Gear up for Meridian Township’s spring recycling event

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Do you have any items lying around your house that you have no use for? Now is the time to recycle them.

On April 21, stop by Chippewa Middle School in Okemos between 9 a.m and 2 p.m to take part in the annual spring recycling event.

The event is open to the public, and is mostly free (see below for further details).

Some of the accepted items include: phones, pagers, cash registers, bikes and bike parts, clothing, shoes, furniture (no rips or stains), dishes, sinks and washers.

“The event started in 2005, and it’s always been a citizen-led effort,” said LeRoy Harvey, the recycling and energy coordinator for Meridian Township.

Event organizers need volunteers to sign up for a three-hour shift in the morning or afternoon.

“Dozens of volunteers contribute their time to make this event a success,” said Linda Jones, a Meridian Township resident and volunteer for the event. “Meridian Township residents are very proud of their recycling efforts in general and a committee of volunteers called the Green Team. The ability of a community to demonstrate that they have active recycling programs is an important factor for many in assessing ‘quality of life’ of a particular place to live.”

Jones said that a record setting total of 110,000 pounds of electronics were collected in 2017.

LeRoy Harvey, a volunteer of the Meridian Green Team, helps load some items to be recycled. Photo courtesy of Meridian Township Recycling Committee.

Several volunteers come to the event to recycle some of their items they no longer use.

“I volunteer and recycle what I can not use, fix or reclaim for projects,” said Alicia Bleil, owner of Greenspace Design and Contracting in Haslett. “Volunteering is fun, I enjoy meeting people who are active and care about the world around them. I can network with folks. Working with young volunteers is energizing. And I occasionally rescue an item from scrap metal that can be fixed and used for work, play or art.”

Several items will come with a fee if you intend to recycle them. Those items include: $10 suggested donation for monitors, $20 for televisions ($40 for TVs over 36 inches), paint (liquid or dry) $1 per quart, $2 per gallon, and $8 per bucket.

For more information regarding the event, or if you would like to sign-up to volunteer, please visit

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