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  • Resource Recovery Service Centers

    Resource Recovery Service Centers

    The Ottawa County Department of Public Health operates four Resource Recovery Service Centers. Materials that are accepted at the centers include Household Hazardous Waste, Consumer Electronics and Recyclables.

    If you have any questions regarding services, please call (616) 393-5645 or email environmentalhealth@miottawa.org.

    Locations

    Coopersville

    15600 68th Avenue
    Coopersville, MI 49404

    Hours

    Monday: 12pm-4pm
    Wednesday: 8am-12pm
    3rd Saturday: 8am-11am

    2020 SPECIAL CLOSINGS
    Wed, January 1
    Mon, May 25
    Mon, September 7
     

    Georgetown

    6693 Roger Drive
    Jenison, MI 49428
    Hours

    Tuesday: 12pm-4pm
    Thursday: 8am-12pm
    1st Saturday: 8am-11am

    2020 SPECIAL CLOSINGS
    Sat, July 4
    Thurs, November 26
    Thurs, December 24

    Grand Haven

    16850 Comstock Avenue
    Grand Haven, MI 49417

    Hours

    Monday & Wednesday: 8am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
    4th Saturday: 8am-11am

    2020 SPECIAL CLOSINGS
    Wed, January 1
    Mon, May 25
    Mon, September 7
    Sat, November 28
    Sat, December 26

    Holland

    14053 Quincy
    Holland, MI 49424

    Hours

    Tuesday & Thursday: 8am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
    2nd Saturday: 8am-11am

    2020 SPECIAL CLOSINGS
    Thurs, November 26
    Thurs, December 24
     
     

  • Recycling

    Recycling

    recycle MIEnvironmental Health specialists work to provide Ottawa County residents with information about hazardous materials and recycling. Proper disposal at Resource Recovery Service Centers help prevent water pollution, which may lead to serious health risks. For a fee, Ottawa County offers residential recycling at the Resource Recovery Service Centers.

    12 months: $100
    9 months: $85
    6 month: $65
    3 month: $36

    More information is available on the membership form. For additional recycling information call 616-393-5645.


    Accepted

    Please clean all food containers and remove lids and labels.

    Newspaper
    Office Paper
    Discarded Mail
    Paperboard
    Corrugated Cardboard
    Books
    Magazines
    Phone Books
    Brown Paper Bags
    Metals
    Steel, “tin”, and Aluminum Cans
    Empty Aerosol Cans
    Clear and Colored Glass
    Plastics #1 - 7
    Projection TVs, CRT TVs and CRT Computer Monitors
    Not Accepted

    We are unable to accept any of these items due to restrictions at the sorting facility. Items such as these can jam or break sorting machinery.

    Plastic bags of any kind
    Packing Peanuts
    Plastic Edging
    Vinyl siding
    Printer & Toner Cartridges
    PVC Pipe
    Styrofoam
    Clothing
    Furnace Filters
    Items larger than a 5-gal bucket

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  • Consumer Electronics

    Consumer Electronics

    Electronics often contain hazardous materials that should not be landfilled or incinerated. They also contain precious metals, glass, and plastics that should be recycled. Donating or recycling electronics at any Resource Recovery Service Center, conserves natural resources and avoids air and water pollution. Computer equipment can also be recycled at any local Goodwill location.

    Projection TVs, CRT TVs and CRT Computer Monitors

    The Ottawa County Resource Recovery Service Centers now accept projection TVs, Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TVs and CRT computer monitors for a fee:

    • 30" and smaller: $10
    • 30" and larger: $20
    • Only credit/debit card payments accepted.
    • Recyclers MUST be able to assist in unloading. If you cannot, please return with someone who can help.

    If you are not sure whether your items qualify for recycling, please call (616) 393-5645 or email environmentalhealth@miottawa.org for more information.

    Locations accepting these items for a FEE:

    Comprenew
    11379 East Lakewood Blvd
    Holland (616) 355-4229
    (Charges are based on screen size.)

    Best Buy
    Click Here For Accepted Items
    3549 W. Shore Dr
    Holland (616) 738-4183

    4830 Wilson Ave SW
    Grandville (616) 532-2024

    5425 Harvey St
    Muskegon (231) 798-6407
    (Size limits may apply)

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  • Appliance Disposal

    Appliance Disposal

    Washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers and freezers need to be disposed of properly. Although Ottawa County Department of Public Health does not offer any appliance disposal programs, there are other environmentally responsible options. Residents can call Black River Recycling & Supply at (616) 396-8587 for more information on disposal fees and/or purchase of your used appliance.

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  • Household Hazardous Waste Program

    Household Hazardous Waste Program

    Improper disposal can contaminate. FREE household hazardous waste disposal is available to Ottawa County residents at any Resource Recovery Service Center. Household hazardous wastes are leftover, unwanted or unusable products that contain toxic, flammable, caustic (causes burns) or chemically reactive ingredients.

    Health hazards may occur when:

    • toxic gasses are inhaled from mixed products
    • hazardous products are left around the house and consumed by children or pets
    • hazardous products are poured into drains or toilets, causing contamination of septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems
    • hazardous products are poured into storm sewers and pollute bodies of water
    • drinking water from wells or water systems are contaminated

    Accepted

    Aerosols
    Pesticides
    Motor Oil and Filters
    Oil-Based Paint
    Drain Cleaners
    Mercury
    Fire Extinguishers
    Garden Chemicals
    Pool and Spa Chemicals
    Computers
    Solvents
    20lb Propane Tanks
    Household Cleaners
    Gasoline
    Paint Thinner and Stripper
    Flourescent Tube Light Bulbs
    Hobby Supplies
    Car Batteries
    Lithium Batteries
    Rechargeable Batteries
    Scrap Metal
    Televisions

    Not Accepted

    Latex Paint
    Tires
    Appliances
    Styrofoam
    Plastic/Metal Lids
    Food Containers
    Alkaline Batteries
    Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
    Plastic Bags
    Bulky Plastics

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  • Small Business, Non-profit & Non-residential

    Small Business, Non-profit & Non-residential

    We provide confidential, non-regulatory assistance and referral to properly manage industrial hazardous wastes. Our Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator program provides environmentally safe and economical disposal of hazardous waste at any of our Resource Recovery Service Centers. Appointments are required and a fee for services will apply. A conditionally exempt small quantity generator is one who creates less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste in a month or accumulates no more than 2,200 pounds total at a time.

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  • Medication Disposal

    Medication Disposal

    Prevent drug misuse and overdose. Free disposal of unwanted or expired prescription drugs and over the counter medications are accepted at participating locations. Please remove pills from bottles and place in a sealable plastic bag. Liquids or gels may be kept in original packages with the labels blackened or removed.


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  • Sharps Disposal

    Sharps Disposal

    Safe disposal of needles help prevent exposure to serious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis. Free Home Use-Medical Sharps containers are available to residents at any Ottawa County Department of Public Health office. Once containers are full, you may exchange them for new ones at our offices. Only sharps containers provided by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health will be accepted. We dispose full containers through a licensed medical waste disposal company, to reduce any health or safety risks.

    Click here for more information about the GR Red Project’s Clean Works Program – syringe access/needle exchange program.

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  • Used Motor Oil Recycling

    Used Motor Oil Recycling

    Each year, thousands of gallons of used motor oil is produced by do-it-yourself oil changes. Improper management of used oil can have detrimental effects on the environment. As little as one quart of oil can contaminate 2 million gallons of drinking water! Ottawa County residents can recycle used oil or any other automotive fluids (free of charge) at any Resource Recover Service Center.

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  • Latex Paint Disposal

    Latex Paint Disposal

    Unusable latex paint, while not considered hazardous, must be dried prior to disposal. When drying latex paint, always choose an area that is well ventilated, protected from the elements and not accessible to children or pets.

    For small amounts of paint, simply open the container and allow the contents to air dry. To solidify larger quantities of latex paint, mix in an absorbent such as cat litter. Mix in enough absorbent until the paint becomes difficult to stir and is no longer liquid. Allow to dry with the lid off. The container may be placed in the regular trash. Full, unused cans of paint that have not been frozen can be donated to Lakeshore Habitat Restore. Call (616) 399-7006 for more information.

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  • Mercury

    Mercury

    Mercury is a toxic element found in household devices like thermometers and thermostats. Mercury should be carefully handled to prevent mercury spills and should be properly disposed. Exposure or inhalation of mercury vapors can lead to neurological damage and several other health hazards.

    Mercury Containing Thermometers

    The Thermometer exchange mercury containing thermometers for a free digital thermometer at any Ottawa County Department of Public Health office or Resource Recovery Service Center. Limit one digital thermometer per resident.

    Mercury Containing Devices and Elemental Mercury

    Schools, homes, health care facilities, and businesses may have mercury containing devices such as barometers, thermometers, sphygmomanometers, mercury switches and elemental mercury. Please call (616) 393-5645 for instructions on proper handling of mercury and to arrange for disposal.

    Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

    Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) and fluorescent lights contain very small amounts of mercury in the form of a vapor powder. Local retailers may accept CFLs. To find an outlet near you, please visit www.earth911.com and use the search function for your area. Ottawa County residents can recycle four and eight foot fluorescent light bulbs (free of charge) at any Ottawa County Resource Recovery Service Center. A fee for disposal services will apply to businesses.

    Useful Links

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  • Pesticide Disposal

    Clean Sweep Free Pesticide Disposal

    Clean Sweep is a FREE, non-regulatory program to help you safely dispose of banned and/or unusable pesticides or herbicides. Any Michigan homeowner, farm, greenhouse, nursery, golf course or other end user of pesticides or herbicides can use this service. Old, unwanted, out-of-date or unusable pesticides or herbicides can be dropped off (free of charge) for safe disposal at one of our Resource Recovery Service Centers.

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  • Scrap Metal

    Scrap Metal

    More information coming soon

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  • Tire Recycling

    Tire Recycling

    More information coming soon

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  • Composting

    Composting

    More information coming soon

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  • Vehicles