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Charlevoix County Recycling Program - SINGLE STREAM recycling
Charlevoix County Recycling [Click here to view full size picture]


Most recent update: There is now a Goodwill clothing collection box located at the Charlevoix recycling drop-off site @ 1030 Grant Street.

RECYCLING QUESTIONS? If you need assistance please call Frank Shaler at 231.547.7221 or the Charlevoix Conservation District at 231.582.6193.

YES, you CAN RECYCLE boat shrink wrap in the recycling bins.


The June HHW event will be held: June 10th & 11th

New information will be updated soon, for some details, call the Charlevoix Conservation District Office:  231-582-6193.

Recycling site locations Top

Originally, six drop off sites were strategically located around the county. The Boyne City site is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. If you stop to drop off your recyclables and the bins are full, please come back the next day and do not leave your stuff piled up outside the bins. We realize it's inconvenient (after you've loaded up your vehicle and made the effort to recycle) and we apologize. Please note: leaving garbage, trash and unaccepted items at the recycling sites is a "ticket waiting to happen".

Beaver Island Transfer Station is located at 36770 East Side Drive, Beaver Island. Summer hours: Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Winter hours: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Boyne City, Charlevoix County Road Commission located at 1251 Boyne Avenue, Boyne City. Hours: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Boyne Valley Township located on Addis Road, west off US 131. Summer hours: Wednesday 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Winter hours: Wednesday 2 p.m. - dusk Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Charlevoix, Sheriff's Department located at 1030 Grant Street, Charlevoix. Hours: 8:00 - 8:00, 7 days/week. PLEASE NOTE: this site is located in a residential neighborhood. Breaking glass is noisey, please be considerate of the neighbors. Thank you. 

East Jordan Transfer Station located at the end of Nichols Street in East Jordan. Hours: Tuesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Plus - a more convenient 24/7 single-stream recycling bin has been located behind the emergency services building off Barlett Street.

Melrose Township Transfer Station located west of Clarion Village, across from the Marathon Station. Hours: Monday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. June/July/August only Friday 1 - 2 p.m.



For more information about the Boyne Valley Township Transfer Station, click BV Transfer Station.

For more information about the City of East Jordan's Transfer Station, click EJ Transfer Station.

For more information about the Melrose Township Transfer Station, click Melrose Transfer Station

What you can recycle Top
Single Stream recycling [Click here to view full size picture]



Cardboard compactors are still for cardboard only.

NEWSPAPERS including magazines, catalogs, telephone books, soft & hard cover books.
OFFICE PAPER, file folders, envelopes, junk mail, colored office paper, construction paper, manila envelopes, kraft envelopes, gift wrap paper.

CARDBOARD including corrugated & non-corrugated cardboard, pizza boxes, brown paper bags, cereal boxes, waxed cardboard, refrigerator & freezer boxboard (wet-strength layer).

GLASS all colors of glass food and beverage containers.

Plastic films, plastic grocery bags, "Styrofoam", shrink wrap, marine shrink wrap, stretch wrap, all plastic bags, cereal box liners, feed bags, pet food bags, chip & pretzel bags.

Plastic buckets, plastic toys, plastic furniture, garden plastic.

Plastics including #1 PET, #2 HDPE, #3 V, #4 LDPE, #5 PP, #6 PS and #7 Other, bottles, jugs and jars, also including all numbers of plastic household containers including wide-mouthed containers such as margarine and yogurt tubs, EMPTY motor oil bottles.

TIN-plated steel cans & ALUMINUM cans including foil & trays, metal jar lids, small scrap metal and wire hangers, EMPTY aerosal cans, EMPTY small propane cylinders.


NOTE: There are cardboard compactors located at the Boyne City & Charlevoix recycling sites, the East Jordan Transfer Station and the Melrose Township site (businesses are encouraged to use the compactors rather than the bins)

Please don't bring the following things to the drop-off sites!

NO batteries ~ they can be taken to the locations below.

Household Alkaline batteries are accepted at: True Value in East Jordan; Radio Shack in Boyne City & Charlevoix; Charlevoix Conservation District in Boyne City; Charlevoix County Building & Ace Hardware in Charlevoix and the Beaver Island Transfer Station.  NOTE: Bring to HHHW collections or to the locations listed above. Thank you!

These items are Not Acceptable Materials - please don't bring to the drop-off sites!

Juice pouches

Light bulbs, glass dishes, window glass, mirror glass

Packing peanuts or packing chips

Credit cards, Video tapes, CDs

What we take - specifically
Household Hazardous Waste Top
photo courtesy of Emmet D.P.W. [Click here to view full size picture]

To provide a means for Charlevoix County residents to properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), two Drop-Off Days are held per year. All hazardous materials are handled by Drug & Laboratory Disposal and are treated and/or processed for disposal and stored in compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations.

The very 1st HHW Day was held September 14, 2002 at the Road Commission garage in Boyne City. HHW Drop-Off Days have become a very popular event! Participants comments consistently demonstrate that the service is very much appreciated.

A big part of the credit for the success of the program must go to the volunteers who work to schedule appointments, direct traffic and unload vehicles. Their enthusiasm makes Drop-Off Days pleasant for everyone involved.

More detailed information pertaining to HHW Drop-off Days and pictures from past events are available on our Household Hazardous Waste page located at:



June 10 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

June 11 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


September 9 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

September 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The SPRING collection is always in June near Charlevoix and the FALL collection is always in September in Boyne City. For more information contact Alison at the Charlevoix Conservation District 231.582.6193 or email


HHW Informational Sheets
Cardboard Compactors Top
Cardboard compactor in Melrose [Click here to view full size picture] Cardboard compactor in E.J. [Click here to view full size picture]

The Charlevoix County Recycling Program purchased the first cardboard compactor in October 2002 & located it at the East Jordan Transfer Station.
In 2006, another compactor was purchased and located at the Melrose Township site, as the compactors require supervision (these are both staffed sites).
In 2012, the recycling program purchased two more cardboard compactors for use at the Boyne City and (new) Charlevoix sites. 


Businesses are encouraged to use the compactors rather than the cardboard bins located at the recycling sites.

The East Jordan site is open: Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Melrose Township recycling site is open: Monday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.& Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

The Boyne City recycling drop-off site now has an attendant on duty for operating the compactor, keeping the site clean and to assist recyclers. His hours are 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Businesses are encouraged to recycle their cardboard during these times. Thank you!

The Charlevoix recycling drop-off site now has an attendant on duty as well. His hours are 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Business are encouraged to recycle their cardboard during these times. Thank you!

Alkaline Batteries Top
Household Alkaline Batteries [Click here to view full size picture]

November 2002 - Household alkaline battery drop-off sites were established to collect used batteries between HHW Drop-off Days.

Locations include:
Conservation District Office, 303 North Street, Boyne City
Radio Shack, 108 Water Street, Boyne City
Radio Shack, 06520 M-66 Hwy., Charlevoix
East Jordan True Value, 201 Mill Street, East Jordan

Beaver Island Transfer Station

NEW - Ace Hardware, M-66, Charlevoix

NEW - Charlevoix County Building

Businesses That Recycle Top
Business window decal [Click here to view full size picture] Chad James, Van Dam Custom Boats [Click here to view full size picture]
Recycling GUIDE Top
Updated guide [Click here to view full size picture] Updated guide inside [Click here to view full size picture]

There's a new, updated Charlevoix County Recycling Guide available.

Found a mistake........

PLEASE NOTE: Melrose Township Transfer Station hours of operation -

June/July/August - Fridays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (NOT 5 PM)

My apologies!


Recycler of the Year Award Top

Since 2004, the Charlevoix County Recycling Committee has recognized a Recycler of the Year for outstanding recycling efforts they have made.
The first four awards went to local businesses that either: use scrap materials in their manufacturing process, or instituted a recycling program as part of doing business or for their employees at work.
While considering the 2008 recipient, a decision was made to establish two Award categories, A Business/Commercial Award and an Individual Award.

Previous award winners:
2004 Award to East Jordan Auto Parts in East Jordan
2005 Award to Boyne Country Plastics in Boyne Falls
2006 Award to Harbor Industries, Inc. in Charlevoix
2007 Award to East Jordan Iron Works in East Jordan
2008 Awards to the Beaver Island Transfer Station and to Bruce & Char Sanderson
2009 Awards to East Jordan Plastics, Inc. & Michael J. Webster
2010 Awards to Boyne Mountain & Laurie Leaman

2011 Awards to Irish Boat Shop & Pat Carey

2012 Awards to Boyne City Schools & Shirley Roloff

2013 Awards to Van Dam Custom Boats & Diane Gustin


Individual Award Winner Top
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2013 Individual Award Recipient

Diane Gustin

Diane was a member of the Charlevoix County Recycling Committee for 10 years during which she contributed numerous ideas & volunteer hours. She was involved in getting sponsors for the recycling REWARDS program, she gathered volunteer support from local garden clubs to coordinate a plant plastic collection with East Jordan Plastics, she's been very helpful during HHHW events and was instrumental in lining up another vendor to collect latex paint, which saved the county several thousand dollars in addition to making arrangements for being paid a penny per pound on electronics collected. Her most recent contribution, arranging for the collection of textiles and clothing from Beaver Island which the Salvation Army will send overseas. Diane has been an inspiration and tireless worker towards a strong & successful recycling program in Charlevoix County. Her efforts are greatly appreciated! Congratulations Diane Gustin, 2013 Individual Recycler of the Year.

Business/Commercial Award Winner Top
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2013 Commercial Award Recipient
Van Dam Custom Boats, Boyne City


Steve and Ben Van Dam of Van Dam Custom Boats have been avid recyclers for many years. They've been doing a great job recycling scrap metals from the machine shop, sheet plastics, cardboard, and other random items.

Last last year, employee Chad James contacted the recycling committee interested in a "This Business Recycles" decal. He had stepped up the recycling efforts at work, getting everyone more involved and setting up recycling containers around the business. Without a doubt they met the criteria for receiving a decal, in fact they now recycle so much it has reduced their dumpster pickup to a bi-weekly schedule!

In December they received the decal to proudly display in the window. They are very lucky to have an employee like Chad, so passionate about recycling and protecting the environment. Van Dam Custom Boats thanks the County for making recycling so convenient for the community & the County thanks them for their stewardship! Congratulations. 

Additional Recycling Information Top


More about RE-USING............

APPLIANCES: Try repairing old appliances when possible. If it can't be fixed, recycle it. Before disposing of an appliance with refrigerant, the Freon must be removed by a licensed individual. Drop off free-of-charge at either:

East Jordan Auto Parts in East Jordan

Brooks Appliance in Boyne City


BOOKS: Some bookstores buy & sell used books. Consider donating used books to district or school libraries, or to charity stores for resale. They can be recycled at the drop off sites as well. For more information check out these links:

Local Flavor:

Pine River Books LLC:

Round Lake Bookstore:

Beaver Island District Library:;

Boyne District Library:;

Charlevoix Public Library:;

Crooked Tree District Library:

Jordan Valley District Library:

CLOTHING & FURNITURE: Support used clothing & furniture resale at charity stores, garage sales, or consignment stores. Use stained or holey clothes as rags.  For more ideas, check out these links:

Challenge Mountain Resale Shop:

Consign Design:

Crossroads Resale Shop:

Rainbow Thrift Shop:

Goodwill Industries:;

SCRAP METAL: Check with your local transfer station if applicable, Boyne Valley Township & Melrose Township & City of East Jordan. You may be able to drop off scrap metal items there. OR, utilize one of the local dealers. Follow these links for more information:

East Jordan Auto Parts:

JKW Salvage:


Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity:

Accepts building materials, household items, furniture & more!




used motor oil

Did you know? that the used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water - a year's supply for 50 people!

Factoid: if all the oil from American do-it-yourself oil changers were recycled, it would be enough motor oil for more than 50 million cars a year. (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

No need to wait around for the next HHW collection to get rid of that used motor oil!!!!!!!!!

We are very pleased to announce that the following local businesses will accept used motor oil from the public. In fact any service station or oil change place that collects used motor oil for recycling.

Click here for more information about recycling used motor oil!


Boyne 10 Minute Oil Change

1140 S. M-75 in Boyne City



Performance Plus Quick Lube

6525 M-66 N. in Charlevoix



Route 66 Oil & Lube Exchange

4645 S. M-66 in East Jordan



Integrity Car Care

6907 Marion Center Rd. in Charlevoix



Eriksen's 131

2525 US 131, Boyne Falls



Complete Muffler & Auto Service

6823 US 31 S., Charlevoix



Medicine Disposal (including controlled substances) Top
Drop off any time throughout the year! [Click here to view full size picture]

There has been growing concern about the effects of medicines in our waters. Many studies in the last ten years have detected pharmaceutical compounds in treated wastewater effuelent, rivers, lakes, and ground water.

Properly getting rid of unused medicines reduces the environmental risks, the risk of medications left unattended having tragic consequences, and the risk that prescriptions will be mishandled and end up on the street.

P.O.D. collection boxes

A secure, convenient, and environmentally sound option for the disposal of unused and unwanted household medications.

Residents can drop off unused or unwanted medications at any time throughout the year. All medications are handled according to the law enforcement agency's evidence protocols until taken for final destruction in accordance with state and federal laws.

NEW web site launched! Check it out:


POD Drop Box Locations in Charlevoix County:

Boyne City - City Hall @ 319 North Lake Street. 231-582-6611

Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office (Jail Entrance) @ 1000 Grant St. 231-547-4461

Charlevoix, City of Charlevoix Police Department @ 210 State Street. 231.547-3258

East Jordan - E.J. Police Department @ 326 Main Street. 231-536-2273

Beaver Island - Charlevoix County Sheriff Sub-station @ 37830 Kings Hwy. 231-448-2700


For more information on Medicines in Our Waterways, visit:


GUIDELINES for disposing of sharps. NOT mirrors or window glass!!!!

Sharps are defined as any object having acute corners, edges or protuberances capable of cutting or piercing. Examples: needles, syringes, razor blades, etc. These items should NOT be disposed of in the normal trash. Every year workers are injured by sharps in trash cans & recycling bins. Please follow these guidelines for proper safe disposal:

SHARPS CONTAINERS: Sharps containers can be purchased at many different department stores and on-line (Amazon). Several sizes & shapes are available. In the absence of a purchased container, label a RIGID PUNCTURE-PROOF container (such as a laundry detergent or bleach bottle) with the words "SHARPS WASTE". Place all sharps into container as generated. When full, tape container closed or tightly lid.

SHARPS COLLECTIONS: Bring your sharps containers to HHHW events for safe & proper disposal. Household Hazardous Waste events are held twice a year in Charlevoix County. For more information contact 231.582.6193.

For future reference, click here DISPOSAL OF SHARPS.

Yellow Jug Program Top
Yellow Jug Old Drugs [Click here to view full size picture]

Yellow Jug Old Drugs® is a program to collect & dispose of unused/unwanted/expired drugs, non-controlled substances only.
It began in May of 2009 in NE Michigan and is now available at 158 pharmacies across the state.
In Charlevoix County, these local pharmacies participate:

BOYNE CITY GLEN'S MARKET, phone 231-582-4545
BOYNE CITY HUFF'S PHARMACY, phone 231-582-6514
CHARLEVOIX CENTRAL DRUG, phone 231-547-2424

For more information on the program, visit:

The Charlevoix County Sheriff's Department will also accept your prescription drugs INCLUDING controlled substances.
For more information contact: Chuck Vondra at 231-547-4461.

Appliances with Freon * see new info Top

If it can't be fixed, recycle it.


Before disposing of an appliance with refrigerant, the Freon must be removed by a licensed individual.

Appliances can be taken free-of-charge to:

Brooks Appliance Service, 02933 Boyne City Charlevoix Rd., Boyne City. Phone 231.582.6217

East Jordan Auto Parts, 121 Elm St, East Jordan

phone 231.536.2322



Mercury Thermostats Top
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NEW - Mercury Thermostat Recycling site

Through grant funding from M.DEQ and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Michigan Energy Options implemented a mercury thermostat recycling program in Michigan.

The program objective: increase the number of collection sites across the State of Michigan, making it easier for citizens to properly recycle mercury and keep it out of our landfills.

Collection sites were few & far between. As a result of this program, 300 sites will be established across the state of Michigan. Recently, a Michigan Energy Options representative contacted the Charlevoix Conservation District, to ask if we would like to become one of the new collection sites? Our response was of course.

Green plastic bins will be located at the District Office in Boyne City and the Charlevoix County Building.  For more information contact Alison at 231.582.6193.

Electronics recycling [Click here to view full size picture]

Charlevoix County residents can dispose of old electronics responsibly and at NO CHARGE during the HHW events.


Valley City Electronics Recycling out of Grand Rapids accepts listed items, see below.


If you don't want to wait for an event & want to rid yourself of that old computer or television immediately, you can contact Emmet County Recycling Facility on Pleasant View Road near Harbor Springs. They are a regional electronics drop-off site.  But call ahead before making the trip, as some fees may apply.  They can be reached at 231.348.0640. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM - 4 PM, Saturday 8 AM - 3 PM.

Recycling newsletter articles Top
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The recycling articles below, are from the March 2014 Charlevoix Conservation District newsletter. 

Goodwill Collection Box Top
Goodwill collection box [Click here to view full size picture]

NEW - October 2014


There is now a Goodwill collection box located at the Charlevoix recycling drop-off site located at 1030 Grant Street in Charlevoix.


This page last updated on 5/16/2016.
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