RECYCLING and SOLID WASTE
|Location / Address
448 Court Place
Beulah, MI 49617
Monday — Friday
8:00 a.m. to noon
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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- 24 / 7 Residential Recycling
- Household Hazardous Waste Collections
- Electronics, Tires & Styrofoam Collections
- Community Educational Programs
- Business Cardboard Recycling Services
- Green Benzie Business Recycling Initiative
Benzie County is committed to environmental health through recycling opportunities,
household hazardous waste & electronic equipment collections, and educational
programs. The Recycling Program provides alternatives to residents and businesses
to properly dispose of solid waste and keep it out of the landfill whenever possible.
Single Stream Recycling Comes to Benzie County
Benzie County’s 24/7 residential recycling program just got bigger & better.
In addition to expanding the program to accept more items, you will now be able to
put recyclables together in one bin. This is called Single Stream Recycling, a new
system to increase the ease and convenience of recycling.
We’re making recycling easier for you but there are some guidelines you will need
to follow in order for the program to operate in a cost effective manner and keep
contamination levels down. If you transport recyclables in a plastic bag please empty
the bag so they fall loosely into the window of the bin. Clean tin, aluminum and
plastic containers may go in the same bin as paper & flat boxes. You may now
recycle all numbers of plastics, not just #1, #2 & #5. Look on the bottom of
plastic containers for a recycling logo triangle with a number inside it. There has
to be a # inside the recycling triangle printed on any plastic item in order to be
acceptable in the bin. The barrel to collect #2 plastic shopping bags is no longer
on site. Plastic bags with a # on them may now go in the bin with other recyclables.
Once again it is important to place them loosely in the window of the bin. Bags placed
in the bin intact make more work at the recycling facility because someone will have
to manually tear open each bag so all items can be properly sorted and processed.
Here’s what you can recycle together in one bin:
- Clean tin & aluminum containers
- All numbers of plastic including plastic bags
- Paper and flat boxes including magazines & junk mail
- Aseptic packaging (juice boxes, milk cartons)
- Polystyrene packaging that has a #6 on it (clean take out packaging, produce
trays, cups, etc.
- Shredded paper and mixed paper can still be placed in the bin inside a paper
- Plastic bags emptied of its contents and placed loosely in the bin. Tear open
your bag and let items drop into the bin.
Glass is the only thing that still has to be placed in a separate bin. Please
do not put
any glass in the single stream bin. This is necessary for proper processing of glass
bottles and jars. Glass does not get shipped to the same location as plastic, metal
and paper. It must be kept separate and deposited loosely in the glass only dumpster.
Bulk Styrofoam will still be collected separately at special collections throughout
year. Everyone is asked to continue using the school cardboard trailers when you
have a quantity of cardboard to recycle. Students receive money for cardboard collected
at the school trailers.
Upgrading our recycling program will increase recycling volumes, reduce waste, cut
down on trash disposal cost and save natural resources. You may now recycle more
and throw away less.
You may contact the recycling coordinator at 882-0554 if you have any questions about
the new expanded single stream recycling program.
- Almira Township Park on Ole’ White Road
- Benzonia at Save-A-Lot Shopping Center on US 31
- Beulah at Village Municipal Parking Lot
- Frankfort at 404 Parkview Lane (Industrial Park)
- Honor at the Road Commission on US 31
- Lake Ann Elementary School on Bronson Lake Road
- Thompsonville Industrial Park on Gallagher Road
“Cash for Cardboard” Recycling Program
A community program to collect and recycle corrugated cardboard is open 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week at Frankfort High School, Benzie Central High School, Betsie
Valley Elementary School and Lake Ann Elementary School. Packaging Corporation of
America in Manistee provides the trailers and pays students & community groups
$50 per ton for cardboard collected at these locations. Businesses, contractors &
residents are encouraged to support the youth of Benzie County by bringing clean,
flat, corrugated cardboard to these trailers. It is worth the extra effort to recycle
at the school trailers.
Residents and businesses should know about Benzie Organic Solutions (aka “The
Worm Farm”) where you can recycle shredded paper at no charge. Call Howard Kennedy
231-383-1980 for more information or drive to the worm farm to drop off your shredded
paper. Directions to the worm farm:
- Take Homestead Road east to Pioneer Road.
- Go through the stop sign, continuing east on Homestead Road.
- Turn right (south) at the 6th driveway east of Pioneer Road intersection.
- 1225 Homestead Road is the street address. Other than the green 911 address sign,
there are no other signs to indicate the worm farm location. Pull into the long driveway
to the building and drop off your plastic bags of shredded paper.
Solid Waste Advisory Committee
The Benzie County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) meets quarterly to address
the goals and objectives established in the Benzie County Solid Waste Plan and to
oversee the countywide 24/7 Residential Recycling Program. Continuous correspondence
and communication is maintained between the SWAC and the recycling coordinator in
addition to the regular meetings. The SWAC is kept informed of all activities of
the coordinator and of the program. Recommendations of operation are made by the
SWAC to the Benzie County Board of Commissioners for final approval and action.
See the Solid Waste Adviory Committee Web page.
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