Assistant to the City Manager
The City of Sturgis offers curbside recycling to single-family residential and small multi-family residential units. The service uses grey recycling carts with blue lids provided to each property owner. Recycling is collected twice each month, with homes north of US-12 collected on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, those south of US-12 collected on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. On months with five Thursdays, there is no collection on the 5th Thursday. Recycling collection is completed by Borden Waste Away, a contractor of the City.
The City’s curbside recycling service uses a single stream method of recycling, so recyclable items do not need to be sorted, only placed in your cart. A list of items that you are able to recycle with this service, as well as those you cannot, is included on the flyer and with the calendar available below. Please be sure NOT to place garbage, building supplies (wood, siding, etc.), or medical waste (IV bags, etc.) into your cart.
Recycling carts should be placed out early on collection day, preferably Wednesday night. Make sure your cart is placed near the curb with the lid opening towards the street and that it is not obstructed by parked cars or placed too close to trees, poles, etc. Your recycling cart should be removed from the terrace area and properly stored by the end of the collection day.
If you need a recycling cart at your home, please use the link below or call (269) 659-7234. If you have questions about your recycling service, please contact Borden at 1-800-386-3313.
Pilot Battery Recycling Program
The City of Sturgis is offering a pilot Battery Recycling Program! Household batteries may be dropped off at the Doyle Community Center during business hours. A list of batteries acceptable for recycling can be found at www.batteryrecycling.com/battery+reference+guide+dry+cell/
If you live in an apartment complex or outside the city limits, you may not have curbside service. But don’t worry; check out some of these ideas for other ways to contribute:
- Ask if your trash hauler offers recycling services.
- Recycle plastic shopping bags. Several local stores collect these for recycling.
- Watch for opportunities to recycle electronics and hazardous waste materials. The St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee arranges for drop off services periodically at locations around the county. You can visit their website here.