What We Collect

Paper
Newspaper
White & Colored Office Paper
Magazines & Catalogs
Corrugated Cardboard
Fiberboard
Junk Mail
Books

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

Glass
Glass Jars & Bottles (colorless only)

Metal
Steel Tin Cans
Any Metal Pieces
Aluminum

Other
Used Automobile Batteries
Household batteries
Ballast (No PCB)

Note
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







Note: Click Hazardous Waste Collection Dates and Sites for information concerning hazardous waste collection in Mecosta/Osceola/Lake Counties.


Recycle of Mecosta County is now open both Mondays and Saturdays, 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 depositing them to the appropriate exterior portals. Everything is clearly marked.

  • Six cars at a time will be admitted into the normal recycling area. There are now canvas carts in the parking areas to make it easier to deposit cardboard.
  • Facemasks and social distancing are required.

  • Only Recycle Workers will be admitted within the building.

  • Donations will still be appreciated and are NEEDED. We ask for a dollar per visit. Anything more is your generosity.


     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