Resource Recovery Services & Information


Services & Information


**NEW** Resource Recovery Guide

The Resource Recovery Guide is an alphabetical guide to information on how to reduce, reuse, recycle, or properly dispose of items in an effort to divert from the disposal in landfills. The production of this guide is an ongoing effort and although the guide is far from complete, it is being offered as a work-in-progress, so that the completed items are available for your information, and if information is missing, we ask that you contact our office so that we may add it to this guide. Click here to go to the guide.

Greening Spring Cleaning

Mother Nature is finally sending in a wave or warm weather, with spring at its heels. The urge to open the windows, air out the house, and clean is starting to creep in. Before you take on the tasks to de-clutter, de-gunk, and de-clog, devise a plan to be eco-friendly in your efforts.

Mother Nature is finally sending in a wave or warm weather, with spring at its heels. The urge to open the windows, air out the house, and clean is starting to creep in. Before you take on the tasks to de-clutter, de-gunk, and de-clog, devise a plan to be eco-friendly in your efforts.

Michigan Green Schools Program

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners signed a Resolution to Support the Michigan Green Schools Program on June 9, 2009. the goal of Ionia County’s green School Program is to provide as many resources to the schools as possible; therefore, instead of designating one department or agency to oversee  the program, it is instead cooperative effort between the Intermediate School District and the County of Ionia via the Resource Recovery, Emergency Management, and Health Departments.It is our hope that with so many agencies available, we can help the schools meet their needs to become Green School Certified in the best way possible.Click here to go to the Ionia County Green Schools webpage.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection facility is open by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm, mid-April through mid-October. We also conduct five Saturday collections in different areas of the county. CLICK HERE our collection schedule. ~NOTE~ The HHW Facility is now closed for the season to most items; exceptions are oil, antifreeze, and lead-acid (auto) batteries. Appointments may still be made for the drop-off of these items, weather permitting. There is no cost to Ionia County residents for this service.

Wastes not accepted:

explosives, ammunition, latex paint, appliances, computers, business waste, radioactive waste, medications, tires, or any propane or other gas (not gasoline) tanks larger than 2 lbs

Contact the office for a schedule and to be put on the mailing list to receive updates on programming.

Old oil filters, antifreeze, and auto batteries can be recycled at our HHW Collection Facility year-round, by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am – 4 pm. Oil, antifreeze, and batteries can also be accepted at any HHW Collection. There is no cost to Ionia County residents for this service.

(oil filters must be punctured and drained)

The oil and auto batteries recycled through our facility help raise funds to help pay for our programming and services.

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Drop-off Recycling



Accepted items:

  • Ink-jet and laser cartridges
          • please include any mail-back labels, in case we cannot recycle them for funding
          • fax ribbon and toner bottles not accepted at this time

  • Unwanted small electronic gadgets
          • PDAs
          • Laptops
          • Game Consoles
          • Hand-held Games
          • mp3 players / iPods
          • Digital Cameras



  • Used household (non-auto) batteries
          • Alkaline – “flash-light” batteries
          • Ni-MH (rechargeable)
          • Ni-Cad (rechargeable)
          • Ni-Zinc (rechargeable)
          • Li-ion (rechargeable)
          • Lithium – button batteries
          • Small, Sealed Lead (Pb) Acid
          • and more…


These items also help us earn money to fund programming. They are also accepted at all HHW Collections.

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Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulb Recycling

Many people are now switching to CFLs to save energy, reducing their carbon footprint and their electric bills. Most people don’t think twice about tossing out a burnt out incandescent, but what to do with a CFL? CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and should therefore be recycled instead of thrown away.

Now you can recycle those old, burnt out bulbs right here at the office. We have a box next to the back door where you can deposit your CFLs. Please double bag bulbs in ziploc baggies, one bulb per double bag. If you have any questions, please contact the office. The CFL recycling box is available at all hours. There is no cost to Ionia County residents for this service.

To learn more about CFLs and other recycling locations, CLICK HERE.

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E-Waste Collection: Electronics Recycling

Tired of staring at that old or broken TV or stereo equipment? Is that old computer taking up too much space? Through a partnership with Comprenew Environmental, we have a solution. We will be holding two Electronics Collections this spring. CLICK HERE for the schedule. Contact the office for more information and to sign up for our mailing list. Businesses, big and small, call the office to find out what options exist for you!

  • Why worry about old electronics?
    Electronic equipment contains metals and other materials that can be hazardous to human health and the environment if they are not properly managed. For example:
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Brominated Flame Retardants
  • PCBs
  • Plastic

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Want to make your own fertilizer, potting soil, or just reduce waste? Contact the office today to receive a free booklet on home composting, Home Composting Made Easy. (While supplies last)

You can also visit our Composting site for information on how to start a backyard composting pile or Do-It-Yourself Compost Bins! Click here to go there now!




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Unfortunately, at this time we do not currently have county-wide recycling and our only local landfill, Pitch Sanitary Landfill, has discontinued it’s recycling program.

It is our goal to resolve this problem and create a program for our residents. Please feel free to contact your local Township Boards and your local County Commissioner to express your concern and your desire to recycle.

Although we do not have our own recycling options at this time, there are facilities nearby that take recycling for free. Click here for a listing of facilities and what they accept.

Find a recycling center:
 Also, try out the local Freecycle network, Ionia County Freecycle™ as a way to reduce waste and increase reuse!

Learn more about recycling at

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 We Need Your Help!

We rely on volunteers to help staff our special collections, such as those for HHW disposal and Electronics recycling. We need volunteers to help with traffic control, unloading vehicles, taking surveys, etc. Training is provided and safety is of the utmost importance. Refreshments and lunch are also provided to those who volunteer their time and abilities at our collections.

We hope to add more special collections to our list as we grow and will need help for those as well. Other volunteer opportunities may also be available.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out and return the Volunteer Application Form (PDF).

Want to lend a hand but you don’t have the time?


HHW Disposal costs an average of $51 per participant or 45¢ per pound of waste. Donations are accepted at the collections and in the office. Donations are tax-deductable and are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in donating to help fund our current programs and potentially help fund future programming. Checks can be made out to “Ionia County” and be mailed to

Ionia County Resource Recovery
50 E. Sprague Rd.
Ionia, MI 48846

Please write “RR Donation” in the memo of your check. Thanks for your help!

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Triple R Fun!

Come here to find ways to turn your trash into treasure. Fun for kids and adults alike!

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