Starting in April, Battle Creek residents will have to put their recyclables on the curb every other week, instead of weekly.

Rates will stay the same and regular trash pickup will still be every week.  The change saves the city $159,000 per year.

The higher rates are a result of a change in policy in China.   China’s National Sword Policy means the United States and other nations cannot send plastic waste to China for recycling, after doing so for more than 25 years. Some municipalities have cut recycling programs altogether, or increased rates due to the increased cost of recycling. City officials believe the bi-weekly service is a good compromise.

City customers who consistently fill the 96-gallon recycling cart can choose to rent a second cart from Waste Management, starting at $3.25 per month. Call the customer service line at 866-797-9018 to do this. There also is a Waste Management drop-off recycling center customers may use at no cost at 4547 Wayne Road in Springfield.  The center accepts cardboard, plastics 1-7, aluminum, and glass.

Also available at no cost are the Calhoun County recycling centers in Albion (216 N. Eaton St.) and Marshall (13300 15 Mile Road). These locations accept many items, including Styrofoam No. 6.

Visit the Calhoun County Recycling website  for more details, or call 269-969-6395.

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Watch for more information on recycling in the city, and the program changes, between now and April. This Monday, Jan. 28, Environmental Program Coordinator Elizabeth Paul will give a recycling presentation at First United Methodist Church, starting at 7 p.m. You also can hear her on the  95.3 WBCK 95.3  at 7:50 a.m. on Feb. 11.

See more recycling information at the city’s website and the Waste Management website.