2018-09-23 / Front Page

Drop-off Recycling to resume

BY KRYSTAL MORALEE
Contributing Writer


Recycling organizer Jim Davis keeps a tally sheet at each collection to track who is recycling. 
Photo by Krystal Moralee Recycling organizer Jim Davis keeps a tally sheet at each collection to track who is recycling. Photo by Krystal Moralee MAYFIELD TWP. — The more than 300 people who utilize the Lapeer County Drop-Off Recycling twice a month are breathing a sigh of relief after the announcement that the collection will reopen Oct. 6. The drop-off was halted in June, after Rick Rhein was unable to find a place that would continue to accept the recyclable materials that were filling several of his trucks.

The drop-off recycling celebrated its five-year anniversary this past spring, and it wasn’t long after that when they were forced to stop accepting everything but Styrofoam, which is taken by a separate company. That left devoted local recyclers scrambling to find other places to take their plastic, paper, metal, glass and cardboard. Bins filled up in garages and people shared information on social media about different places that were accepting recyclable materials, while holding out hope that the drop-off recycling would soon reopen.


A small group of dedicated volunteers take recycling from cars and collect it in the back of a Rhein truck. The items are then transported to a sorting facility to be recycled. 
Photos by Krystal Moralee A small group of dedicated volunteers take recycling from cars and collect it in the back of a Rhein truck. The items are then transported to a sorting facility to be recycled. Photos by Krystal Moralee Organizer Jim Davis said Rhein was able to come to an agreement with Republic Services, which has three ReCommunity recycling stations in Michigan, the closest of which is in Southfield.

“We’re pleased that it’s back and it’s back on a sound foundation, I believe,” said Davis. “It was unbelievable the people that contacted me that wanted to do recycling, how important recycling is to this community. I was so pleased.”

The cost is increasing for collection, so the per-car cost for recycling on drop-off days will now be $4. That fee does not apply to residents in Hadley, Mayfield and Metamora townships, which cover the recycling fee for their residents. If you live in one of those three townships and would like to have your recycling fees covered, you must visit the township hall to pick up a recycling card.


Yellow signs mark the end of the driveway at the ReStore on the first and third Saturday of each month to indicate drop-off recycling is open for business. Yellow signs mark the end of the driveway at the ReStore on the first and third Saturday of each month to indicate drop-off recycling is open for business. Davis keeps a tally sheet at each recycling collection, and he said easily half of the vehicles at each collection are out of Mayfield Township, likely due to a combination of the facts that the township covers the fee, and the drop-off is at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which is located in Mayfield Township.

Acceptable materials include plastics, metal cans, cardboard, office paper (not shredded), newspaper, magazines, paper and cardboard food containers, and glass. Clean Styrofoam is also accepted, and should be separated from other materials. The rest does not need to be sorted, though it should be clean of food residue.

The drop-off recycling is made possible thanks to a small but dedicated group of volunteers, and Davis said they could definitely use more.

“If they want to be assured of having recycling in the future, we are going to need help,” he said, adding that it would be nice to have enough volunteers to allow them to work in shifts rather than the entire collection. “We’ve got four or five that we know are going to show up at 9 o’clock.”

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Davis at 810-245-0852.

The Lapeer County Drop-Off Recycling is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1633 N. Lapeer Road (M-24), in Mayfield Township, just south of Davis Lake Road.

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