cleaning. We have all been there when you are cleaning through your garage, basement and outbuilding and end up with odds and ends that you do not know what to do with.  Items like old TVs, computers, pesticides, cleaners, paints,  that deck sealer that you were going to use and, of course, a gallon of old gas laying around since the 1970s.”

For a complete list of accepted materials and participating communities, visit www.allegancounty.org and select “Residents” and “Health/Recycling.”

This event is funded by the optional $25 surcharge on residential homes' winter tax bills.

“If you reside in a community not in the Resource Recovery Program, please speak to your elected officials about joining,” Williams said.

Resource Recovery has hosted similar events for around 20 years, he said, and has noticed a substantial rise in participation the last few years due to resident’s awareness of these events.

“This is the best way to get rid of all of your unwanted electronic and household hazardous waste items. In years past, unwanted paints and stains contribute to over 50 percent of the hazardous waste volume and old televisions make up 70 percent of the electronic waste volumes.”

In 2014, the program properly recycled more than 90,000 pounds of electronic waste and 20,000 pounds of household hazardous waste. 

Contact Ben Williams at (269) 686-4559 or email bwilliams@allegancounty.org if there are questions about the events.

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