What We Collect

White & Colored Office Paper
Magazines & Catalogs
Corrugated Cardboard
Junk Mail

Plastic Bottles & Jugs (#1 & #2 only)
   caps removed)      
Styrofoam / Polystyrene

Glass Jars & Bottles (colorless only)

Steel Tin Cans
Any Metal Pieces

Used Automobile Batteries
Household batteries
Ballast (No PCB)

Special containers for collecting bottles and cans during special events are available to borrow. We have a paper shredder that is available for your convenience. Call us if you'd like more information.

Phone: 231.796.9872 / 231.912.9028

Address: 424 N. 4th Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307

Recycle of Mecosta County is now open both Mondays and Saturdays throughout July, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Amidst the ongoing pandemic threat the following changes and safety measures will continue to be observed:

  • All materials must be presorted prior to entering the normal recycling lot. That means cardboard, fiberboard, plastics (#2, #1), metal items (cans, metals), aluminum, colorless glass, styrofoam, newspapers and magazines, must be sorted in SEPARATE containers before entry. Containers will be placed outside the building for proper placement. People who have not presorted their recylables may enter the large south parking lot where we will provide plastic bags or cardboard boxes, to help them presort. Once presorting is completed, entry in the normal fashion (north gate) will be permitted.

  • Four cars at a time will be admitted into the normal recycling area.
  • Facemasks are recommended and social distancing is required.

  • Only Recycle Workers will be admitted within the building.

  • (Generous) Donations will still be appreciated and are NEEDED.

We will try this setup for this coming Saturday (June 6th) and the Recycle Board will reevaluate the success of this week's effort before trying it the following Saturday. Based upon the volume of recycling and the availability or volunteer workers we will decide whether we can increase the days accordingly, that we will be open. Check back at this website prior to Saturday, June 13 to see newest changes of operating hours.

     Welome to the information station for Recycle of Mecosta County located at 424 N. 4th Street, Big Rapids, Mi. This site is the source for our hours of operation, a listing of the materials we collect, and any bulletins regarding recycling events happening throughout the year.

A Fun Place to Volunteer!!
We're always recruiting happy people to volunteer and work at the center. You pick when you can come. If interested, stop by or text Phil Erlewine at 231-250-6459 (or email him at erlewinep@charter.net).

Local Businesses
We offer a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly pick-up service where for a reasonable fee, we'll come and pick up your recyclables. Why not join the many local groups and businesses for scheduled pick-up of recyclable materials?

Environmental Impact
In 2017 Recycle of Mecosta County saved 480 tons of paper products. Here's what that means environmentally:

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Recycle of Mecosta County
424 N. Fourth Avenue, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307     (231) 796-9872     (231) 912-9028