In an effort to protect our environment and promote recycling, Calhoun County recycling efforts were stepped up in 2014 as the Calhoun County Public Health Department assumed responsibility of the Calhoun County Solid Waste (Recycling) program. By April 2014, the Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee was formed and efforts were on their way to renew registrations, locate potential sites for relocating current recycling centers, and partner with other communities such as Albion, the City of Battle Creek, and Pennfield. In January 2017, the Calhoun County Solid Waste (Recycling) program moved to the Calhoun County Community Development Department. Today, Calhoun County has five recycling facilities in Albion, Marshall, and the townships of Bedford, Clarence, and Pennfield. Click here for recycling locations and accepted items.
What is Recycling?
Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into reusable objects to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from landfilling) by decreasing the need for “conventional” waste disposal and lowering greenhouse gas emissions compared to plastic production. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” waste hierarchy.
Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper and cardboard, metal, plastic, tires, textiles and electronics. The composting or other reuse of biodegradable waste – such as food or garden waste – is also considered recycling.
Calhoun County’s Solid Waste and Recycling Program aims to reduce the county’s dependence on landfills by offering recycling and by educating county residents about reducing waste.