Holland, MI – The City is rolling out its new recycling carts beginning the week of April 12.
Residential refuse service users are receiving a brand new 96-gallon recycling cart delivered curbside. The first cart collection of recyclables for residents in Zone A will be the week of May 3, and the first collection for residents in Zone B will be the week of May 12. Residents may find their Zone at recycleholland.com or by contacting Holland BPW at 616-355-1500 ext. 2. Information packets are also attached to each cart that include a Zone map and collection calendar. Dan Broersma, Holland’s Sustainability Manager stated, “I believe this is a great opportunity and step forward in our recycling program for our residents.”
Holland’s new recycling carts are EcoCarts®, manufactured by Cascade Cart Solutions in Grand Rapids are made from 10% curbside recycled material. “The City of Holland is the first municipality to roll EcoCart® to their residential curbsides in Michigan. Our team is excited for this partnership with Holland; sustainability is a core value at Cascade and the EcoCart® is helping efforts towards the circular economy, said Brian Miller, Regional Sales Manager, Cascade Cart Solutions.”
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), and The Recycling Partnership awarded Holland grants totaling $418,832 for the purchase of 96-gallon curbside recycling carts. The grant dollars will also support a recycling education and outreach campaign focused on ensuring items placed in the recycling carts are able to be processed and made into new products.
The City established a Materials Management Taskforce to identify challenges posed by a changing recycling market to increase recycling participation and landfill diversion. The Taskforce gathered baseline data of the effectiveness of current recycling procedures. These findings led to the decisions to adopt a curbside carted recycling program.
The City of Holland asks that residents continue to do their part by not bagging any recyclables, and placing only accepted materials in their recycling, including aluminum and steel cans, food and beverage cartons, glass, paper products (including newspapers and flattened cardboard), and empty plastic bottles and containers. To help limit contamination, or trash in the recycling, please give food and drink containers a quick rinse and then place them directly into the recycling —no sorting or bagging required.
Some items that cannot be recycled include plastic bags, paper towels, electrical equipment, batteries, Styrofoam™, and clothing.
For more information on what can and can’t go into your recycling, visit recycleholland.com.